Editorial portraits, including lifestyle portraits, taken on assignment in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, New York, and in the Far East including Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. The portraits cover a wide range of people and industries from politicians, such as the former UK Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State Michael Heseltine and former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to athletes as double Olympic champion Heather Stanning and three-time Paralympic medalist Jaco van Gass, to adventurers and explorers such as Scott Sears, the youngest person to reach the South Pole solo, and Austrian skydiver and daredevil Felix Baumgartner and Scottish actor Stuart Martin. With extensive experience in the luxury and craft industry the gallery also includes editorial portraits of Simon Cundey, Managing Director and seventh-generation family member of Savile Row tailors Henry Poole, Sam Galsworthy, the Co-Founder & Chairman of Sipsmith Gin, Alessandro Palazzi, head bartender at Dukes Bar, CEO Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot Ricardo Guadalupe, and Luke Edward Hall, British interior designer.
Professional portraits show that you are serious and that you are willing to invest in yourself to help you stand out from the crowd and put your best foot forward. Your portrait represents you and your brand and is visible throughout the internet. Portraits and headshots help give others confidence in your business by showing you are professional, you take pride in yourself and that you know what quality means and that going the extra mile makes a difference. I am skilled in posing clients naturally will help you express confidence and comfort in your portrait in a way you (in a selfie) or a friend will not be able to achieve. I have spent a decade perfecting how to interact with my clients and build a rapport and relationship in order to make my portrait sessions as painless and enjoyable as possible. The portraits, taken in a studio environment, are suitable for use such as CVs, social media profile pictures, brochures or programmes and include Director of Rory Peck Trust Clothilde Redfern, author, curator and broadcaster James Sherwood, actor and producer Rodney Charles, bespoke tailor and winner of the Golden Shears 2017 Joe Holsgrove and designer and then creative director Pete Dawson.
Portraits of Pride started as a portrait project focusing on rugby players at gay and inclusive rugby clubs starting with the world’s second oldest gay and inclusive rugby club, the Manchester Village Spartans. They were supported by the Sale Sharks, the professional rugby union club who play in Premiership Rugby, from Greater Manchester with these portraits being printed, signed and auctioned to raise funds for the Village Spartans. The project aimed to offer the players a voice and in doing so offer a picture of the clubs they play for and, by extension, to encourage others to step onto the pitch and benefit from the positives that the sport can offer. Portraits of Pride now includes professional athletes, portraits of current and former professional and elite athletes who support inclusivity and diversity in sports. Portraits include Tom Bosworth, the first openly gay track and field athlete, Devin Ibañez, the world’s first openly gay Major League Rugby player, Nick Heath a sports journalist and commentator and straight ally Andy Goode, former England rugby union player and second highest scorer of all time in Premiership Rugby.
Street portraits including candid portraits and reportage portraits captured during events. Defined by Wikipedia as “photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents” street portraits require patience, persistence, and luck to thoughtfully and creatively compose a compelling shot and create a story to draw in the viewer. Images in this gallery were taken at International fashion events such as London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Paris Couture Week and the menswear trade show Pitti Uomo held in Florence, Italy. Candid portraits include Masterpiece London, world’s leading cross-collecting fair, which takes place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and the India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover modern and contemporary art from South Asia, both of which Andy has covered as the official photographer. Additional events include Audemars Piguet House Sessions, including musicians Celeste, Reuben James and Tom Misch, the RRL Riders Tour, which saw 200 motorcycle riders ride 99km through Paris and the surrounding countryside on their custom café racers, and events on London’s Savile Row, the home of traditional bespoke tailoring for men.
The collaborative project between Andy Barnham and Sara de Jong with the Sulha Alliance documents the experiences of Afghan interpreters who were resettled to the U.K. under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), launched in April 2021, through photo portraiture and interviews.
By centering Afghan interpreters’ own stories, viewers are invited to engage with the people behind the headlines and numbers and also encourages reflection on the deep entanglement between the U.K. and Afghanistan, which have shaped Afghan interpreters’ lives from childhood or early adulthood. Together their individual stories and images reflect the structural and lasting impact of Britain’s military employment practices, migration laws and foreign policy.
The portraits have been taken in hotels and houses and have been edited in a manner to help anonymise the newly arrived interpreters who have been at risk and who, potentially, have family in Afghanistan still under threat. The individual portraits presented are a composite of up to a dozen frames which have each been blurred or pixelated and then overlaid to present a final portrait. This process can also be seen as inflicting trauma on the portraits, in acknowledgement of the experiences when serving with the British Army, other NATO forces and when escaping Afghanistan.
The quotes are from in-depth interviews, conducted by Sara de Jong, which cover the Afghan interpreters’ motivations to work for the British Armed Forces, their working alongside soldiers, the threats they faced in Afghanistan, their evacuation, their early experiences in the U.K. and hopes for the future for themselves and their families.
We would like to thank the interpreters who have so generously offered us their time, hospitality, and stories.
We are grateful for the funding provided by the Department of Politics, University of York, to support this project.