In the wake of the pandemic it’s become apparent how important public spaces are to us
as individuals and to society as a whole. This is especially true for South Africans, given our
segregated history. The Sea Point Promenade, once a whites-only public amenity, now thrives with all
walks of life, celebrating the incredible change and progression our society has made.
These images are from my ongoing series titled 'Going Back Home'. I'm visiting my
family and relatives in Nepal for the first time since the pandemic started. This visit has been
different to my usual past ones. So many of my relatives are not here anymore due to COVID. Many of my
nieces and nephews have grown much taller. I'm using these images to capture the change I'm
experiencing. It was the first day of school for my little niece in the school that her big sister goes
to. She was proudly parading her new uniform with her big sister.
My friends and I went to a nudist beach in Valencia one evening. After a quick dip
Alberto started shivering, so Alona put her arms around him to keep him warm.
This was taken at a Cotillion ball, a Southern tradition and the culmination of weeks
of etiquette and dance training. Out of more than 60 fifth-graders at the ball, Ariel was one of two
‘Sometimes the best thing you can do is to go out, breathe fresh air and connect with
nature. We are simple creatures with simple needs, we just make it very complicated for ourselves.’
Willemien and her dog Pippa are inseparable. This was taken just after Willemien had
taken a dip at this naturist beach. She is a committed advocate of the rights of refugees and the LGBTQ+
By not retouching my images or using makeup, only natural light in the studio, I create
a safe environment, initiating a process of removing all masks. I want to capture raw and unaltered
Emanuele and his wife are struggling to survive in one of numerous townships. Against
all odds, he is not giving up; he believes, knows, that his daughter and her generation will have a
This documents 75-year-old Katinka Hall’s battle with cancer. While hope was rapidly
fading, the peaceful calm of acceptance and surrender was growing. She knew that life has given her a
great gift: to understand how precious and ephemeral our time here is, and to be able to spend what she
had left with people and activities that truly mattered. Katinka passed away a year after this was
Sasha, who is trans, and his girlfriend Sofia fled Odessa to an LGBTQ+ shelter in
Chernivtsi. Sasha says: ‘I actually want to fight, but Sofia won’t allow me, she is too afraid of losing
me. It’s also difficult to join the army as a trans man, because trans people in Ukraine are considered
mentally ill and are therefore labelled unfit.’
‘I think there’s pressure to wear a wig to fit in, as this is perhaps easier than
explaining why I have no hair. I’d like to see less judgement and more freedom for people to embrace
hair loss in their own way without fearing the reaction of others.’
‘It is simple to compare ourselves to others because what we seek is approval, which
makes us feel good. Instead, I’ve come to realise that the real struggle is learning to accept yourself
for who you are... One thing we all have in common, with vitiligo and without it, is that everyone is
worthy of love and support.’
Born during the war in Sudan, Hakima was raised in a Kenyan refugee camp and forced
into child marriage at 15. Then a friend sent her picture to a model agent and she was signed up
immediately: ‘Sometimes the hardships we face strengthen us. Before, I was afraid to believe. When I
look at pictures of myself now I can see what others see. I am unique. I now believe.’
Over lockdowns Clive and I would meet in this same spot to work out and talk about
life, and others began to join us. The space has remained a hub on the estate.
Pappu Jaiswal is a candyfloss seller. He told me, ‘I work every day on the beach, in
the city if the weather is bad or at night.’ There is competition between the sellers, and the streets
are very full, so having a bit of height to your display helps attract the buyers.
We grew up together, became women together. My friends don’t like to be photographed,
but this is the first picture the four of them all like equally.
This is Dev, sporting head injuries sustained from a late-night skateboarding accident.
It’s from a series documenting his recovery.
Dame Vivienne Westwood picks up the Game Changer Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
2022. She said: ‘Couture is the only sustainable fashion. My answer is to buy less, choose well, make it
Zana is local South African model. I was photographing her in the shallows of the tidal
pool when she suddenly erupted into joyous laughter. She realised she was floating, which for Zana who
can't swim, was a sensation she had never experienced before.
Wanstead Mobile Flying Club meet regularly to fly their own built aircraft. David
Marquis spoke of the community their club brings them, not to mention the fresh air.
Artist Darvsh Fakhr, shown here on the wall, provides a gentle reminder that we can
slow down and connect with ourselves and our environment, allowing for spontaneous creativity and play.
Footballer and child-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford, standing where it all began
for him – his old primary school pitch. He said, ‘I always talk about “protecting the future”. In this
generation, if we learn to protect the young kids, the young kids will do the same in the next
generation, and that’s how you make change for a long period of time.’
My children are at a juncture in their sibling relationship. My older daughter is
moving towards the thrill of teenage freedom, while my younger daughter feels a real sense of grief at
being left behind. I see this changing dynamic here, my youngest visibly and metaphorically holding on
to her sister.
The continuous growth of urban areas has led to more and more brick factories popping
up all across the country. This man had been working for eight hours in sweltering heat while following
the fasting rules of Ramadan.
The pandemic meant that I didn’t travel to see my parents for over two years. When I finally
did I saw they’d found another life - retired, by the sea, calmer, healthier, happier.
‘I was diagnosed recently – at the end of March last year. There wasn’t much fear, I am
a very calm person. To be honest, I still don’t understand whether I’ve accepted my new body or not.
After the operation, chemotherapy began – it affected my skin a lot. I also knew that my hair would fall
out so I shaved it off and bought a wig. The disease changes you. I began to notice life around me,
value very simple things.’
I met Marie when I started volunteering with the Tottenham Community Cook Up. There are
currently millions of people like her experiencing food insecurity in the UK, and thousands of food
banks helping them survive.
In the last few years of her life my grandmother wouldn’t allow me to take photos of
her. On my last trip before her death, she said I could photograph her however I wanted. It was a kind
of a farewell.
My husband and I met this man while travelling through a remote village in Northern
Pakistan. He’s wearing the local topi or pakol (hat), and carrying his child with a dupatta (shawl).
With the mountains in the background, the scene feels timeless.
As a Black Colorado-born African American and now Australian resident, Aurora Coulter
is acutely aware of her own heritage and the history of Australia’s indigenous population since
Ariel is transitioning from male to female and José from female to male, producing a
unique and intimate common space. They are both moving forward together into the unknown. Ariel says
their concerns include, ‘Are you still the same person? What appears and what disappears? Is there death
in the transit?’
My father hadn’t spoken to his brother since a disagreement following their mother’s
death eight years ago. We all met and walked around the neighbourhood where they grew up. My dad said,
‘Feeling warmth and love through remembering the old times in a brighter light can heal the wounds and
I saw this couple sharing a pint of whisky on a rare rainy and cold day. I was drawn to
Roshni had to delay her plans to go to Paris to begin her modelling career because of
the pandemic; two years later, after having lost her father to Covid, we met in the Luxembourg Gardens.
My parents have been married for 65 years. My dad had just turned 90 when this photo
was taken; he has dementia and my mother is his caretaker.
Lady Francesca, part of a collective of drag kings and queens with Down syndrome, is a
stickler for manners – she insisted my every request included a please and a thank you. She told me,
‘The whole Drag Syndrome team is like a family. We have a lot of fun.’
Part of a collective of drag queens and kings with Down syndrome, Justin has that rare
charisma of a superstar: ‘For me, it’s about survival. I can’t live without drag,’ he says.
Katarzyna Herman on the set of the film Summer in Nohant. I caught her during her
break, and liked the dissonance between the 19th-century costume and the modern RV. She wore a period
costume with such ease, as if she was wearing a tracksuit.
A West African musician, dancer, storyteller and teacher. I love hearing him play the
djembe and teaching students in the nearby green spaces.
After a four-vehicle accident that left him as an amputee, James decided he wanted to
live. A year before the accident, he had tried to take his own life. I met him at a fight show, where he
fought an able-bodied man.
Jukka is a well-known Finnish sculptor. He is currently renovating an old villa in
Perniö, and I took the portrait when the evening light was coming through the small window in the sauna
Despite only seeing each other twice a year, Sofia and Greta have a great bond. Greta
gets so much joy out of just watching and observing her great granddaughter.
‘I swim because I’m slightly addicted to the feeling – I’ve always been tempted by cold
water and have now found my swimming crew.’
I met this elderly lady as she tended her yaks. Her weather-beaten features told of a
hard life out in the unforgiving elements of the Himalayas, but her strength and character shone through
carried herself with pride and poise.
Baroque Barbie is a cellist who dresses like Marie Antoinette. She aims to perform in
all the subway stations in the city.
Ruby Jayaseelan is wearing a veshti, the white cloth wrap usually only worn by men in
the Tamil community. White symbolises purity, but also the death of women’s identities, as our lives are
greatly controlled by the patriarchy.
Elisa Estrella Muñoz works in the lithium plant. The demand for this mineral has risen
at a faster rate than they can assimilate, and raises questions about the social and environmental cost
of these transformations.
Nitin is one of my daughter’s classmates. After being in virtual school together during
the pandemic, we found out he and his family actually lived in our neighbourhood.
A self-taught artist, Davariz’s work highlights the importance of love and beauty
within the Black community as well as the Black experience.
Cara is an artist whose work is about issues of race in the American landscape and the
reality of life in her own skin.
Ibrahim is a dive master on the live-aboard dive boat Seaisee. It was easy to live in
the moment whenever I was around him. I wanted to capture the feeling of being under water: the freedom,
the weightlessness, almost like the ability to fly.
Every seven years we totally change, both physically and spiritually. I wanted to
explore spiritual freedom through connection, turning my camera on those closest – my family becoming a
conduit of poetic metaphor.
I find solace in remembering that what we leave behind are the stories we tell. By
immersing myself in each region and culture I visit, I bring a new account.
‘I felt a lump in my chest in 2012. Then the ground disappeared under my feet. I didn’t
think that at the age of 29 this could happen to me. After the operation I could not look calmly in the
mirror, and still do not do it very often. I really want to believe that there will be years of
remission and I will see how my daughter grows up. I am setting myself up for old age.’
Mr Kulwant Singh Ji and Mrs Paramjeet Kaur Ji have been happily married for 30 years.
They have a beautiful ritual of colour coordinating their outfits for any outing.
Scattered around the poorer districts of the city are members of the transgender
community. Forced by society’s prejudices to live on the margins of society, their lives are often under
threat from violence in an increasingly intolerant society.
The class was asked to close their eyes and visualise something: most found it
difficult to relax, but Nyalwal didn’t think twice, she closed her eyes and left this world.
This is the last picture I took in Ukraine before the war started, shortly after which
I left my homeland. The family is now in a safe place.
This is the first ever photo I took of my mother. I wanted to photograph her how she
spends most of her time – foraging. She is an eco-warrior of sorts, and Bhoori is her constant
It is common in big Indian families for older siblings to take care of the younger
ones. Often one sees girls in these motherly roles, so seeing the tender relationship between these two
brothers was special.
Roger stood out in the crowd at a Windrush Caribbean celebration event. He is a
campaigning politician, an independent candidate who has run for mayoral office in a London borough.
Jacob with his son Gabriel, after spending ten days at the NICU (neonatal intensive
care unit). He was overwhelmed, but glad that he could soon bring his son home.
This wallaby fell and her joey died inside her pouch. This sanctuary is one of few
taking in mature wildlife, which are difficult to rehabilitate.
This is a 100-year-old festival held to worship the Sun god, remember the saints, and
protect people. Two teams compete to demonstrate the battle between good and evil.
Josh is a designer working within the queer community who creates digital mental-health
tools for queer youth.
After dinner you may as well sit at the table a little longer. Transported. From home
in the very eastern part of the country, to an adapted church a little further west. Nothing to do,
nowhere to go.
Mario is a non-binary person that does not claim to be Muxe. Since Mario was not born
in Juchitan but the Valley of Tlacolula. When I approached Mario about this portrait, they wanted to
wear the traditional garments of the Valley, along with their tlacoyales. Tlacoyales are woven garments
that are incorporated into their braids. They're traditionally little balls woven and naturally dyed by
artisans who have passed down these skills for generations. Mario is also a renowned chef in Oaxaca and
a self-made experience guide for the state. This portrait was exhibited as part of the En Foco 2022
Fellowship in the Bronx, New York City.
Heir Islands Danny Murphy's funeral heading down the Ilen river on his last voyage to Heir
Island and Cunnamore. Islanders share isolation and risk in their everyday lives, and a common understanding
of bad weather, tides, and the changing seasons. The unspoken bond becomes evident when a tragedy happens.
‘Voguing is a language that actually makes sense to me... through movement I have found
ways to say what words can’t.’
Most economists like to concentrate on money, but not Sir Partha; he has been
concentrating on something far more valuable – the biodiversity of our planet. It is sad to hear him
speak in such blunt terms about how humans are destroying our planet. It only felt right to photograph
him among nature.
The southeast coast of Sicily, with its 9,000 hectares of greenhouses, is the European
area with the highest concentration of covered crops, second only to Almeria in Spain. I realised that
amidst the kilometres of plastic greenhouses under which our food grows, entire workers' families live
in miserable conditions, surrounded by toxic waste and far from society’s gaze. Chahed is 11 years old.
She arrived a year ago with her mother and sisters from Mahdia (Tunisia) to join her father who was
already living and working here. When I entered Chahed's bedroom, with much pride, she showed a laurel
wreath. Together we came up with the idea of this picture. The 'triumphalis' crown, or 'laurel wreath',
symbolised wisdom and glory in Greek mythology. It was the highest honour for a poet who had just
graduated. She is a promising student. Seeing her wearing the crown made me dream of her graduation.I
hope it will happen, despite her being a small Muslim woman living in a complicated context.
This community live nomadic lives around the lake, fishing with traditional handmade
nets. They barter fish for food, and their children are born and live floating on rafts.
Dancers of the Cambodian Royal Ballet return to the sacred temples of Angkor to pay
homage to ancient dancers and reconnect with the spiritual energy passed down through generations of
dancers and masters.
Tahir was unwell, he has difficulty with his sight and mobility. He was waiting in
40-degree heat to be seen at a clinic set up to serve over 21,000 refugees. It was established as a
sexual healthcare clinic, but people like Tahir come from far and wide in the hope of help for many
Lucy was surrounded by her girlfriends, immersed in the culture of self-recording and
the community and friendship that comes with it.
Puma was getting ready to perform his unique mix of Capoeira and Vogue dancing. He uses
martial arts and dance as a form of resistance again racism and homophobia.
Simone Gambassi, my father, bornt in 1950. Mechanical engineer, widow since 2018.
This group of young friends in their twenties were born in Bologna. Italy is still
awaiting a law about second generation immigrants’ citizenship, to recognise the rights of minors born
or educated in the country.
The migration of Haitians to Chile increased markedly in the 2010s. For a country
unaccustomed to receiving migrants, especially Afro-descendants, this migratory wave was very striking
and generated a break in Chilean society: there were those who asked the government to stop allowing the
entry of Haitians, others who took advantage of the situation by developing real human trafficking
mafias or charging ridiculous rents for overcrowded spaces. With little institutionality and this racial
conflict, Haitians were alone: they had to learn the language and integrate as best they could, often
living poorly and suffering discrimination. I took this photo in an evangelical chapel in the community
of Puente Alto, Santiago. A Haitian mother and her son attend a talk given by Chilean pastors in
creölle. A large group of local evangelicals have learned the language so they can preach and include
newcomers to their community. Even small chilean children skillfully read the bible in creölle.
Linda and her kids are starting over in a cooperative community, mostly made up of
displaced families following the Puerto Príncipe earthquake. She pays a neighbour to take her children
to a school in Lascahobas, 30 minutes away by motorcycle, every day.
‘Having both Dutch and Indonesian roots, I felt I never really fitted in. Living in a
yurt, intertwined with all the elements, my children and I are rooted into the clay in Oosterwold (a
sustainable urban-living collective).’
Something about the combination of his knife, the ink and his stance reminded me of a
Freddy was born in Suriname and came to Utrecht in his teens. He has worked as a car
mechanic, and told me he stays young by dancing. He is part of my project about whether a sense of
community has remained in Zuilen: I gave out six relay sticks, each the starting point of a connection,
and the people with that stick came to my studio then passed on the baton. That’s how I capture the
Fabric sculptor, designer and sustainable-fashion campaigner Daniel is known for living
his life as art. He wears extravagant ensembles that combine haute couture with vintage fabrics, found
objects, chainmail, ethnic jewellery and millinery. I shot him ahead of his exhibition, ‘Be Yourself,
Everyone Else is Already Taken’.
A police line separates Catholics from a traditional Protestant parade. The small
Catholic neighbourhood of Carrick Hill is regularly completely closed off in the marching season, which
inevitably leads to confrontations. Brendan (pictured) doesn’t know any different.
In this empty white church there was nothing more than the sitter, the light, the vast
space and me. Lotte and I were fully present in the moment.
I had the pleasure of photographing talented actor Joes Brauers in a beautiful
building. I really enjoyed the way he encounters the world. A curious mind and a soft-spoken intelligent
person, he was a joy to talk to. But the real joy was yet to come. When we started photographing, I saw
why people love to work with him. In the blink of an eye, he is fully submerged; submerged in the
situation, submerged in the location, but above all submerged in fully being there at that moment in
space and time.
Daniëlle is a writer and spoken word performer who explores issues around sexuality and
acceptance. I captured this honest portrait of her using just natural daylight.
Ester is from Germany and is a medical journalist, and Marat is a news photo editor
from Kyrgyzstan. I wanted to create an intimate moment that captures their special bond, and this
unexpected Pietà motif (a representation of Christ and the Virgin Mary) finally appeared.
Protest is the right to assembly and freedom of expression. This year in the UK people
marched and protested to protect this right after it came under threat with the new Police, Crime,
Sentencing and Courts Act.
His Thomas the Tank Engine armbands caught my eye first, and I was drawn in by his
openness and direct gaze. I was at the start of a 65 km coastline walk, a photographic journey I’d begun
to try to reconnect with my decades-old home, a territory undergoing rapid change.
I saw Elizabeth and Edward O’Brien walking hand-in-hand and was struck by how glamorous
and in love they looked. They told me they had a YouTube channel and were often stopped to be
photographed. I asked what made them so glam and they replied, ‘Loving one another makes us glamorous.’
I saw teenager Tadhg Hilliard at Gay Pride, his pink hair blowing in the wind. Tadhg is
a musician and has albinism, so wears SPF50 sunblock all over every day, even on bad Irish weather days.
My sister and I took all the precautions so that we could travel to where my mom lives
in Canada during the pandemic. My mom is a soil scientist, working closely with farmers to help heal
their soil, and for this image she took us out to a field she frequents.
This girl saw her tea shop ruined by sea water during super-cyclone Amphan. People here
depend on natural resources for their livelihood, but the indiscriminate felling of trees has created an
imbalance. Sundarbans is witnessing 3.14 mm rise in sea levels every year.
Taken near the beach of Accra, this man was having a conversation through the curtain
door of a shop.
Taken at 90 mph on the motorway, this shows a worker on her way to Victoria Island
riding in a danfo, which is a privately owned bus and common mode of local transport.
The high Himalayan weather is unpredictable. The snow season has changed, the winter is
getting colder and the summer heat is unpleasant. The moods of the models and the surrounding landscape
tell this story of change.
Over 90 per cent of seaweed farmers in Zanzibar are now women, bringing about a
profound shift in gender relations in this traditionally patriarchal country. Pili Khalid Pandu is one
of the women affectionately known as the ‘Mwani mamas’, female farmers who are not only involved in
growing seaweed but also in the making of marine-based products, allowing them to earn significantly
more than their peers.
Lesotho is a high-altitude, landlocked kingdom where the remote highlands can only be
reached on foot or horseback. Being a shepherd is an integral part of Basotho culture; many are boys
aged between eight and eighteen who live in small huts in the mountains.
Performing on the steps of Windsor Castle, Captain David Cole OBE leads the band in a
rendition of ‘God Save The Queen’ before Her Majesty’s Christmas Broadcast.
Faye, pregnant with Freya, holds her son Raino. This was captured during a small window
of time between the Covid restrictions.
I set up a traditional family portrait and waited for it to break apart naturally and
reveal that ideal moment of tension and tenderness; the contradicting and vulnerable elements of early
parenthood and those hazy newborn days.
While taking pictures at Bangkok's old central train station I noticed this man whose
job is to flag signal to incoming and outgoing trains. He was obviously proud of his job and uniform and
gladly agreed to pose for my camera.
I met José while scouting locations for a film near his village. Colombia is a country
learning to redefine itself after decades of conflict and violence, and when he briefly lowered the gun
and averted his gaze I realised there might be a chance of an image that reflected that struggle between
legacy and a more hopeful future.
An actor and face-equality activist, Robert is working towards a world where he can be
cast simply for the quality of his acting. His energy and confidence is infectious.
Manuel works at an orange stall in the Mercado de Abastos. Every day the shops open in
the early hours of the morning until noon, seven days a week, and serve the entire city.
Having to shield after the end of lockdown because of my health, I started documenting
my partner, Jamie, around our flat. I wanted to communicate the softness of our relationship, and the
affection and serenity I feel for and around him.
This is part of a project dedicated to women who have overcome many challenges and
obstacles in their lives, which poses the question, ‘What is your biggest accomplishment?’ It makes them
realise how far they’ve come and how powerful and strong they really are.
I was inspired by the phenomenon of vanishing twin syndrome, where a foetus can
spontaneously disappear early in a double pregnancy. It seems that Emily and Louise are together against
everyone else, including the onlooker. I wanted to depict love, deception and family.
I would often see this man selling candyfloss along the seafront. One day he tapped my
shoulder and asked me to take this picture of him.
This was two days before Beryl’s 100th birthday. She was teaching herself Italian, to
add to the five other languages she speaks. Beryl was scouted by British film company Rank in the ’40s,
but her mother wouldn’t let her go.
‘Here’s the thing: I have 12 of these cars. Every time I come across one, I have to buy
it. They’re a better investment than the stock market.’
Senegal is the country most threatened by rising sea levels in Africa, and many
inhabitants have been forced to leave their homes and move to temporary camps further inland. Around
1500 now live in a camp in Djougop, including Michelle Guoye and her friend Diame Seynabore Fall
(pictured), who have been living here for two years.
Inspired by the courage and beauty of Winnie Harlow, a famous model with vitiligo, at
the age of 18 Jas decided to go out without makeup for the first time.
Sophia and Olivia are twin sisters living in London. They said, ‘Being 15 in today’s
world is difficult as we missed a lot of learning due to the pandemic and spent a lot of time at home.
Being half Ukrainian means we are constantly worried about family in Ukraine as well as being worried
for our mum.’
This is a self-portrait. As a gender non-conforming person, growing up was a process of
navigating the dissonance between my inner self and my expressed identity. I now look within nature to
find my truest authentic self and find my place in this polarised world.
Olena and Eva fled their home in Kharkiv on 7th March 2022 due to Russian bombing close
by. They made numerous bus journeys over one week to get to Potsdam via Lviv, Warsaw and Berlin.
Elizabete teaches Islamic studies to young children at her local mosque. She moved to
the UK from Lithuania when she was only two years old, and has lived there with her family ever since.
Every year, the Wakhi people migrate with their livestock from the Wakhan corridor to
the highland pastures of the Big and Little Pamir. They use a walking trails network to bring supplies
from the lower valley, between elevations of 4–5000 metres.
As one of the world’s most locked-down cities struggled, everyone needed to find their
own way to keep going. Small things. Small wins. Like making a space helmet for your child and going
looking for stories.
‘Following redundancy at the age of 48, I decided to do a degree in social work. I
wanted to make a difference. While at university I was asked to model for fashion students, which led to
work as a mature model. I also volunteered with the Prince’s Trust. Since then, I have worked with
hundreds of young people who are not in
Thasfia Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi activist and model. This is part of a series that
questions the tropes that populate the troubled landscapes of fantasy realms: the male gaze and
Youth emigration is a major problem facing southern Morocco. Hicham emigrated to
France, but decided to return to Morocco. Today, he lives in Agadir and works with street children.
I saw a demonstration for Mayan rights, and as the night wore on protestors found
places in the park to sleep. Their calm determination and strength was extremely powerful. It reminds me
that we must rise together to fight for basic human rights and peace for all.
Antonio is originally from Spain and Cedric from France, and they met in London through
a dating app. We photographed them in their apartment for a project exploring the intimacy of couples in
their personal spaces.
Topaz is an Israeli actress, singer and model. She asked to wear full makeup and
eyelashes, revealing to us small details that represent a part of her identity.
Roy and Josef are tattoo artists, pictured here with their new daughter. We wanted to
show that love has many different shapes, and they all deserve to be celebrated.
Fifty-seven-year-old Lior is a well-known makeup artist and hairdresser in Israel. We
wanted to create an image that explores his masculinity and identity without trying to hide his age –
his youthful character is always present.
This is part of a large documentary work in downtown São Paulo. The small boy is an
African immigrant living in the biggest city in Brazil.
This Ethiopian man allowed me to take his photograph at the Penally Army base in Wales,
where hundreds of refugees were being kept.
Valéria Barcellos is a transgender multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on the
inclusion of trans people in society. This is one of a series of portraits with Black leaders from the
local community, referencing the Black Lancers of Brazil’s Farroupilha Revolution in the mid-19th
century, and emphasising the potential of the Black population.
I wanted to show that women in our contemporary society seem to have freedom and
equality, but the woman of the past is still hidden inside. This is the reality of a girl in my land:
she has hidden herself among the cooking utensils.
Chhath is a colourful cultural festival where people pray to Surya, the Sun god, for
their children’s good health, wellbeing and prosperity. This father was giving his child a holy bath in
Understanding our past by documenting it as an image tells the story of us as humans.
It allows us to appreciate our past and make way for the future.
This was for food writer Grace Dent’s podcast and the Guardian newspaper, and I think
the idea to shoot her in a bath full of chips came from Grace herself, as a joke. She told her
listeners, ‘Yes, they are real chips. Yes, they were hot and greasy and delicious. Yes, I smelled of
chips for days, and it was WONDERFUL.’
I wanted to portray hope. Joseph is originally from Sudan but migrated to Australia
some time ago and started his tailoring business. Focusing on diversity and boldness in both his life
and style, he is a very determined individual.
I took this portrait of David on a sunny day. He had with him a couple of his durags
and we shot some images with this pink one. I love how simple it is yet how beautiful he looks. He told
me later that this photograph represents ‘the most innocent and pure I have looked since I was a child.
To me, this is the last picture I’ve got of myself before I stepped into adulthood.’
Anabela encapsulates the untouchable confidence and defiance of youth as the transition
from child to adult begins.
Jacob and Jose told me about the complexities of being in a multicultural queer
relationship. After many places refused them, they finally married last year.
Hannah and Diana met online after two failed marriages. They never thought they could
find love again after so many years. They now live together, and I felt a huge sense of love, trust, and
security in the room, something lacking in our increasingly disposable and capitalist societies.
Ivo is one of the biggest printers in London, and hand-printing is at its heart.
David’s job is to hose down the silk screens after they’ve been used on the three 53-metre-long hand
Seventy per cent of children in Nepal do not complete their secondary school education
due to socioeconomic conditions. The chances of twins Ganga and Jamuna are against the odds, but they
are determined to finish.
Cardiff was Wales’ first epicentre for Ballroom culture, and the community has evolved
into a vibrant celebration of queer identity across Wales, offering a safe space for people to connect.
Imogen and I discussed overcoming struggles with body image and eating disorders while
I photographed her naked. As a private person, I admire her natural openness and honesty.
I met soul singer Kwabs close to where he lives in Peckham. There was a quiet moment
where he began to recite lyrics and harmonise, as if alone in a room.
‘People around me seem to think I’m lost and don’t know what I want from life, but I
think not knowing what is next has given me a purpose in and of itself. We are all on a floating rock,
do what you like.’
Darcie spent almost a year having to wear a patch every day to correct her eyesight.
She was not too happy about it.
I am always in awe of people who dare to be different. Japan is one of the countries
where, even though people tend to be very traditional in many ways, you see the most incredible street
When I became a mom, I realised it is the most difficult job in the world. To give
breast milk is to give love, to be one with the child; but a woman also loses some part of herself,
loses her personal space, time and even the right to her body.
This small mosque serves the Bangladeshi community in Lisbon, a vibrant group who
emigrated to Europe in search of a more stable future but have never lost the connection to their
They were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s master
work in Sweny’s Pharmacy, a place mentioned in the novel when it is visited by Leopold Bloom.
The men were absorbed in their game, it was the only thing that mattered to them. It
was a timeless scene that could have happened 100 years ago, as if they had been sitting there in
I shot this early in the pandemic, when images in the media of medical staff in hazmat
suits made many of us scared. I wanted to recall the past and the present of PPE masks, from bubonic
plague costumes to modern- day masks. This one is made from gum tape, sculpted around a balloon, and
modelled by my partner, who found it hot and claustrophobic.
Ivan is wearing a bear costume he made himself to participate in Bulgaria’s Kukeri
celebrations. These age-old ceremonies always take place in winter, which they are supposed to chase
This is Mathieu, the leader of the Guéré tribe. Their traditional dance features young
girls (called ‘snake girls’) who show off their contortionist skills and are thrown in the air and
The weather was considerably hotter than usual. In the small terrace pool I would dive
into the water, feeling the pressure, isolated air and sounds, as a way to practise patience.
Vigga, six years old, outside her parents’ home.
Every time I meet someone new or have someone stay in my house, I feel there is a
lesson that they have shared with me, by telling me about their life, showing me a different way or a
Reverend Tim Hewes sewed his lips together to protest the lack of climate change
reporting. His hand was shaking from the pain, but the determination in his eyes was unshakeable. He
said: ‘I dread the world that my children and grandchildren will see. This is why I intend to do
everything within my power to draw attention to the insane approach of media and government. Nothing in
my life is now more important. These are the defining days of my life.’
I took this photo of Rosy as an oil slick during an Extinction Rebellion protest. She
told me: ‘I’m here because knowing what I do about what’s happening in the world, and the part that our
species is playing in that, and the threat to all species because of it, I need to be here.
These young men come from different places to live and work on the winter ski slopes of
rural Japan. After a day’s work outdoors in rough weather, they return to their lodgings looking like
old men, with snow covering their bodies and white hair. Their happy voices always echo in the
bathhouse, and they don’t hear the wind outside. Their days are made up of a series of small, peaceful
An abandoned house caught my attention. I saw one of the doors open timidly, and a man
called Damian emerged. He told me that the house was not his, but he was taking care of it and living
‘Every time you take my photograph, I remember I cannot smile,’ my grandma told me. I
asked her why, and she said that smiles are not real, on the inside everyone is sad.
I met this sadhu, or holy man, on the banks of the Ganges. I was struck by the
sincerity in his gaze, he truly seemed at peace with who he was. Every morning after, we traded smiles
and shook hands; no matter if we speak the same language, no matter our religion, we all seek
Covid took home away from circus performers and forced them to rethink it. This project
captures the fantastic and extraordinary lives of aerialists and acrobats, and their remaking of a new
home that includes a bed to sleep in and a stage to train and perform on.
I never imagined that my very religious grandmother would ever agree to pose for a
picture, but she positioned herself naturally and confidently. She asked me to show everyone, because it
is important that people see her as she is.
Otto is an 11-year-old gentle giant that my father adopted as a puppy. This photo
carries mixed emotions for me, as it reminds me that their tight bond means my family has never visited
me since I moved to London, because my father refuses to leave Otto.
Every Sunday, my mother takes a bath. It’s a ritual she’s been following for many
years. She said the images I take of her make her feel important.
I hardly recognise my daughter some days. She is a teenager, flirting with womanhood;
tall, strong, independent, incredibly confident, yet equally vulnerable.
Bernard Mate Butu knew how to swim before he could walk or talk. These are the children
of the sea, whose future is closely linked with that of our oceans; they see themselves as the true
custodians of these giant ecosystems.
Noelia is the first child to be born into our group of friends, so she was eagerly
awaited. Now that I have moved to London, every moment with them is even more precious.
There are around 4000 boat residences along London’s canals. Hannah, a student at
Central Saint Martins art school, is part of this community of new nomads.
His sign drew me towards him. On his table were copies of a book, Africans and Racism
in the Diaspora. We discussed the nature of racism as being the pre-judgement of a person based on just
a physical attribute. It turned out he was the author of the book.
A flash of red caught my eye on a sombre day in Hell’s Kitchen. Marie told me she used
to model and looks forward to the end of the pandemic. We only spoke for a couple of minutes, but the
exchange lifted us up above the gloom.
I’m drawn to people’s faces; thrones of emotional, and in this case creative,
expression. This isn’t face paint. Even his eyeball is tattooed. I asked him if he likes pain, and he
said, ‘No I don’t like pain, I just like tattoos.’
Our present freedoms are built on past struggles. Everyone pictured here has played a
role in defending and progressing LGBTQ+ rights. Third from the left is human-rights campaigner Peter
atchell. Front and centre is Julian Hows, who protested gender norms 44 years ago while working for
London Transport by requesting the right to wear a woman’s uniform (the women could choose which they
This photo is about intimacy, but an intimacy we are invited to look at and question:
‘Will this last? Is it transitory?’
Andre is wearing a hybrid garment that brings together two opposing Scottish football
teams and cultures, mixing masc and femme, imagining a world where football is more camp,playful and
In this world, imagination never diminishes, we do things free of judgement. Here, Bels
is at the beach with her alpaca, waiting patiently for her friends.
Each morning dad will make himself a cup of coffee, sit down in the same chair and read
the newspaper. It’s been like this for two years now. Some mornings the silence is so deafening that I
switch the TV on just to hear myself think. This is our new normal.
This is a love letter to Ked’s multiplicity, to her blossoming into a new state of
self-expression where binary thinking doesn’t exist. Mysterious, innocent, vulnerable, sensual,
insolent, dark, pure: a new form of womanhood.
Paul and Alfred Beck took over the family printing company at the ages of 17 and 14.
They stand between machinery that has been passed down from generation to generation, men who have spent
the majority of their lives working side by side.
More than 20 million children live in a home without a father. Millions more have dads
who are physically present, but emotionally absent. This is an ode to fatherhood as a lifelong
This is part of my long-term project about the women of my family in Sicily. What began
as a personal diary has become about the complex relationships between all women.
I’m infertile. When I discuss motherhood it is frequently greeted with an uncomfortable
silence. My body, it seems, has failed to conform to social and biological expectations.
Scotto has been living off the grid in an alternative lifestyle community for 20 years,
creating dystopian art pieces from recycled junk. He refers to these experimental art sculptures as
Rachel’s relationship with Andy was an important part of who she was at the time. She
was vulnerably housed and he felt like home to her. They jived all afternoon to very loud 1950s rock ’n’
The elderly woman is having a conversation with herself, back when her body was young
and beautiful, reconciled by now with the passing of time.
This is part of a body of work comprising Trinidadian artists, models, and fashion
designers. It highlights our Afro-Caribbean culture and is influenced by artist Boscoe Holder. Kegan
Gulstan is a model and athlete who went into modelling after encouragement from a local designer. He
told me, ‘Life is short and time waits on no one in this world, but it’s never too late to achieve your
goals and live your dreams!’
Jabari St Cyr is a Trinidadian model who loves marathon running, hiking and gymnastics.
This series focuses on Black expression through fashion, drawing inspiration from the Caribbean
aesthetic of artist Boscoe Holder.
With mainstream media continuing to promote an unbalanced vision and unrealistic
standards of femininity, reinforcing the patriarchal structures in society. Advertisements dictating
what is natural and abnormal about our bodies and masking it as a conventional feminine aesthetic. The
mainstream media continues to exclude femininity in the population with real-life experiences.
Representations of women are often defined by how society expects women to look and behave and how well
they conform to society's expectations. Stepping away from this narrative, we created this work to break
down some of these barriers for the current and future generations. It explores feminine energy as being
naturally instilled in our soul, regardless of the appearances and characteristics of our bodies.
Ninety-six-year-old James ‘Jimmy’ Docherty joined the navy at the age of 18, serving on
a ship during the Normandy landings: ‘I wasn’t brave and am no hero; at some points I was terrified, but
luckily enough I made it through.’
Sister Sancja is a nurse and, together with eleven other nuns, belongs to the Order of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus.The convent is currently hosting four refugees, but it can accommodate up to
Montsho, meaning ‘black’, is a word used in South Africa to make fun of a dark-skinned
person. This photo explores the emotional effects of childhood teasing; it is about both destruction and
These boys were at the village beach, close to the Romanian border. One third of
Moldova’s population has emigrated, and the number of young citizens leaving increases each year.
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