To celebrate the recent launch of Photographer Matt Writtle’s photobook and exhibition Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England acclaimed Times journalist, writer and broadcaster Hugo Rifkind will be interviewing Matt at his solo exhibition to discuss the project and Matt’s practice in more depth.
Photographer Matt Writtle invites fellow Photographer, A Small Voice podcast host and writer Ben Smith down to his exhibition Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England to discuss the practicalities of creating, funding, publishing and launching your own photobook and exhibition. Matt will reveal the finer intricacies of how his recent project which has spanned 10 years of work came to fruition.
Today I am very excited to launch the Kickstarter campaign to publish my photo book “Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England”. This project has been a labour of love for the last decade. I have travelled around the country with my camera documenting how people from all walks of life spend the Sabbath.
The longlist for The Orwell Prize for Exposing Social Evils was announced this month. I am thrilled that David Cohen (Campaigns Editor), Kiran Mensah (Photographer) and myself have been nominated for our work on the London Evening Standard Campaign ‘The Estate We’re In’.
Two of my great passions are photography and music. A major reason for this is that both act as emotional time machines – when you hear a song it can immediately transport you back to a time and a place long forgotten. The beauty of photography is that it is also a visual time machine that literally freezes time and preserves that moment for eternity. With that in mind, I started reflecting on the year that’s passed and thought it would be an absorbing exercise to review my photographs and compile my favourites of 2015. These are not necessarily commissioned or published images, or the most aesthetically pleasing, (those can be viewed on my website), but ones that are special to me.
This is my favourite time of the year. I know that some people sink into melancholy as the summer slips away but I always feel invigorated. The chill in the air, the subtle change in light and mood bring with them a shiver of excitement. A new season is here with all its promise and that is inspiring!
A blue dawn The shock has finally subsided. Whatever your political allegiance, the election results on May 7th surprised everyone. ‘If the exit polls are right, I will publicly eat my hat…’ declared former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown. Words he would later regret. While the colour blue began to creep across the country, London […]
My first big assignment in London was to capture an ‘under siege’ Alastair Campbell near his home. Labour’s notorious spin doctor had just resigned from Tony Blair’s government and was hot news. A pack of jostling photographers were all battling for the best shot. However, having fought with one of the biggest packs in media in Hong Kong for the previous two years, I was not going to be intimidated and thrust my camera forward to get the best photo I could. The door slammed and Alastair and his wife were gone. My phone rang immediately, “You seemed to handle yourself pretty well there. Wanna work tomorrow?” came the Press Association picture editor’s voice, (he’d been watching live on Sky News). That was it, my career in London had begun!
Do you remember ‘Our Friends in the North’? Back in 1996, this superb series charted the lives and loves of four friends over forty years. It featured the very talented but relatively unknown actors Daniel Craig, Gina McKee, Christopher Eccleston and Mark Strong. I fell in love with this drama, so when the London Evening Standard […]
Today is a day for reflection. Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember people who have died or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. This day means a lot to me, as I have been involved in documenting those who have survived the Holocaust. In […]
#fivedayblackandwhitechallenge DAY 1: My friend Paul Miller has nominated me for this challenge and I was going to go out and shoot especially for it, which I thought was the idea, right? But like everyone else I’m going archival. This image was taken as pat of a story I did in 2003 on the future of Welsh […]
A Tall Order “You’ve got 5 minutes with Kevin” Was this short window going to be enough time with one of crickets most notorious sportsmen Kevin Peterson? Obviously a busy man, he was at the Olympic Park to promote his new book ‘KP, The Autobiography’. This was his chance to share his side of the story after […]
Well the summer is almost fading but what a beautiful summer it has been. Not only am I still in the glow of being recently married, work has been encouraging busy, especially for August, maybe the green shoots are finally upon us. Amongst all this I found time to enter a short film I made […]
My regular work for the London Evening Standard features department always provides a good source of portraits and features. I was given five minutes with former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion David Haye recently. A rather misunderstood character who wanted to open up his personality to the public in a ‘warts and all’ interview with journalist Ian Stafford […]
I have been travelling around the world with the charity EveryChild for the past eight years. Africa has always been one of my favourite destinations, but I’d never been to Ethiopia. EveryChild has been working with their partner there for over 15 years and had successfully implemented projects enabling their partner to continue unaided, so […]
This was the second time I photographed Andrea Riseborough and like the first, she was as friendly and accommodating. This was shortly before she was voted Best Actress at the prestigious London Evening Standard Film Awards for her portrayal of failed IRA terrorist turned informer in Shadow Dancer. For the full articleÂ http://tinyurl.com/afwktzf Proof that Polly […]