’s latest book, The Family, takes us very close into the lives of London’s seedier gangs and organized criminals.
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Jocelyn Bain Hogg began his career as a unit photographer on movie sets after studying Documentary Photography at Newport Art College. He shot publicity for the BBC, photographed fashion and now works on documentary projects and commercial and editorial assignments. His editorial work features in Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, The Observer, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Stern, GQ, Esquire, Max, Le Monde, Cahiers du Cinema, L’Espresso and La Repubblica and he has photographed commercially for many clients including Ibiza Rocks, The Kaiser Chiefs, Nokia, Sony, Ikea,, Vodafone, O'Neills, English Heritage, Adidas, The Post Office, and Mulberry.
He is the author of five photographic books to date and his first, The Firm, presented an astonishingly intimate view of London’s organised crime world, and won international acclaim, garnering the prestigious Lead Award for portraiture (2003 Germany). The Firm has been exhibited internationally since 2001, most recently at the Pobeda Gallery in Moscow where a TV documentary about him was aired on Russian television for the Stories in Details Arts series.
His second book, Idols + Believers, an intensive journey into the nature of fame and today’s celebrity culture, was published in 2006 with a touring exhibition shown in London, Paris, New York and Miami.
A third book, Pleasure Island, looking at the pursuit of pleasure, rock and roll and dance culture in Ibiza, was published in 2008 with an exhibition at The Printspace in London in 2008 and remains on the walls in the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the home of the Ibiza Rocks Festival.
Currently The Family, a ten-year-on update from The Firm, which looks again at Britain’s organized crime world in a new decade and was premiered as an exhibition at the Visa Pour L'Image festival in Perpignan, France in September 2011, is touring globally as an exhibition with the accompanying photographic book published by Foto8 in December 2011.
Most recently, a book about today’s ‘Season’, A British Entertainment, that looks at the British class system at both public and private events and was released in May 2012. This was commissioned and published by shirt company Thomas Pink and was photographed throughout a year from March 2011 to March 2012
In 2008 he was commissioned by Sky News to document the issues surrounding British youth for an extensive essay for Sky News Online and an exhibition at City Hall in London. He is presently continuing this work for Sea Change, a major project started in 2013 documenting youth across Europe, involving an international roster of photographers for which he is photo-director. In February 2013, he was invited onto the jury of the World Press.
An ongoing project Muse (photographed over the last twelve years) is a series of close-up photographs of friends, family and partners, which depicts an honest, intimate and personal insight into femininity. The work explores beauty and female emotion in an unvarnished and un-retouched manner, challenging the 21st Century ethos of cosmetic enhancement and air-brushed magazine perfection. Muse has so far been exhibited at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales and at Fotopub in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. It will be shown in London and New York in 2013.
In addition to the continuing British Youth series, he has recently finished working on an innovative book project about the city of his birth London, Tired of London, Tired of Life. A collaboration between three artists of different creative disciplines, his photographs collude with artist Paul Davis’ drawings and designer Henrietta Molinaro’s vision. The project is due for publication by Emphas.is/Editions Intervalles in Summer 2013.
He is a member of the VII Photo Agency.