• © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

  • © Laura Pannack, From the series 'Separation', 2018

Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 Showcase: Laura Pannack

'I learn most when I walk with a camera; about myself and the company I share. I engage. I stop mentally. I listen.’

Laura Pannack is a London-based, award-winning photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary artwork, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.

Pannack’s work has been extensively exhibited and published worldwide, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, The Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament.

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible. Perceiving “time, trust and understanding” to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years. Pannack always chooses to shoot with analogue film on her personal projects.

Her work has received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the John Kobal Award, Juliet Margaret Cameron award, Prix de la photographie, World Press Photo and the Vic Odden award.

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

In addition to her own practice, Pannack lectures, critiques and teaches at universities, workshops and festivals around the world, and in 2015, judged the portrait category in World Photo Press Awards in Amsterdam.

Separation

Love is one of life’s mysteries. It is something that most can relate to and yet there is no one emotion that defines it. Love can bring elation, it can also bring despair. Separation explores the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate separation. With Britain soon to sever its ties with the European Union, tens of thousands of people face the possibility of losing their right to work in the UK, not to mention being forced out of the country that they share with their partner.

Brexit has long garnered column inches for its political implications, but what does it mean for love?

© Laura Pannack, From the series ‘Separation’, 2018

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