The British Isles is an account of thirteen years of life across the United Kingdom, as seen through the lens of Jamie Hawkesworth. In this sprawling sequence of portraits and landscapes, Hawkesworth surveys the characters and terrains that make up the everyday fabric of his home country: schoolchildren and shopworkers, markets and estates, priests and professionals, cities and construction sites.
These photographs chart an alternative history of this eventful period of British history; a period punctuated by austerity, referenda, celebration, and conflict. And yet as much as a historical document this book is an exercise in curiosity, presenting a radically democratizing portrait of the United Kingdom in which individuals, buildings and natural scenes are imbued with Hawkesworth’s generous and dignifying eye.
About the Author
Jamie Hawkesworth is a British fashion and documentary photographer.
Hawkesworth’s first photography project was made in Preston bus station as a member of the collective Preston is My Paris. The work was published in their 2010 self-published newspaper as well as in his own 2017 book, both called Preston Bus Station. That experience has influenced his work by him since, shooting fashion campaigns, catalogs and editorials.
He has had solo exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield, UK; Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York City; and Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; the latter showing a mix of his personal by him as well as his commercial photography by him.
In 2014 the British Journal of Photography pronounced Hawkesworth “One to Watch”. In 2017 The New York Times said he is “feted as one of the most talented fashion photographers of his generation”. His images of him have been described by I.D. as being “defined by their romantic warmth, simple beauty, and emotional openness”. In 2018 he received the Award for Editorial, Advertising and Fashion Photography, from the Royal Photographic Society. (via Wikipedia)