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NOW SHOWING: A406, Knock Very Loudly Please by Colin Hutton

The Strand Gallery is thrilled to announce our new exhibition by photographer Colin Hutton,  A406- Or Knock Very Loudly Please.

Colin Hutton, born in Glasgow, trained as a photographer and film maker at the Bournemouth College of Art & Design. After graduating, he gained a one-year mentorship under John Cleese and William Goldman through the Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting. Since 2007, he has focused on his photographic roots and has established himself as a unit and specials photographer for several well-known TV series such as Sherlock, Broadchurch, and Outnumbered. His works have been exhibited in recent years at The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition, the Association of Photographers Open Exhibition, and the Renaissance Photography Prize Exhibition.

A406 – Or Knock Very Loudly Please exhibits a project completed in 2011, which documents the area around the A406, North Circular Road, London. The constant change, as well as the forgotten remnants of those who worked and live in this area is captured in a series of poignant and stunning photographs. Hutton focuses not on the cars, but on the abandoned sites that line up against the roughly 29 miles of motorway.

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We look forward to present to you this unique exhibition that offers a glimpse into one of the often overlooked realities of bustling, metropolitan London.

For more information on Colin Hutton’s A406 Project, as well as his other works please visit his website: http://huttonimages.com/

The A406- Or Knock Very Loudly Please will be on show at The Strand Gallery from the 17th-22nd of March, 2015.



With almost unlimited access to celebrities through the internet, reality television and social media, we would have thought that we would be getting fed up of the constant updates. Yet, it remains quite the opposite and our curiosity for an unseen glimpse behind the scenes is stronger than ever.

British Photographer Sarah Dunn has taken the idea of being behind the scenes to the next level with a Japanese Widelux panoramic camera. During her career as a professional photographer, Dunn has captured some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Keira Knightley to almost the entire cast of the Harry Potter series.

‘I started shooting my own BTS images with an old Contax camera; because I was working with so many actors I thought it would be fun to go cinematic. The Widelux frame is similar to cinemascope and has a moving lens so I could kill two passions in one fell swoop, photography and film-making.’

Wide Eyed exhibits panoramic and candid shots of actors including Skyfall’s Berenice Marlohe relaxing between shoots, to Lord of The Rings hobbits sharing a bottle of whisky. Not only satisfying our craving for a peek behind the camera, Dunn perfectly captures the natural characters of her subjects, creating a truly unmissable exhibition.

Here are a few of Dunn’s personal favourites from the series:

1. Ewan McGregor, Los Angeles, 2002

‘Ewan and I were having dinner in LA, and I mentioned I’d just bought a camera, my first Widelux. So he invited me on to his film set the next day to try it out – he was shooting Down with Love with Renée Zellweger. This was my first, and still my favourite, shot on the Widelux.’


2. Rosamund Pike, London, 2013

‘We were in a spooky house in east London. Rosamund sat down for a drink of water and suddenly it was so chic and glamorous. The Widelux is an amazing tool for recording the chaos around the calm.’

rosamund pike

3. Dominic Cooper, London, 2011

‘I shot this during Movie-Con, a fan convention at the London O2. I was literally set up in a broom cupboard; the camera makes the room look enormous. Dominic is always fun and easy to work with.’

dom cooper

Wide Eyed will be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery from 2nd-6th September 2014, 11am – 6pm


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.


During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Nick Ballon, whose series ‘Ezekiel 36:36’ was shortlisted for the award.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

A rich Bolivian heritage plays a key role in Ballon’s subject matter and identity as a photographer, alongside a desire to feel more connected and explore the idea of ‘foreignness’ in his work within a country cloe to him.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

Of this project, Ballon says “Ezekiel 36:36 is a very personal documentary which started off as a story of a downed Bolivian airline, Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (L.A.B), grounded since 2007 finding a multi million dollar investment which would enable them to fly again.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

One of the worlds oldest airlines it has suffered at the hands of successive administrations ever since, becoming gradually dismantled due to chronic mismanagement and corruption.   Six years after its apparent collapse, LAB remains alive but seemingly frozen in a time of its own. 190 employees continue to work for LAB, despite having had their salaries halved, and not having been paid for up to two years at a time.

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

The story is a familiar one in Bolivia. It is the story of a country that has lost every war it has ever fought in; the story of a nation whose vast natural resources, far from being a blessing, have lured in colonisers and corrupt administrations. LAB envelopes the national consciousness. It’s an airline frozen in its own time by faded images of a glorious past, and kept alive by dreams of a triumphant return which never seems to arrive.   The title of the work takes its name from the airlines only possible saviour, its last operational airplane called Ezekiel 36:36″

Nick Ballon

Nick Ballon

All images © Nick Ballon.

For further examples of Nick’s work, check out his website here.

Catch these photographs for real before the end of the exhibition, which closes 26th January.

SPOTLIGHT: Ambroise Tézenas

As this summer brings several degree shows through the doors of The Strand Gallery, we focus on the work of emerging artists and photographers. In keeping with this theme, we will be releasing some special features over the next few weeks, on a few creatives that have caught our eye.

This week’s spotlight falls upon French photographer Ambroise Tézenas, whose mesmerising imagery has already brought praise from international audiences and critics alike.

Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Money Pit: Kowloon, Hong Kong

Born in Paris in 1972, Tézenas studied photography at the Applied Arts School of Vevey, Switzerland. Upon graduating, he began his career as a promising photojournalist, documenting complex cultural and political subjects from the start. Now Tézenas holds an extensive portfolio of successful exhibitions, showcasing his natural talents in documentary and travel photography.

His recent project Dark Tourism, investigates the rising trend of ‘macabre travel’- when holiday-makers visit sites of death and destruction out of pure morbid curiosity.  Tézenas’ own travel experiences to Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami planted the seed for this exploration. He explains; ‘Paradoxically, while the modern man denies the reality of his own death, he enjoys the virtual confrontation to it’.

Dark Tourism

Dark Tourism: Sichuan, China

Such topics are characteristic to Tézenas’ work, as he depicts distant locations in an atmospherically raw manner. His 2006 exhibition Beijing, Theatre of the People, juxtaposed traditional China with its modernising cityscape of the 2008 Olympics. This exhibition culminated in a book publication of the same title, earning Tézenas the Leica European Publishing Award for Photography 2006.

Beijing, Theatre of the People

Beijing, Theatre of the People:  Beijing, China

Mumbai, India

Mumbai: Mumbai, India

Other elusive locations documented in his work include Mumbai, Cuba and Turkmenistan. These capture the unique cultural realities of these places, whilst constantly maintaining their often over-looked beauty. Such work has led to a plethora of awards, as well as commissions from  publications such as The New York Times and TIME magazine.

While Tézenas ventures to more locations, he continues to capture single moments in time of our rapidly changing global landscape. Through this work and its recognition, Tézenas further cements his growing reputation as a notable modern photographer and visionary.

For more information on his work and news on up-coming exhibitions, visit Ambroise Tézenas.

All images copyright © of Ambroise Tézenas.

Written by Alexandra Hale

COMING UP: RawFormat

The Strand Gallery is pleased to welcome RawFormat, an exhibition of inspiring images from the new generation of photographic talent.

Tokyo by Daisy Ware Jarrett

Daisy Ware Jarrett

RawFormat is a creative collective made up of young photographers and filmmakers from the current graduating year of Coventry University’s Photography Degree Course. Following on from a very successful exhibition in 2012 for the widely renowned open education course #picbod, the group have come together once more to showcase their current exploits and exhibit their most recent work.

Paralympians - Aled Davies by Jack Somerset

Jack Somerset

This exhibition features an exciting collection of projects that explore a wide range of contemporary issues and diverse themes. The work featured ranges from stills to films, and includes documentary and personal projects as well as fine art photography.

Hazel Steel

Hazel Steel

RawFormat can be seen at The Strand Gallery between 17th – 26th June.

Tube=2πr×h Feature: Yangchen Lin

This year photographer Yangchen Lin helps celebrate the London Underground’s 150th birthday with an exhibition of photographs documenting the function and form of this iconic transport behemoth.

Photography by Yangchen Lin

The Tube has been capturing the attention of photographers for decades. In the 1930’s David Savill shot black and white images of pristine carriages and smartly dressed commuters; today Yangchen captures the colourful chaos of the man-machine relationship and the daily mayhem it creates.

Lin explains: My first ever ride on the Underground was on a short visit to London in 2004, starting rather curiously at Ravenscourt Park station… Only in 2009 did I again ride on the Underground, and we began dating in earnest from then on. My relationship with her is rather cliche. I simply fell in love with a historical and engineering marvel that sucked me in wherever I was and spit me out wherever I wished to go, fast, with endless variety bombarding your five senses along the way.


Yangchen is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge who uses photography to unite his passion for both science and art. A self-proclaimed “photographic explorer”, he uses the medium to investigate and appreciate the diversity of the world around him.

His studies in ecology have sparked a keen interest in how beings interact within certain environments, but Tube=2πr×h is more than a record of commuters and their behaviour, it’s about the quirks and charisma of the system itself.


This exhibition is the grand culmination of Yangchen’s lengthy immersion in the physical and spiritual beauty of the London Underground. Showing concurrently to other celebratory exhibitions (including Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth in Tube stations throughout London), the project pays tribute to an engineering marvel that revolutionised London and inspired transport projects across the world.

Tube=2πr×h can be seen at The Strand Gallery from March 26th to April 6th.


Terry O’Neill Awards Runner up, Jon Tonks



Terry O’Neill Awards Runner up, Alinka Echeverria


Terry O’Neill Awards Winner, Alessandro Penso

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