Portrait of Britain 2017

I’m delighted that my portrait of Samuel has been included in the British Journal of Photography’s second instalment of the UK’s biggest photography exhibition.

In partnership with JCDecaux and Nikon, Portrait of Britain will showcase the work of its selected photographers on a network of digital screens throughout the country, from rail stations and airports, to shopping malls and high streets.

Chosen from almost 8000 entries, this year’s selection features portraits of some of the country’s most notable personalities, including artists Anthony Gormley and Tracey Emin. A number of unsung heroes are also on show, such as the pioneering neurosurgeon Dr. Henry Marsh. Above all, the winning entries centre on individuals: ordinary citizens engaged in their everyday lives, celebrated in public view across the country.

The exhibition will run across JCDecaux’s digital network of screens from 1st – 30th September 2017.

View this year’s winning portraits here



James Joys

James Joys was born and grew up in Belfast, spent 11 years in Newcastle studying and then lecturing music, and has recently relocated to Bristol. His interests are focused around intersections of urban experience and music, architecture and sound, the writer Nathaniel Mackey and the musician Sun Ra. One day he will make a pilgrimage to Detroit. He also plays bass clarinet, oboe, piano and hacked electronics in various free improvising groups. He works with collage artist Gwilly Edmondez as the duo Base Cleft, who release free albums on WFMU’s Free Music Archive and Gwilly’s own Felt Beak.

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Click below to listen to James’ debut EP ‘Glyphic Bloom’

Glyphic Boom by James Joys