Frontier's Portrait Project

Following the success of our first exhibition at the Espace Photographique de Sauroy in Paris we are now featuring select, framed prints as part of Frontier's Portrait Project. This is an ongoing effort to raise money for the individuals and organisations we collaborate with or have random encounters with whilst working on our projects. Portrait photography involves fascinating and random exchanges, often with strangers, with the subject allowing the photographer to witness a private moment or capture genuine emotion. And when the subject would ask the purpose of taking the photograph my answers didn't seem to hold enough weight. So now I see these portraits as an opportunity to give back to the people who are so willing to share their time with me. Profits from the sale of these images will either go to the person within the image or to an organisation associated with them. We are selling these framed prints as single editions symbolising the unique, precious soul within each image.

Mathura Singh & his wife
Utterkahand, India
2017
168 x 108cm
Fuji Crystal Archive Print
1/1    Framed Print    £7500

Mathura Singh was run over by a truck. He lost both legs and was left paralysed down one side. When we told him that we’d like to raise money to pay for new prosthetic legs for him he told us that if we could raise money he would prefer to put it in a trust fund for his wife. Mathura believes that he will die long before his wife and wants her to have some financial security. I met Mathura whilst making a short film about the Purkal Youth Development Society.

To purchase this single edition framed print please contact alan@frontierfilm.co.uk

Goonj Staff Member
Delhi, India
2017
128 x 74cm
Fuji Crystal Archive Print
1/1    Framed Print   £3500

This portrait was taken at Indian NGO Goonj's recycling depot in Delhi. This woman makes sanitary pads from donated cloth for rural women in India. The 100% cotton cloth is soaked, washed and dried before being scanned with a metal detector to remove hooks or buttons. The cloth is then ironed to remove moisture and is cut into standard sizes. Goonj staff have made and distributed hundreds of thousands of MyPads to rural India.

To purchase this single edition framed print please contact alan@frontierfilm.co.uk

Odisha
Daringbadi, India
2017
106 x 85cm
Fuji Crystal Archive Print
1/1    Framed Print   £3000

This lady's portrait was taken during a shoot for the long-format Goonj documentary we are currently working on. The men and women from her community were cutting a road through the jungle to connect with a neighbouring village. She told me that the tradition of women tattooing their faces comes from a time when the previous generation would fear being kidnapped by the land owners. They would tattoo their faces to make them less appealing and avoid the attention of the men they worked for. 

To purchase this single edition framed print please contact alan@frontierfilm.co.uk

The Queen
Delhi, India
2017
89 x 104cm
Fuji Crystal Archive Print
1/1    Framed Print   £3000

We photographed portraits of every Goonj staff member in Delhi and Rishikesh. When the ladies found out that they were going to have the picture taken they all arrived in their best saris. They all looked like queens, some were very shy, others were trying hard not to laugh - it was an incredible shoot full of warmth. This particular lady had such a natural presence in front of the camera. There is something special about her that translates powerfully into this image. We have always referred to this print as 'The Queen'.

To purchase this single edition framed print please contact alan@frontierfilm.co.uk

Fruit Sellers
Uttarakhand, India
2017
142 x 114cm
Fuji Crystal Archive Print
1/1    Framed Print   £4000

I spent a few days documenting a school trip with the Purkal Youth Development society. The children were visiting a sacred lake on a mountain top in the Himalayas. At the base of this mountain were a few local shop fronts including this one. The scene looked like a painting, the colour, textures and the individuals were so perfectly placed - as is the case so often in India that everyday scenes look like works of art.

To purchase this single edition framed print please contact alan@frontierfilm.co.uk