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Laura Pannack

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My art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
I am driven by research led self-initiated projects. I do all she can to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively. I am a firm believer that time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully, and as such, many of my projects develop over several years. My particular approach allows a genuine connection to exist between sitter and photographer, which in turn elucidates the intimacy of these very human exchanges. My images aim to suggest the shared ideas and experiences that are entwined in each frame that she shoots. I largely shoots with a film camera on her personal projects, allowing her process to be organic rather than being predefined by fixed ideas, thus removing additional pressure on the sitter.

My work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
In 2010 I received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. I have also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta foundation and Lucies IPA. I was recently awarded the Vic Odden by The Royal Photographic Society award for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under

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