John Angerson (b.1969) started his career in the early 1990's, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the changing geopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe. Since then, his practice has continued to explore the different languages of documentary photography, focusing on how specific communities form, shift and develop. He has adopted strategies appropriate to the subjects and clients he has worked for such as: black & white reportage, constructed staged portraits and ‘aftermath’ - or ‘late’ photography. His personal projects have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at major art institutions in the UK and overseas.
Over the past 15 years Angerson has facilitated visiting lectures at numerous universities, colleges, institutions notably Central St Martins, Leeds College of Art, Huddersfield University and also took part in a number of lectures and critique workshops for the Royal Photographic society (Visual Journalism group) - these lectures use his personal work as a template to explore my process and also discuss and debate the real world workings of an award winning photographer. Areas discussed include the search for the subject and access, ways to manage to fund of them, the technical aspects of the projects and even the copyright and moral issues one comes across whilst creating works.
John Angerson's approach is a simple one; to shine light on the logistics of shooting features and portraiture for a range of editorial and advertising clients such as the Saturday Times magazine, British Heart Foundation, Lloyds Banking group and Applepay. Alongside this process he expands on the need to draw out a narrative in the work and how they are then disseminated into exhibitions, books and print sales.
His work has a strong published research profile that is centered on the production of photographic monographs; many of those personal projects have attracted positive critical acclaim with three books to date being published:
• Angerson, J. (2007) Love, Power, Sacrifice: Life with the Jesus Army. Stockport: Dewi Lewis.
• Angerson, J. Youngs, (2006) Youngs: Celebrating Seafood. Edition. Simon & Schuster UK.
• Angerson J. (2002) Entertaining Angels. Edition. Saint George's Church & Crypt.
He has exhibited extensively across the UK. One example: Love, Power, Sacrifice (published by Dewi Lewis, Manchester) documented the Jesus Army over a twenty-year period and peers into a microcosm of fanatical religion, it became a collectors item within a few years. Another project - English Journey was a two-year travelogue across England that has now become a benchmark for scholars of the JB Priestly society. The Guardian Newspaper gave the project five star reviews and prints sales of this work and other projects are now sought after by many collectors with a strong growth in the Dutch market in recent years.