How I work: Laura Pannack

London-based photographer Laura Pannack is known for her thoughtful portrait and social documentary photography, where she often works to decipher the relationship between subject and photographer.

Pannack's images mostly take on research-led projects and are raw. She uses films to capture her subjects as truthfully as possible. Many of Pannack's projects value time, trust and understanding and develop over several years. "This special approach enables a real connection between sitter and photographer, which in turn illustrates the intimacy of this very human exchange," she says in the explanation of her artist.

Above: Baruch, Lumix Stories for Change. Above: The Cracker, island symmetries. All pictures © Laura Pannack

In previous projects, she has explored what Brexit means for love, youth culture in the British Black Country and young British naturists. Her latest project, commissioned by Lumix and 1854 Media as part of the Stories for Change series, follows a young Hasidic man who breaks new ground and finds a way to be Jewish outside the confines of his former life. The images and accompanying film, titled Baruch (the name of Pannack's subject) build on the photographer's ongoing work with Orthodox Jewish groups and were shot in some of Israel's most beautiful landscapes. The series is a delicate exploration of Baruch's search for a feeling for himself and the emotions and experiences that go with it. "I hope it inspires others to think about life without limits," says Pannack.

Commercially, the photographer refines her process, taking high-performing portraits for Barclays, Airbnb, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the BBC. In addition, Pannack has received numerous awards over the years, including the John Kobal Award and the Juliet Margaret Cameron Award. He was also a finalist for Portrait of Britain. Here the photographer discusses how photography found her, why commercial projects can actually be a good thing, and what she was grateful for during the pandemic.


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