Heading deeper into 2017, the United Kingdom, following the continuous discussions of Brexit (Britain’s decision by vote to leave the European Union), more apprehensiveness and tensions are being stirred around in one large pool of uncertainty so it seems. Ignoring such negativity, the British Journal of Photography presented Portrait of Britain, an inspiring nationwide exhibition that was shown across JCDecaux’s digital network of screens in railway stations, shopping centres, high streets and bus stops around the UK.
Receiving nearly 4000 entries, the group selected the portraits that they felt captured the young and the old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people, but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture.
Adopting a variety of different photographic techniques and styles such as posed, candid, analogue, digital, colour, black and white, a unifying theme to them is that of ‘home’. Perhaps arguably poignant given current political issues like immigration and the lingering uncertainty of a post-Brexit Britain.
Unfortunately these images are no longer available to see in public spaces, however there’s no means why they should still not be appreciated for their raw beauty in depicting the diversity that makes Britain so quintessentially British in modern society. To view the full collection, visit the British Journal of Photography’s website.
All images sourced from: The British Journal of Photography. Portrait of Britain Gallery (2016) [Online] Available at: http://gallery.portraitofbritain.uk/
Francesca Allen / Chris Baker / Eleanor Bentall / Nina Borowsky / Samuel Bradley / Hannah Burton / Fabiola Cedillo / Tereza Červeňová / Jon Clay / Dylan Collard / Annie Collinge / Thomas Dryden-Kelsey / Andrew Edwards (AME XXV) / Brock Elbank / Tim Fisher / Angelo Formato / Jona Frank / Julia Fullerton-Batten / Emanuele Giovagnoli / Benji Gordon / Alex Grace / James Hall / Mark Harrison / Frederike Helwig / Shara Henderson / Clare Hewitt / Liz Hingley / Michael John Hunter/ Adama Jalloh / Tom Johnson / Jack Johnstone / Tom Keen / Mathew Philip Jones / Phoebe Kiely / Bill Knight / Kovi Konowiecki / Buki Koshoni / Wojtek Kutyla / Claudia Leisinger / Jenny Lewis / Anneleen Lindsay / Andy Lo Pò / Sahil Lodha / Derek Lomas/ William Arkle Marsden / Matt MacPake / Simon Martin / Oliver Martin / Rosie Matheson / Gavin Maxwell / Jamie McGregor Smith / Jo Metson Scott / Paul Meyler / George Micheal Mundy / Jack Minto / Ali Mobasser / Kelvin Murray / James O Jenkins / Chris O’Donovan / Zoe Ranford / Peter Robinson / Clémentine Schneidermann / David Severn / Arpita Shah / Rosaline Shahnavaz / Nick Shand / Phil Sharp / Andrew Shaylor / Christoph Soeder / Neil Spence / Chris Symonds / Eliza Tamo / Fergus Thomas / Celia Topping / David Vintiner / Tom Watkins / Dan Wilton / Fiona Yaron-Field / Mei Ying Chan