Jason Wilde



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42 pages 
170 gsm 
20 colour illustrations 
220 x 280 x 8 mm 
1. Edition 04/2017

Published by Butchers Hook Books, London, 2017.

Itinerant photographers were an accepted part of English street life in the late 1800's and the early 1900's. Part of the Victorian floating world of peddlers, tinkers and travelling entertainers, their sitters were photographed in temporary, jerry-built studios that were set up in divers places throughout the UK.

Influenced by these early travelling practitioners, from 2009 until 2017 Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio was assembled 51 times in a variety of venues in and around the London Borough of Camden. Visitors to those venues, that included a doctors surgery, a hospital, a library and two pubs, were then invited to have their portrait made in return for a free A4 black and white print.

2224 people accepted that invitation helping me create an important and unique visual archive that is equal parts English history, cultural anthropology and human narrative. 

JWFPS 01 is the first in a series of magazines that aims to explore the JWFPS portrait archive. 

Praise for JWFPS 01

  • I really like your new publication, you have done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of those sitters. The young ones are so particular. I especially like the portrait turned away at the end, something very closing and quite sad, it's about the end of the book and at the end of a life. It's more than a magazine. Very well  done. Zelda Cheatle, Curator, Editor, Lecturer, Consultant
  • Looks brilliant. Anne Williams
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