Author: Susanna D'Aliesio

Behind the scenes of an award-winning portrait.

“As a photographer, you are basically only able to create an image of how you see someone rather than maybe what is really there,” says Jenny Lewis, whose portraiture has been published in two books, and whose work was selected for the inaugural Portrait of Britain show

2017-06-21T20:41:40+00:00

Mathias Depardon is released by the Turkish government

One month after French photographer Mathias Depardon was first detained by the Turkish police, he has finally been released. It took pressure from the French government and Reporters Sans Frontiers, and a hunger strike by Depardon, but this evening he was on his way to Paris. And yesterday, after a month of only being allowed meetings with his lawyer, Emine Şeker, the 37-year-old was allowed to meet his mother, Daniele Van de Lanotte. “It was very emotional for both sides,” she told AFP. “I saw my son crying because he was so moved. I am relieved to see him, it is quite a gift.”

2017-06-10T07:08:51+00:00

How to shoot a perfect portrait: tips from Ali Mobasser, a Portrait of Britain 2016 winner

photography has the power to unite and create empathy, something that we, as photographers, should see as our obligation to the world,” says Ali Mobasser, who was one of the winners of BJP’s Portrait of Britain project last year. “Exhibiting using major advertising space was a brilliant idea,” he said of the initiative, “replacing its capitalist function with a humanist cause is genius. It’s a bit like secretly replacing someone’s cigarettes with carrot sticks, or opening up the Daily Mail to find the poetry of Rumi.”

2017-06-13T15:01:52+00:00

“Closer” to Robert Capa’s path with Magnum Square Print Sale

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,” said Magnum Photos co-founder Robert Capa, famously. This week Magnum Photos is revisiting Capa’s concept with its Square Print Sale, part of a cycle of four print sales it’s running to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

2017-06-05T14:46:26+00:00

Jo Metson Scott believes there is no formula behind a perfect portrait.

” I always feel like I am (metaphorically, and sometimes physically) skipping or hopping around a person waiting for the moment I get something interesting from them, waiting for the moment it goes from being quite ordinary to being something powerful or compelling.” Jo Metson Scott, a winner in BJP’s Portrait of Britain 2016, shares how to capture the perfect moment –

2017-08-31T10:46:44+00:00

The force is strong with emerging photographer Iggy Smalls

“In Neverland I reject the notion that a photograph or a photographer is able to capture the truth,” says Iggy Smalls. “I have a hard time grasping the definition of truth, and though I do not deny the power that images have to move us, this project will hopefully move you to question what is staged or otherwise manipulated, and what coincidentally really just happened.”

2017-06-05T15:02:52+00:00

Portraiture and the importance of being patient.

How do you shoot a great portrait? It’s all about connection, says Dan Wilton, one of the Portrait of Britain winners last year. “Sometimes that can be hard – especially with very short shoots – but that’s one of the challenges and one of the reasons I love it so much.”

2017-08-31T10:47:18+00:00

Photo London joins La Fábrica to launch the Book Dummy Award

BJP is proud to present the Book Dummy Award, a new competition run in partnership with La Fábrica and Photo London.

The award offers one winner the chance to have his or her book published, in a print run of at least 1000 copies, and have it showcased through La Fabrica’s sales catalogue, presented an exhibited at festivals and fairs such as Photo London 2018 and PHotoESPAÑA 2018, and submitted to the most important photography competitions around the world.

2017-06-05T15:05:34+00:00

BJP Staff