Calling all photographers to enter Portrait of Britain 2019

“These magnificent photographs capture at once the great diversity and the inescapable identity of the British people,” writes Will Self, in his introduction to the Portrait of Britain 2018 book, “Gay, straight, bisexual and non-normative; male, female and non-binary; old, young and in between – how can it be that these – every one a compelling identity in its own right — are nonetheless trumped …

A Portrait of Britain: 20 years of farming

Harry Borden’s winning image from Portrait of Britain 2017 is a testament to the farming community he grew up in Acclaimed portrait photographer Harry Borden has captured an array of iconic subjects including Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. His ongoing personal projects focus on subjects that particularly resonate with him and include Single Parent Dads and Holocaust Survivors, which was published as a photobook and shortlisted …

A Portrait of Britain: I wanted to give a face to the girl I was and the girls who are

Carolyn Mendelsohn’s selected portrait is part of her ongoing series Being Inbetween, which explores the complex transition between girlhood and young adulthood. Carolyn Mendelsohn is a portrait photographer and filmmaker based in the UK. Her most recognisable body of work, Being Inbetween, is a continually evolving series of portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve. The work arises from Mendelsohn’s own memories of this age, and …

A Portrait of our National Health Service

Lewis Khan’s selected portrait for Portrait of Britain 2017 was taken as part of a series produced during an artist residency at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Lewis Khan is a London-based photographer and filmmaker specialising in social documentary. Since graduating from UWE in Bristol, where he studied photography, he has won the 2014 Shuffle Film Festival Short Film Prize for his moving portrayal of …

Harry Flook on shooting a compelling portrait

Harry Flook’s selected portrait for Portrait of Britain 2017 is a test for his ongoing series ‘Apostate’, which documents people who have abandoned their religious faiths Harry Flook is a Bristol-based writer and photographer, whose photographic work is rooted in his personal experiences. Having left his own religious faith, he embarked on ‘Apostate’, a project photographing those who had done the same, and he stumbled …