Peter Dench

Peter Dench is a British photojournalist who works with advertising, editorial and portrait photography. His work is similar to that of Martin Parr.

“Dench says of his work:

I’m always looking for humour in my pictures. Charlie Chaplin is a big influence and I often try to address serious subjects in a humorous way when appropriate. My aim is to make people laugh, make people think. Looking through the books of Elliott Erwitt and Martin Parr is the reason I got into photography. If you can travel the world making people laugh and making them think, then to me that’s a fine way to live.” <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Dench

“Rarely does a day go by in my professional life when Parr isn’t mentioned by, or to me. It’s impossible to photograph England without seeing Parr parts in many shots; crying children, litter, dogs with their tongues hanging out, bad food, bad weather. As a photographer I embrace that influence. I would like to think I would have arrived at the style of photography I have regardless of Parr; he certainly hastened the process and blazed a path for its acceptance as a photographic way of seeing.

Leaving New Brighton, having walked in Parr’s footsteps, confirmed why I will always be a photographer and why I will always document the English; to photograph what is real, to record the present in an attempt to preserve the nation’s past.” <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17190001 >

 

“Why do so many of the English still insist on embarrassing themselves, wearing laughable clothing, eating terrible food and behaving inappropriately?

That was the question on the mind of photojournalist Peter Dench, when he set out on a photographic tour of England. The 40-year-old English photographer wanted to create a comprehensive portrait of a the first decade of 21st-century England. Dench didn’t want to produce a glossy, idealised brochure of a green and pleasant land: he wanted the truth, warts and all. No bizarre or outrageous sight would escape his view

Alcohol would inevitably feature prominently in this project as well – because whether you’re living it up at Henley Regatta or at a hen party in Blackpool, the nation’s favourite legal high is never far away. But perhaps more shocking is the food we see people eating in Dench’s pictures.” <http://www.reportagebygettyimages.com/features/england-uncensored/ >

 


 

Alcohol and England is a humorous series, documenting British drinking habits, and reveals visually how our nation seeks comfort in a bottle. Dench explores why the english drink until they fall over, “is it to overcome the awkwardness inherent in a half-denied class system?”

“At the beginning of the 21st century I made a conscious decision to document in depth England’s relationship with alcohol, a time when casual sex in public, binge drinking, public order offences and drink-related Accident and Emergency submissions seemed increasingly common on a normal night out. The English were arguably drinking younger, longer, faster and more cheaply than ever before.” <http://www.reportagebygettyimages.com/features/alcohol-england/&gt;

 


 

England Uncensored explores the truth of 21st century England, documenting the ethnic diversity from the love, the food, the weather, and our people. “England Uncensored is a laugh out loud romp through this often badly behaved nation, it is not an idealized brochure of a green and pleasant land. In this Jubilee year of Great British pomp, where the media coverage is expected to be as polished as the crown jewels, it is important for us as a nation to remember who we really are, warts and all.” <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17190001&gt;

 

Relation of Peter Dench to my project:

In the same way that Dench explores Britishness, culture and identity, my project also explores contemporary Britishness and upper class society traditions through equine fashion. Dench is very similar to Parr in what they explore, and the intense colour in their images, alike my equestrian fashion story. Dench’s main aim for his photography is to make people laugh and think, I also would like my audience to think when they view my project. I would like them to consider the long traditions of equestrian fashion as present visually through my unusual documentation of hunting attire.

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