Monday, 18 December 2017

2017 - what a year

From the humid slums of Kolkata to the bedrooms of super fans in Soweto - My exhibition '10 Years of Premier Skills' was launched at the British Council in February: LINK

A mouldable glue with a sticky place in my heart. I photographed founder Jane for the second time. Last time I stuck her to the ceiling, this time I buried her in stuff: LINK

I had access all areas at the BAFTA TV awards. It was wet, windy and my dinner jacket got ruined - but I think I managed to capture Joan Collins' best angle: LINK

An iconic film star and an up-for-anything restaurateur - my first shoots for SvD Perfect Guide were certainly interesting:

Liv Ullmann: LINK
Philip Hamilton: LINK

For the second year running a photograph of mine was selected for the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition. Such an honour to be back again - go check out the exhibition: LINK

My project '10 Years of Premier Skills' was included in Creative Review's photography book. It feels great to be alongside many wonderful photographers' work: LINK

I love these short, high-intensity photoshoots - but sadly there wasn't time for Ed to teach me the cha cha cha: LINK

I hit the streets with undercover officers, jumped around with performance artists, heard harrowing stories from recovering addicts, and met Class A users running businesses. There wasn't a single dull moment on my shoot for the BBC documentary Drugsland: LINK

Helicopters, tanks and a bit of banter. It was an honour to photograph front line women - and great fun ordering around a Chinook: LINK

"Do you want to photograph the best breakthrough talent Charlie?" I'm not going to turn that down am I? We danced, jumped, played air guitar and even debated biscuits on my shoot for the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits... LINK

My photograph of the wonderful Diana Athill was displayed all over the country's electronic billboards as part of the Portrait of Britain exhibition: LINK

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

I love to travel - I'm lucky that my job has taken me to so many fascinating places around the globe. That's why I'm delighted to have been given a special mention in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 'Celebration of Humanity' category.

It was the final day of the season at the Riverside stadium. There would either be tears of joy or tears or sadness depending on whether Middlesbrough were promoted - I think you can tell what the outcome was...

Friday, 15 December 2017

50 years of Just a Minute

"Paul you have 60 seconds to talk on the subject of Nicholas Parsons without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Your time starts... now."

I grew up listening to Just a Minute and it's still one of my favourite radio shows. What an honour it was to photograph the legend that is Nicholas Parsons and his show-biz-side-kick Paul Merton. Did you know Nicholas hasn't missed a single episode in the fifty years he has been presenting the show? Awesome.

My job usually involves having a conversation with my subject, slowly breaking down the barrier between us, and in turn, capturing their genuine personality. Rather uniquely, Nicholas and Paul bounced off each other from the moment they began conversing and I didn't have to do much but capture the strong, genuine friendship and respect they clearly have for one another.

What a great shoot. Oh, and just so you know - Paul does an amazing Mick Jagger impression.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


There I was at 1am in a dark alley with two undercover police officers. Up walks this lady offering us crack. It was a stark reminder of the importance of the documentary we were there to promote.

I spent my university days in Bristol so I was excited to be invited back by the BBC to shoot there. However, this documentary would show me a side of the city I hadn't known before: drugs, crime and addiction, but also those working to make it a safer and better place.

There wasn't a single dull moment - I discovered class A drug users living completely normal lives, performers who use hallucinogenic substances to enhance their work, recovered addicts making a new life for themselves, and police officers dedicated to helping those in need.

From the few brief clips I have seen the series is not something to be missed. It was exciting, emotional and an honour to be part of. You can watch the episodes here: LINK

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Creative Review Photography Annual 2017

My project '10 years of Premier Skills' has been selected for The Creative Review Photography Annual 2017. I am delighted to have been included in this special issue dedicated to outstanding photography taken throughout the year. Check it out: LINK

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Portrait Salon 2017

It's great to have been selected for this years Portrait Salon. This competition is a 'Salon des Refus├ęs' for the best portraits that have not been selected for the Taylor Wessing Prize.

Although my photograph 'Kids of Kolkata' was selected for this years Taylor Wessing prize LINK it's such an honour to have another image of mine that didn't make it selected for the Salon.

In my photograph a young child relaxes in the grass after a football training session in the humid heat of Kolkata.

The exhibition is for one night only - so don't miss it. More details: LINK

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Meet the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits

'Would you like to spend two days photographing an endless stream of fascinating people Charlie?'
'Yes please'

I was asked to photograph the talented Breakthrough Brits for BAFTA this year. We danced, jumped, played air guitar, debated about biscuits, performed t-rex impressions, pretended to be pin ups and at one point I emerged as Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat - soundtrack included (thank you Burberry for the amazing outfit).

Thank you to BAFTA, Burberry and the amazing team behind the shoot. We created some wonderful photographs of the Breakthrough British talent. You can find out more about them here: LINK

Monday, 23 October 2017

48 Hours in Jerusalem - Living with the Gods for BBC Radio 4

One of the biggest perks of my job is that I get to travel all over the world. So when I was asked to join a whirlwind tour of Jerusalem with historian Neil MacGregor I wasn't going to say no was I?

My camera was packed and so was my thirst for knowledge (slightly ironic as I became extremely dehydrated in the humid heat of Jerusalem). It was a short and sweet trip - we watched the sunrise over the gleaming domes of Jerusalem, slept on Mt. Zion, persuaded a man with a camel to let us use his field and ate copious amounts of hummus.

Make sure to have a listen of Neil's new radio show, 'Living With The Gods' on BBC Radio 4, he really is incredibly good at explaining the complexities of religion - LINK