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Help Crowdfund Invisible Britain Portraits Book
Kiran Acharya , March 15th, 2018 10:37



A new book from Sleaford Mods documentary director Paul Sng showcases more than 40 portrait photographers telling untold stories from across the UK



Independent film director Paul Sng has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Invisible Britain: Portraits, a book of documentary images from 40 award-winning photographers including Rob Clayton, Polly Alderton, Guy Bolongaro and Cindy Sasha.

Co-curated by Chloe Juno and Laura Dicken, the book features stories showing the sharp edge of austerity and cuts to public services. The book is supported by The Young Foundation, a charity with a long history of amplifying the voices and experiences of people seldom heard.

“Negative and stereotyping narratives which misrepresent residents of council estates, benefit claimants, migrants, refugees and other minority groups, often encourage the public to adopt detrimental opinions about those people,” says Sng.

“This stigmatisation makes it easier for politicians to make decisions that can damage those communities. Invisible Britain: Portraits shows the reality of modern Britain from the perspective of those who often feel disenfranchised.”



The book arises from the documentary film Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, co-directed by Sng in 2015, and follows the success of Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, released in 2016. 



Invisible Britain followed Sleaford Mods on tour before the 2015 General Election, meeting people in some of the most neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the country.

“It would do them a disservice to describe the people we met as ‘ordinary’, given the extraordinary efforts they had taken to protect and preserve their communities,” says Sng.

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Invisible Britain: Portraits is another means for people from across the UK whose lives have been impacted by failures and neglect to tell their stories in their own voices. “We’re approaching a golden age of British documentary photography,” says Colin Pantall, of the British Journal of Photography. 

“With its mass survey of contemporary British life, Invisible Britain: Portraits is part of this trend. The book celebrates Britain in all its diversity, but also puts social justice to the forefront by directly confronting the cruelties of Austerity Rule and putting the forgotten people of Britain at its heart.”


Contribute to the crowdfunding campaign for Invisible Britain: Portraits, and find out more about Velvet Joy Productions at velvetjoyproductions.com.

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