Sian Davey's intimate portraits of her daughters

Reading Time: 5 minutes A psychotherapist for 15 years, Sian Davey switched careers to photography in 2014 and has made a success of it – she’s now represented by Michael Hoppen Gallery, for example, and her book Looking for Alice was nominated for the Aperture Best Book Award at Paris Photo 2016, and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards 2017.

22 June 2017

Art, Justice and Terror – or how image-makers can reframe the War on Terror

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can art contribute to our understanding of justice in a time of global conflict? Award-winning photographer Edmund Clark considered the question with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and human rights lawyer Cori Crider at the IWM London – home to his ongoing show, War of Terror

21 June 2017

The Battle for Mosul, as seen by Tommy Trenchard

Reading Time: 5 minutes After eight months of fighting, Iraqi forces are close to retaking the city of Mosul. Photographer Tommy Trenchard has spent much of the last three months documenting the conflict in his project The Battle for Mosul. His photographs cover the bitter street-fighting in the western half of Mosul, as well as the war’s effect on the city’s residents – over half a million of whom have been displaced since the rise of ISIS in 2014.

14 June 2017

Behind the scenes of an award-winning portrait.

Reading Time: 4 minutes “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

14 June 2017

Mathias Depardon is released by the Turkish government

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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.”

9 June 2017

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.”

8 June 2017

"Closer" to Robert Capa's path with Magnum Square Print Sale

Reading Time: 4 minutes “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.

5 June 2017

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes ” 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 –

31 May 2017

Katrin Streicher's Night Time Tremors

Reading Time: 3 minutes Katrin Streicher’s series, Night Time Tremors, tells the story of a city being slowly swallowed by the ground. Located inside the Arctic Circle in Sweden, Kiruna was built on one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world, and sits on top of a network of mines

30 May 2017