Born in Wales but based in London, I am a self-taught documentary and portrait photographer. My work draws primarily on an emotional response and engagement with my subjects. I embrace the personal and private aspects of people’s lives and am driven by a desire to get under the skin and straight to the heart of the issues that they strive to deal with.
I spent eight years as a photographer with The Daily Telegraph, covering world events such as the Darfur conflict, the Iraq war and the Asian tsunami, before deciding to go freelance in 2007. It was time to determine and develop the issues and subjects that held meaning for me and this proved to be absolutely the right move. I now work for a wide variety of clients including Time, The Sunday Times, The Independent Review, Marie-Claire, Tatler, Monocle, Vice, Oxfam, Save The
Children, IRC, UNICEF, Sony and BBC worldwide.
I joined Panos Pictures in 2008 and the following year held my first major solo show, Still Human Still Here, at HOST Gallery in London. My portrait of Chelsea from my childhood obesity project, The Big O, won 4th prize in The National Portrait Gallery’s 2010 Taylor Wessing Prize.
2014 was an amazing year for me. I received a World Press Photo Award (Staged Portraits) for my image of Shannon from The Big O and won the Ideastap Magnum Photographic Award. I also helped to set up Welsh Photography Collective: A Fine Beginning, which showcases photography created in Wales.
2014 World Press Photo Exhibition: Worldwide Tour
2014 Ideastap Magnum Photographic Award at The Truman Brewery, London
2014 National Open Art Exhibition, Somerset House, London
2013 Featured Artist, BursaFotoFest, Turkey.
2013 Ideastap Photographic Prize, Mother, London
2013 On Solid Ground, European Tour: London, Brussels, Munich, Perpignan
2012 Portrait Salon London
2011 Foto8 Summer show, Host Gallery, London
2010 Foto8 Summer show, Host Gallery, London
2010 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery, London
2009 Still Human, Still Here, Host Gallery and St Martins-in-the-Field, London
2009 Still Human Stil Here, Fotopub, Slovenia
2014 World Press Photo Awards: 2nd Prize Staged Portraits
2014 Ideastap Magnum Photographic Award 31+: 1st Prize
2011 The Taylor Wessing Prize at The National Portrait Gallery: 4th Prize
2009 PPY UK Multimedia: 1st Prize
2009 The Nikon Award for Multimedia: 1st Prize