Bran Symondson’s unique style of reportage/portrait photography and contempary art works, rests on a simple premise; he earns the trust of his subjects. They give their permission to be looked at, and even arrange how they wish to be seen; they are empowered, never victims.
It is perhaps this that makes his photography unique, he reads faces, body language, settings, and takes time to imagine who a person is. Photography can often be literal, but Symondson brings us something else, lyricism, surrealism, affection, an interaction, something democratic between reportage and fine art. At the heart of much of his work is a sensibility formed by his experiences in active service in Afghanistan with the British Army.
Regular contributor to GQ Magazine, and The Sunday Times, he is also the winner of the prestigious Amnesty International Media Award, 2011 and originator of several recent highly acclaimed exhibitions, The Best View of Heaven is from Hell (2011), and AKA Peace (2012).
His pieces have been bought and collected from Artists such as Jake Chapman to Entrepreneurs such as Piers Linney (Dragons Den). Bran is currently working on new project’s for exhibition’s in 2015.