Studio 1854

Studio 1854 works with photographers to create narrative-led projects that explore the world we live in.

By focusing on themes that are culturally and socially relevant, our commissions offer paid opportunities for photographers to collaborate with clients on projects that matter.

Our bespoke commissioning platform – 1854 Commissions – matches contemporary photographic talent with clients to achieve the best possible results. We share client briefs with our global community and select the optimum candidate based on a range of factors including style, creative approach and past work.

For Clients

We offer two types of commissions. For a managed commission we publish your creative brief on 1854 Commissions and select a photographer most suited to it. We contract them on your behalf and oversee the assignment to ensure that they fulfil your objectives.
For a creative commission, we work with you to develop a creative brief in line with your objectives. We publish this on 1854 Commissions and select a shortlist of photographers who each submit a creative concept. We select the strongest candidate and work with them to develop their approach and ensure that they fulfil your objectives.

Star Wars Families with Lucasfilm

We commissioned 10 photographers in 10 countries to pay homage to the iconic Skywalker saga, and the families who have enjoyed its magic for nearly half a century.

The adidas Breaking Barriers Commission

Photographer Alice Mann created a new body of work exploring women’s football clubs in London in the lead-up to the 2018 Women’s World Cup.

Women’s football: Taking up space

Alice Mann was selected for the adidas Breaking Barriers commission. Organised by Studio 1854 in collaboration with adidas, the project awarded Mann £10,000 to create a new body of work. Below, a handful…

Stories for Change with Panasonic LUMIX


In an ongoing collaboration that celebrates the power of photography in driving positive change, three photographers have been awarded a grant and Panasonic LUMIX S Series kit to create a new body of work around themes Inclusion and Belonging.

Meet California with Visit California

Four photographers and one filmmaker were flown to California and commissioned to create new personal projects shedding light on lesser-known sides of the state.

Ready to tap into our global network of photographers and filmmakers to reinvent your visual campaigns?