JASON WILDE’S FREE PORTRAIT STUDIO
Published by Butchers Hook Books, London, 2018.
Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio started life in 2009 under a railway bridge in Chalk Farm, London. Since then, 51 makeshift portrait studios were set-up inside a variety of venues in and around the London Borough of Camden. Visitors to those venues were then invited to have their portrait taken in return for a free A4 black and white portrait.
2224 people accepted that invitation, helping me create a unique and important visual archive and a worthy addition to our collective visual and social history.
Equal parts English history, cultural anthropology and human narrative, the photographs eschew the overtly conceptual motifs of much contemporary portraiture in favour of the descriptive powers of the medium. This on-going body of work aims to reflect the complex nature of contemporary English society through multiple individual portraits.
The series of JWFPS magazine sets out to explore the untold editing opportunities that a portrait archive of this size and scope offers.
Available from the Butchers Hook Books.
20 colour illustrations
220 x 280 x 8 mm
1. Edition 04/2017