I have the honour of meeting some extraordinary creative forces whilst creating the official photographs for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's esteemed Awards for Artists. Paul Hamlyn Foundation established Awards for Artists in 1994 to provide visual artists and composers with financial assistance at a timely moment in their careers. The awards aim to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and to grow both personally and professionally, reflecting the Foundation’s strong belief in the value of artists to society.
Travelling to meet each of the 10 annual recipients every autumn is something I really look forward to. I like to spend time with each visual artist and composer so that I can observe their favourite space or memorable place, thereby being able to construct portraits that don't necessarily tie them to their working environments but instead show their personalities - hopefully revealing a little of their creativity & vision too. Here follows a few of my favourite photographs from these photographic sessions.