LPA Futures

The five photographers chosen for the prestigious LPA futures award talk to Dazed about their own personal style of photography.

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Laura Pannack
LPA futures is a nationwide search for creatives looking to make the leap from photographers assistant to professional photographer, picking up management from the Lisa Pritchard Agency along the way. The competition runs every two years, with five winners being carefully selected by an expert panel including Patrick Burgoyne from Creative Review. After winning the award the photographers are propelled into the media spotlight with an exhibition which tours all the major players in the advertising and design world. Dazed talk to the winners about their own personal style of photography and why they think they were chosen...

Ben Roberts

DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Ben Roberts: "Contemplative" my images have a quiet resonance.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Ben Roberts: My images rely on strong graphic elements and balanced composition; I photograph a lot of ‘real people’ this transfers well to advertising.

DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Ben Roberts: I try to keep myself stimulated by things outside of photography - film, literature, sculpture and architecture - but ultimately I find myself drawn back. Recently I've been interested by Jacob Aue Sobol and Lise Sarfarti, whose work is different to mine, my book of the moment is "America" by Zoe Strauss.

Sam Irons

DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Sam Irons: My work focuses on the landscape in which we live, that often goes unremarked and overlooked, and attempts to defamiliarise it - hopefully touching on a little of the mystery inherent in everything around us.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Sam Irons: I would like to think that my take on the world is original yet contains something that others recognise.

DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Sam Irons: I am inspired by not understanding the world, the process of perception and photography's role in it. The Photographers I admire are those whose work seems to ask similar questions: William Eggleston, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall (amongst others).

Laura Pannack
DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Laura Pannack: My main aim is to produce an image that evokes an emotional response, for example, laughter, empathy or intrigue. Calm and atmospheric to that of film still, I plan to produce images, which connect with people.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Laura Pannack: They were looking for hardworking people with potential; I think my passion came across in the interview.

DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Laura Pannack: Simon Roberts has been a great mentor for the last few years, not only for his imagery, for his organisational skills and approach towards the industry. I am as much inspired by the process as the end result, I love Ryan McGuinley’s way of working, which is a perfect example of this.

Jon Tonks

DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Jon Tonks: I sit somewhere between documentary photography and fine art, my style of portraiture can be perhaps quite anthropological, but essentially has to work graphically for me to be happy.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Jon Tonks: My background in design has had a large impact over how I think about an image being composed, my style of work can be as applicable to commercial photography as to documentary and photojournalism.
 
DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Jon Tonks: My long-term project on the British Empire is what influences me most, an intrepid traveller, armed with a camera and Union Jack, voyaging to small strange places to document everything I encounter. Currently, I am a big fan of Michal Chelbin, Pieter Hugo, and Simon Roberts.

Thomas Ball
DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Thomas Ball: Much of my work sits somewhere between the documentary and art world, I am very passionate about environmental issues and as a result most of my landscape and portrait work is based around topics looking at energy and climate change. I draw people into my images by shooting sometimes ugly subjects in a beautiful way.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Thomas Ball: My personal work can often have a commercial or advertising feel to it having worked in the commercial photographic industry since 2003. It has taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get to get to where I am, LPA recognised my determination to progress my career forward. 

DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Thomas Ball: I have an insatiable desire to seek out other people’s work, art that breaks new ground and makes people think. I have worked alongside Alastair Thain, Barry Lewis, Simon Norfolk, Harry Borden, Peter Funch, Levon Biss. Other photographers whose work I admire include, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Nadav Kander, Jan Saudek, Robert Polidori, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.

LPA Futures, Open to public from 14 May to 10 June 09 ThePrintSpace, 74 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL
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