All posts filed under: Portrait of Britain

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

How to photograph the perfect portrait.

“Taking someone’s portrait is always a disruptive and often very awkward event. Everyone has their default portrait pose. The role of the photographer is to push beyond, to find that mysterious intimate moment that only a camera can freeze.”

2017-08-31T10:47:49+00:00

Show: Niall McDiarmid’s Here and Now London Portraits

“Individually these photos represent the moment that we crossed paths, but collectively they represent my portrait of London – a confident city, a city of the future, a city I call home,” says Niall McDiarmid, who has been shooting portraits on the streets of Britain’s capital for the last six years.

2017-08-31T10:48:20+00:00

BJP: Open call for Portrait of Britain 17

“Portrait of Britain is a celebration of photography as much as the country’s people. We want to encourage self-expression, and to show the public the many approaches used by photographers to describe their worlds,” says BJP‘s editorial director Simon Bainbridge. “Portrait of Britain comes at a time of uncertainty and self-examination for the UK. But our exit from the EU provides an opportunity to reflect on our identity and think about our place in the wider world. Portrait of Britain provides a chance to quietly reflect on that through portraits, capturing the unique heritage and diversity of our people, free of a divisive rhetoric of politics.” He’s discussing BJP‘s annual portrait competition, which is open to any photographer with a picture of a person shot in Britain. From the entries, 100 images will be selected for a  nationwide public exhibition, showcased on JC Decaux digital screens on the streets and in transport hubs the length and breadth of Britain in September 2017. From casual snapshots and selfies to documentary projects and street photography, BJP takes an open-minded …

2017-08-31T10:36:08+00:00

Be Part of Portrait of Britain

The exhibition is also available in a limited-edition print sale. So, in this most public of art exhibitions, if you like something you see, you can buy a part of it for yourself. The BJP team envisaged an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people. In our new portraiture issue, on shelves now, we reveal the selected images which, for the month of September, will be seen up and down the country. “The exhibition is about celebrating the diversity and the unique heritage of Britain and hopefully by doing so adding some nuance to the very divisive debate following Brexit,” BJP‘s editorial director Simon Bainbridge tells TIME. “The portraits say we aren’t easily categorized by class or race or age or region,” says Bainbridge. “Once you are confronted with a person, you have to engage with them as an individual and not as stereotype or a grouping. That’s something photography does very easily, it disrupts your prejudice or your usual thoughts about people outside your own bubble.” We’ve now launched a …

2017-08-31T10:37:03+00:00

BJP editor talks Portrait of Britain on BBC London

Bainbridge appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about the 100 selected portraits for the nationwide public exhibition Portrait of Britain,  showcased on JCDecaux digital screens across the UK now. He was joined by photographers to discuss the significance of their portrait shots within the context of modern Britain. Visible on the nation’s high streets, roadsides and in transport hubs across the length and breadth of the country throughout September 2016, the exhibition will be seen by an audience of millions. “When public art works really well it has an engagement with its surroundings and local population. That’s what we want to do with Portrait of Britain. “If you genuinely want your work to be seen by the public and not just a bunch of gallerists and publishers in a metropolitan city, this is a unique opportunity to get it out to an extraordinary amount of people,” said Bainbridge, Editor of British Journal of Photography. Listen to the interview here:

2017-08-31T10:38:15+00:00

BJP’s Portrait Issue 2016, with Portrait of Britain

The magazine also includes longform features on Nadav Kander’s most recent portraiture series, Charlie Kwai’s stunning London street photography, and the picture editors of some of the world’s top magazines. After settling in Kentish Town, North London, Kander established himself as on the most in-demand commercial portrait photographers in the world – taking iconic pictures of people like Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu, David Beckham and David Lynch. In 2009, Kander started to work on more conceptual, landscape-orientated series. His series Yangtze, the Long River won the prestigious Prix Pictet, while his series Dust, which documents sites of Soviet nuclear testing on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, and Bodies, a series of nudes covered in marble white dust, were exhibited at London’s Flowers Gallery. Daily Presentations is his latest series, a mediation on modern Britain, through a series of serendipitous portraits of strangers. Charlie Kwai is a self-described shy man, who began his life as a photographer by taking landscapes. That changed when the London-based artist started to walk the streets of his hometown, …

2017-08-31T10:38:48+00:00

Own Part of Portrait of Britain, the UK’s Biggest Public Art Exhibition

The BJP team envisaged an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people. Now, in our new portraiture issue, we reveal the selected images which, for the month of September, will be displayed nationwide on JCDecaux digital screens in an unprecedented outdoor exhibition examining the face of modern Britain. Of nearly 4000 entries, we have selected the portraits that capture the young and the old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people, but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture. Simon Bainbridge, editor of BJP, says of the exhibition: “We hope that, collectively, the 100 selected portraits would present an alternative to the mainstream rhetoric, and that, taken on their own, they would add some nuance to the picture of who we are as a country, and celebrate our unique heritage and diversity.” We’ve now launched a limited edition, museum quality print sale for almost all of the Portrait of Britain images. Many of the photographs are available to buy, priced from £75 for an A4 print …

2017-08-31T10:40:29+00:00

BJP’s Portrait of Britain exhibition to launch across the UK on 1st September

We asked you to show us the modern face of Britain. And while much has happened in the six months since that might challenge our long-held notions about our national identity, the 100 portraits chosen provide a reflection on who we really are, away from the rhetoric of politics and the discourse of division. Envisaged as an exhibition by the people, of the people and for the people, Portrait of Britain was initiated as an open call for photographs that celebrate this country’s unique heritage and diversity. Selected from nearly 4000 entries, the winning portraits capture young and old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people, but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture. There is formality and craft in photographs such as Phil Sharp’s profile view of musicians and producer Dave Okumu, which features on our cover. Others are more casual, a moment observed and captured, like Celia Topping’s photograph of her son meeting his newborn brother for the first time. There are portraits that directly refer to the many nuances …

2017-08-31T10:41:11+00:00

BJP Staff