Itinerant photographers were an accepted part of English street life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the Victorian floating world of peddlers, tinkers and travelling entertainers, their sitters were photographed in mobile makeshift studios that were set up in diverse places throughout the UK.

Influenced by these early travelling practitioners, between 2009 and 2017 I set up my own makeshift photography studio 53 times in 19 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 portraits taken in return for a free A4 inkjet print. 

2224 people accepted that invitation.

This unique portrait archive can be explored through the sections at the links below.

Along with a portrait of each person in the Participants section, my own favourite images have been compiled into the Overviews. The Sequenced section offers a more playful way to view the work while the Information section delves a little deeper to describe different aspects of Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio.​​​​​​​

Overviews
These Overviews show my favourite images from the project.
Participants
This section has an image of each person that took part in the project.
Sequenced
These edits allow me to explore the archive in a playful way.
Seaside Photographed
These images were chosen for the Seaside: Photographed exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
My Assistant
Lighting tests of my long term JWFPS assistant.
JWFPS Info
Info on JWFPS exhibitions, publications and history. Also includes FAQ's.
Overviews
These Overviews show my favourite images from the project.
Participants
This section has an image of each person that took part in the project.
Sequenced
These edits allow me to explore the archive in a playful way.
Seaside Photographed
These images were chosen for the Seaside: Photographed exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
My Assistant
Lighting tests of my long term JWFPS assistant.
JWFPS Info
Info on JWFPS exhibitions, publications and history. Also includes FAQ's.
Overviews
These Overviews show my favourite images from the project.
Participants
This section has an image of each person that took part in the project.
Sequenced
These edits allow me to explore the archive in a playful way.
Seaside Photographed
These images were chosen for the Seaside: Photographed exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
My Assistant
Lighting tests of my long term JWFPS assistant.
JWFPS Info
Info on JWFPS exhibitions, publications and history. Also includes FAQ's.
Using Format