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Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days - Tracy Calder

Por­trait of Bri­tain By var­i­ous, Hox­ton Mini Press, £20, 336 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-1910566381

When Bri­tish Jour­nal of Pho­tog­ra­phy put out a call for por­traits ear­lier this year, it re­ceived more than 13,000 sub­mis­sions. Hav­ing whit­tled this number down to 200, the judges then chose 100 to be dis­played on dig­i­tal screens na­tion­wide. It’s an in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional ex­hi­bi­tion, and I’m sure it will turn heads at Bri­tain’s rail hubs and shop­ping cen­tres, but per­son­ally I don’t think you can beat see­ing all the pic­tures in one place. Thank­fully, Hox­ton Mini Press felt the same be­cause its lat­est of­fer­ing, Por­trait of Bri­tain, con­tains all the short­listed and win­ning en­tries. A hand­ful of these pic­tures fea­ture pub­lic fig­ures – Greg Fun­nell’s shot of the late Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing is par­tic­u­larly strik­ing – but most fea­ture ev­ery­day peo­ple go­ing about their busi­ness. Tom Old­ham’s beau­ti­fully lit por­trait of his son in the back of a car is among my favourites. ★★★★★

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