Photographer Hannah Burton on London and portraits

The legendary fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon famously said: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.” That complex exchange, between the photographer and the subject, is what up and coming photographer Hannah Burton explores in her work. Based in London, and a recent graduate of the London Collection of Communication, she focuses on portrait photography and is a contributor for Dazed & Confused, Accent Magazine, The New British and more. We originally fell for Hannah’s graduate project, an intimate series of her mother that has since been turned into a book. We had to know more, so we asked and she answered.

WHAT DREW YOU TO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY? It’s always been about people for me, characters or people that have a certain look about them is what draws me in. I’m interested in the way we behave and perform out our identities. By holding still a moment’s expression, the photographic portrait offers us a unique perception that has the potential to reveal something authentic and genuine about the human condition.

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR SUBJECTS? Anywhere really, walking around, doing things, meeting people, some things stick and make me want to return to and make work about in some way.


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