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. 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.

Heaven and Cyanide, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Pannack gained a degree in editorial photography at the University of Brighton; studied a foundation course in painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art, London; and studied a foundation course at London College of Communication.

Dedicated to developing strong relationships with her subjects, Laura Pannack’s work is always a collaborative endeavour between artist and sitter. Her selected portrait, shot on Nikon, is part of a series she worked on at the very start of her career called The Untitled, which marked the beginning of her interest in youth culture. The project aims to challenge the sweeping generalisations and often negative perceptions of teenagers held by many, by capturing the individuality of each of her subjects.

She works commercially and on self initiated personal projects, her subjects often being young people and teenagers. 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. Pannack has also been widely published, both commercially and as a photographic artist, with work appearing in The British Journal of Photography, Hotshoe International, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent Review and Creative Review.

Mouldy and Carla, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Time Has Arrived, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Shay, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

"My work aims to tell and inspire stories. I want to connect and emotionnaly engage with you."

— Laura Pannack

The photographer works with analogue photography and continues to shoot with a film camera on her personal projects. By using traditional methods of working from negatives, as well as shooting with polaroid, she finds beauty in the mistakes that come from working with unpredictable material.

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Youth series

I needed to escape, to begin an adventure in my search for meaningful answers. The country’s hazy purple evening light and untouched land allowed me to gather my thoughts. I began to think about how I could visually explore the idea of life and death, that is when I stumbled across the folk tale ‘Youth Without Age and Life Without Death.”

Pannack has created a body of work which is a poetic collision of reality and fantasy. Symbols and cues are playfully introduced and encourage the viewer to embark on their own journey. The series presents a combination of still life, landscapes and portraits shot on expired film.

Her recent project 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.

All For The Love not the dough, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Chayla” (John Kobal Award), LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Awards and Honours

Pannack’s work has been extensively exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, PAD Paris, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament. Notable group shows include the “Terry O’Neill Photography Award’ group whow, Humble Arts’ 31 Women in Art Photography’ and ”The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize’ group show in both 2009 and 2014. Her solo show, ‘A Collection’ was presented at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, and her acclaimed solo show was exhibited with Francesca Maffeo Gallery in October 2016.

She received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2018, Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie Prize 2017, John Kobal Award in 2014, the Best in Show award at 2010′ Foto8 and first place in the Portrait Singles at the World Photo Press Awards in the same year.

More recently, she was awarded the Getty Prestige Grant for her project, Youth Without Age, Life Without Death, a photographic exporation of the fragility of life. This body of work is concerned with themes of time, journeys and the cycle of life and death. Set in the Romanian landscape and created over the past four years it takes inspiration fro a local folk tale, following the story of a young prince on his quest for eternal life. The work sensitively respondws to the strong role that folklore pays within Romanian culture.

"For me, a compelling portrait is one that provokes emotions and encourages an attachment. I like the idea of a threaded connection from subject, to photographer, to viewer – one that flows effortlessly and connects all three."

— Laura Pannack