Janine Wiedel is an American documentary photographer living and working in London. Her career has mainly focused on groups struggling to survive on the edges of mainstream society. These projects have become major studies, books and exhibitions, and have fed into Wiedel’s extensive archive and photolibrary.
Her earliest projects included studies of the Black Panthers, the Berkeley Riots, the Irish Travellers, the Baffin Island Inuits, and Iran, yielding a range of exhibitions and publications.
In 1978, she was awarded an Arts Bursary to record Industries of the West Midlands, resulting in the major installation exhibition Vulcan’s Forge (The Photographer’s Gallery, London, 1979, then touring), and a book of the same title.
In 1989 Wiedel won The South East Arts Cross Channel Photographic Mission Award to spend a year documenting the town of Dover in the run up to the construction of The Channel Tunnel. Once more, this became an exhibition and a book.
In 1990 Gainsborough House Museum commissioned her to document people of Sudbury for a book & exhibition which toured to the USA.
More recent long-term projects have included studies of the Rastafarian Community (presented as a multi-screen production/concert in Bremen, Germany, 2007); a four-year documentation of St Agnes Place Squat (book currently in progress) and on-going studies of multi-cultural Britain and protest movements. www.wiedel-photo-library.com
Jacky Chapman was born in Leeds, and studied Graphic Design and Photography (De Montfort University, Leicester, and Central St Martin’s, London). This dual formation continues to underpin the graphic clarity and strong composition of her work as a photographer.
Since 1987, she has worked for clients ranging from broadsheets and trade publications, to universities, schools and the corporate and public relations world. A significant proportion of her work comes from charitable organizations, such as Shelter, Victim Support and NCH Action for Children.
Her freelancing, charity work has led her to many places outside of the UK. In the early 1990s she photographed orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, and child poverty in St Petersburg. In the mid-‘90s she spent months in Borneo and Zimbabwe as the staff-photographer for Raleigh International. In the late ‘90s she worked with a children’s charity in Mexico City and taught documentary and reportage at Notre Dame University, in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2004, Chapman participated in a photo project entitled “LITHUANIA. 24 HOURS”. Over a non-stop period of 24 hours, the project saw leading media photographers from across the world, invited to cover the first day of Lithuania’s membership of the European Union. The final result was turned into an exhibition and book.
Most recently, she has begun documenting the refugee crisis in Northern France as well as pursuing her longstanding USA project ‘Vanishing America’ capturing the relics of the 1950’s and 60’s, a time of drive-in movies, highway motels, Route 66 – a small tribute to the rapidly decaying American dream. http://www.jackychapmanphotos.com