They Made This – Holly’s High Fives: Laura Pannack

I am now a regular contributor for They Made This, an online visual arts journal and print shop showcasing photography and illustration. Each month I write a column called High Fives – the first of which was with my friend Laura Pannack. Here’s an extract, you can read the full article here.

“In this great new monthly column, photographer Holly Falconer chats to her favourite artists asking them to sum up the highlights of their career so far in five photos and five questions. First up she talks to award winning photographer Laura Pannack, who she’s been friends with since they worked together back in 2008. It turned out they were almost-neighbours and they’ve been mates ever since. Below Holly introduces Laura’s work and chats to her about the relationship between photographer and sitter, winning the World Press Photo award, working with British Naturists and taking inspiration from an old Romanian folk tale.

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Laura is a London-based photographer whose intuitive, sensitive eye translates into work that has seen her win first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards, as well as the John Kobal New Work Award for last year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. She favours research-lead social documentary and portraiture projects, and some of her most mesmerising work has included her studies of Young British Naturists, as well as her portraits of ‘Young Love’ a series on young teenage couples. Her commercial clients have included Samsung, Dove, Vodaphone and Nike. She also gives a great manicure and is truly the best person to grab a drink with, as she’s pretty much a wine connoisseur.

Your approach to photography seems to me to always be about a slow, sensitive approach – an exploration of what’s happening between you and the sitter. How has this process developed over the years?

Laura: I think analogue has taught me this and I notice that when I change camera the learning process ultimately continues that technique. I am fascinated by human behaviour and I like the idea that the unpredictable nature of people is often characterised by the relationship between photographer and sitter…”

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