Every September for the past three years, Portrait of Britain has taken over high streets, rail stations, shopping malls and airports across the United Kingdom, transforming JCDecaux screens into celebrations of the many faces of modern Britain, and its contemporary photographic talent. This year is no different. As much a celebration of photography as a celebration of our country’s people, Portrait of Britain has become the largest contemporary portrait exhibition ever held. Last year, British Journal of Photography also produced the first Portrait of Britain book — a physical embodiment of the work of the shortlisted and winning photographers. Published by Hoxton Mini Press, and distributed worldwide, the book was met with great acclaim and will be returning this year with 200 new images, each chosen for their nuanced reflections of the British people. Among those shortlisted is James Tye for his photograph of Franko-B, a visual artist, professor and DJ. “I met him by chance at a zebra crossing in Whitechapel, over a decade ago,” says Tye, who shot the portrait specifically to enter …
In the early 1900s, Paul Thulin’s great-grandfather settled on the coast of Maine, reminded of his homeland of Sweden. Thulin’s family has returned to Gray’s Point each summer ever since, and Thulin has been working on a project there, called Pine Tree Ballads, for over a decade. Initially inspired by his grandfather’s photographs, he hopes it has “a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors my narrative sense of self and heritage”.
BJP: How did you first get into photography?
PT: My journey into photography started as a way to rebel against my growing contempt and frustration with the limits of language to effectively communicate. In 1996, I returned from a stressful year of studying Philosophy in a Master’s program at Syracuse University and I remember wanting to escape into the mountains to possibly join a Zen monastery. I wanted to meditate and remain silent in an effort to really just experience the world.
This desire led me to discover the writings and images of photographers Minor White, Frederick Sommer, and Emmet Gowin, as their mystical and spiritual use of photography intrigued me. Before I knew it, I borrowed a 35mm camera to try to make meaningful images of my own and I was hooked.
Projects exploring mysterious religious rituals in Russia, Soviet health resorts in Poland, and Ukrainian school graduations all feature on the shortlist for this year’s New East Photo Prize. Including 16 photographers from Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Slovakia and Azerbaijan, the shortlisted series will be exhibited as part of a group show this autumn.
“Each of the shortlisted photographers demonstrate a unique approach to the people, places and stories that shape the region,” says Ekow Eshun, creative director of Calvert. “The prize has proven itself once again to be an important space for emerging photographers to gain international recognition, and we look forward to working with each of them in the exhibition and beyond.”
An exclusive British Journal of Photography commission gives one photographer the opportunity to capture the untold stories surrounding fracking in the UK
British Journal of Photography announces the photographers shortlisted for Meet California, an exclusive commission for which four competition winners will create a body of work responding to vast American state
1854 Media has been shortlisted for three PPA Awards, including Publishing Innovator of the Year, for which Pax Zoega, Head of Agency at Studio 1854, has been shortlisted. Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, has also been shortlisted for the PPA Great Leap Forward Award, and 1854 Media-owned British Journal of Photography has been shortlisted for Consumer Media Brand of the Year. Within these categories are a number of prestigious names: Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief at Vogue, and Glamour Beauty Club, both part of Condé Nast Publications, have been shortlisted in the PPA Great Leap Forward Award category. Up against us in the Consumer Media Brand of the Year category are Radio Times and BBC Gardeners’ World, along with Women’s Health and The Economist. “With nearly 400 entries from more than 70 different companies, just to get onto the PPA Awards shortlist is a major achievement in itself,” says Barry McIlheney, CEO of PPA. In the last two years, 1854 Media has scooped three prizes in the annual awards. In 2016, British Journal of Photography was …
British Journal of Photography is excited to reveal the photographers shortlisted for Austria. The Art of Discovery. Of the eight photographers, one will travel to Austria on an exclusive commission to explore and document the country
British Journal of Photography reveal the 20 photographers who have been shortlisted for Dark Corners, five of whom will be exhibited in the Museum of London alongside the major exhibition London Nights
British Journal of Photography announces the seven photographers shortlisted for Postcards from Copenhagen, an exclusive commission for which three competition winners will create a body of work in the Danish capital
The judging of the first ever Send Anywhere Awards has come to a close. Find out who made the final shortlist.