Author’s in front of the Lens // Portraits Session 1

I’ve been working closely with the guys over at The Portico Library this year. I absolutely fell in love with this place when I did a photoshoot there with The Rubys back in feb.  ( click here to see the shoot ). The library is in the heart of Manchester and has been standing since 1806. The building is simply stunning, inside and out. Please support the library by checking the website out and blog here. Also if your buying any books, you can help them by doing it via the amazon link on the website and they’ll earn a small percentage just by you clicking on the link. It doesn’t cost you anything additional.

In October, during the Manchester Literature Festival week, I was commissioned to shoot a series of portraits of the authors under the Fiction category. It was an amazing opportunity to capture the faces behind the books.

Here’s the series of shots from the shoot.

Author // Tom BennBorn and raised in Stockport. Author of The Doll Princess; a grimy crime debut set in Manchester during the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb attack.
Author// Joe StretchHis latest release is ‘The Adult’ , story of Jim Thorne: “child of the nineties, adult of the noughties, product of his times”
Author // Val McDermidBest selling crime writer, one of her most sinister character’s was based on Jimmy Savile. TV Series ‘Wire in the Blood”s characters were created by Val. 
Author // Sarah Hall – Sarah won the the Portico Prize for Literature, for her short story collection ‘The Beautiful Indifference’
Author// Robert WilliamsFrom being in a band and recording with ‘New Order’s Peter Hook to writing his first novel, ‘The Thought Fox’ . He hails from just around the corner! His first novel, Luke and Jon, won a Betty Trask Award, and was translated into six languages and tagged ‘a hugely impressive debut’ in the Daily Telegraph.
Author // Emma Jane UnsworthLiving in Manchester, her first novel ‘Hungry, the Stars & Everything’ was published by The Hidden Gem Press in 2011 and has won a Betty Trask Award.
Author // Mark IllisBorn in London now living in West Yorkshire. Mark had three novels published by Bloomsbury before he was 30. He’s now one of Salt Publishing’s best-selling authors. He’s been writing for TV for 15 years and has had several radio plays broadcast. His stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies. His latest release? ‘The Last Word’ in 2011.
Author // Jane Rogers‘Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it’s up to her.’ a passage from her book ‘The Testament of Jessie Lamb’ which won the Arthur C Clarke Award.

An absolute pleasure to with such talented people!

P x


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