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VIDEO: Phil Toledano – When I Was Six

His only remaining memories are of beating on her bedroom door, shouting that he wished she was dead. And the police coming to tell them the news. Phil Toledano was six and Claudia nine when she died in a fire. Partly to protect him, Claudia was almost never spoken of again. In turn, he somehow managed to block her out. He can’t remember anything of the years after she died. He developed a strange fixation with space, distant planets, the seemingly serene, slow-moving existence of being an astronaut. His only other memories of her were as a baby or toddler, he says. “But that doesn’t make any sense, because she was nine when she died, and I was only six.” When his parents died, Toledano discovered a case in the back of their wardrobe. It was full of Claudia’s belongings, and of pictures they had taken of her. BJP – Phil Toledano – When I was Six from Apptitude Media on Vimeo. “When I saw the pictures, she seemed so grown up, and that was so …


VIDEO: British Journal of Photography – in print since 1854

A lot has been said about photography, and journalism, in the digital age. We believe in, and are part of, an awful lot of it. But we also believe very deeply that photography, and photography journalism, is at its best in print. This conviction is backed by a long heritage. We’ve been printing and publishing photographers’ work since 1854 – that’s more than 160 years. We’ve charted the monumental impact of photography, from salt prints to Instagram, through ink and paper. It’s easy to get caught up in a sense of relentless change, in a fixation with speed and buzz and going viral. But maybe the photographers we feature deserve a little more; an element of permanence and tradition, a promise that we’ll do justice to their work. So, for the April edition of BJP, which we entitled Driven to Abstraction, we took a camera to the BJP’s printing press. We documented how long it took to create our magazine and how detailed the process was – even after the editorial team had finished up …


VIDEO: Dominic Hawgood – International Photography Award Winner

“Staging is not the same as faking.” That phrase, from photography academic David Campbell, was the bedrock for Dominic Hawgood’s Under the Influence, a highly conceptualised look at faith and meaning in a world of images. The series scooped the series category of BJP’s International Photography Award, last year, and Campbell’s phrase is now helping shape the 34-year-old’s approach to the exhibition he won, which opened late last year London’s TJ Boulting Gallery. The series examines human behaviour in contemporary African churches in London, “and the merchandising of these modern rituals”; inspired to start it after witnessing an exorcism first-hand, he also explores “the theatrical practice of deliverance”. These techniques suggest a certain cynicism about religion but Hawgood says that wasn’t his intention. He’s simply considering whether we can experience something authentic in a knowingly constructed environment – or via carefully crafted imagery. “Ideas are formed through the imagery presented to us, removing us from actual life experiences, adding another layer of distance that evokes a desire to experience the real, close up,” he wrote …


From Last Stop (c) George Georgiou

George Georgiou’s Last Stop – how he captured London’s streets

A battered old hatchback rolls up outside Folkestone Station, and George Georgiou – with a shy, blokey smile – leans over to pop the passenger door, before driving me through the seaside town he now calls home. He sits in the driver’s seat as if he were in his armchair at home; for a long time, this car was the closest thing he had to a home. He has driven all over the world in it with his wife, the photographer Vanessa Winship, covering thousands upon thousands of miles, from London to Georgia, then Ukraine, Turkey, Italy, and finally America. It has been a long journey, solely motivated by photography. “Welcome to my hotel,” he says in that distinctive North London accent. “It’s a bit like The Shining.” On the edges of the town, Georgiou leads me up the steps and into the heart of a grand, faded old building. It was indeed once a hotel, and the patterned carpets and ornate banisters remain. Now it’s private flats, home to the town’s old timers and young couples …


BJP Staff