SPOTLIGHT: Ed Thompson

After The Strand Gallery’s recent screening of Josh Taylor’s The Submersible Project, I felt inspired to research up-and-coming documentary photographers and came across the talented Ed Thompson. A recent MA graduate in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication, Ed’s subject matter is eclectic and covers a wide range of social issues from anti-capitalist occupiers to far-right groups.

Lebanon. December 2013. Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.

A project that particularly stood out was the Syrian Refugees Photo Documentary in Lebanon. Ed’s aim was to break through the political sound bites and draw attention to the startling statistic that of the one million refugees displaced in Lebanon almost half are children, and around one in five are less than five years old.

Lebanon. December 2013. Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.

There is a powerful sense of innocence and vulnerability portrayed through the photographs that intimately capture the unseen struggle in Lebanon. You are drawn to the purity of the child’s eyes gazing through the camera lens, and can’t help but feel uncomfortably exposed to the seriousness of the crisis. Ed’s project also captures the more light-hearted scenes, through candid photographs of children playing and interacting with one another.

Lebanon. December 2013. Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.

Since the completion of his MA, Ed has produced over 200 professional freelance assignments and produced dozens of self-initiated documentary photo-essays published in international magazines, ranging from National Geographic to The Sunday Times. Ed is currently finishing The Unseen Project thanks to a grant from the Arts Council. The project began in 2011 and has seen Ed trying to push the boundaries of why colour infrared film was made.

With a unique photographic style that covers diverse and politically relevant topics, Ed Thompson is definitely one to keep an eye on! To find out more about Ed and his work, please visit his website.

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