Photo Kindness Project

London’s photographers are a wonderful bunch.  They’ve been generously donating prints of their work to help raise money for a charity that supports some of our most vulnerable children.

Childhood First transforms the lives of kids suffering severe trauma due to abuse and neglect; helping them towards a future where they can be happy and fulfil their potential.

Dozens of fantastic photographers have donated prints, which will be randomly allocated to ticket holders at an evening of comedy and music in Saturday 17th November. All money raised will go to support the charity’s work.

Buy tickets here.

To find out more, check out this feature in the Gazette.


Namvula – editorial portrait in Notting Hill

I met the grounded, charming and exceptionally talented Namvula in Notting Hill, to make a portrait to accompany a Rhythm Passport interview. 

Check out her beautiful album Quiet Revolutions on Bandcamp.

Namvula © Emma Marshall

Namvula © Emma Marshall

Louise Havell

A portrait/promo session with musician, composer and producer Louise Havell.

Knight Feast at Shuffle Festival

A giant globe of light suspended from the trees above a round table. As dusk falls, the globe creates a focal point, bathing the leaves, gravestones and festival-goers in an ethereal glow, visible from deep in the woods.

This was Knight Feast – an installation by Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds and Katherine Daish, and part of Shuffle Festival, held in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on the August bank holiday.

On the table/stage, there were music and theatrical performances by Greg Hall, Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis, Electro Improv Street Performers, Fear of Fluffing and Talulah Haddon & Elijah W. Harris, culminating in a crazy musical space-jam. (Which, unfortunately, was shut down by zealous council enforcers as the decibels were breaching agreed limits).

Shuffle consists of music, bars and cinema screens peppered throughout the overgrown cemetery. It’s a Danny Boyle project and has been running for a few years, but the word hadn’t reached me until now. It was an entertaining, thought-provoking and visually intriguing evening and I’ll definitely be marking Shuffle weekend in my calendar for next year.


















Convos cover – Daymé Arocena

Purdue Convocations, one of the oldest collegiate performing arts promotors in the US, has licensed my image of Daymé Arocena for the cover of their 2017-2018 season brochure.  


Portrait of the week – Andrea, Panajachel

Andrea © Emma Marshall

Andrea, weaver and textile seller, Panajachel

Portrait of the week – Joe, Panajachel


A colourful character in Panajachel, often seen zipping around town on a BMX.

Photofusion Salon/16 Public’s Choice award winner

A bit slow to report this (still in Guatemala with all the distractions and technical limitations that implies), but my photo has won an award!

Along with the excellent Angelika Berndt, I am joint winner of the Public’s Choice Award at the Photofusion Salon/16 exhibition for my photo of Charlotte & Fenton from the Night Tube series.

Very happy!

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Charlotte and Fenton, Central Line, 23.30, Greenford to Mile End. Going to a warehouse rave.

Portrait of the week – Nubiya Brandon

Nubiya Brandon, singer/MC with the musical collective Nubian Twist.

Nubiya Brandon © Emma Marshall


2016 in portraits

Another year of portraits, although I missed my daily portrait after I completed the year-long challenge in February – I may embark on something similar again in 2017. There’s something about showing up to make work every day, independent of any project or commission… It isn’t always what you want to do but the rewards of discipline, practice and serendipity outweigh all of the inconvenience.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite portraits of the year, one for each month.

Happy new year :)

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Lucy & Thomas, Clissold Park, London


Cleo Cobb, kids’ clothing designer, Victoria Park, London


Comedian Spencer Jones, album artwork shoot for Hackney band We Used To Make Things


Cuban singer and composer Daymé Arocena in Shoreditch, London


We Used To Make Things, Hackney Marshes


Opera singer and cabaret artist Nara Taylor, on her narrowboat on Regent’s Canal


Dancers Julien et Aude, Nowhere Festival, Spain


Singer Inna Modja at WOMAD festival, Wiltshire


Bookseller James, Word On The Water, Regent’s Canal


Fenton and Charlotte, on the Night Tube


Musician Alex Tinlin in Shoreditch, London


Photographer & student of anthropology Aline Aronsky