I’m a writer and a photographer, and I’ve been working as a journalist for 20 years.
My passion is storytelling – combining words, photographs and moving images to try to connect people to subjects and places they may be unfamiliar with.
I’ve been lucky enough to produce photo stories around the world – in Afghanistan, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, India, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda, among others, touching on subjects such as conservation, climate change and tourism. This website is primarily devoted to my international work.
I also work closer to home. In 2015 I began a long-term documentary project – South London Stories – exploring some of the harsher aspects of life in the part of London that is my home.
It is ongoing, and I work with small, local charities and NGOs to highlight the vital and underreported work that they do, and tell the extraordinary stories of some of the people they help. I work collaboratively with people, usually over the course of many months or years.
Today, as well as running South London Stories, I produce and commission digital content for editorial and NGO clients.
I also run photography workshops, and have previously worked with small groups of refugees, young carers and advice centre clients.
My editorial work has been published by The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Independent, Condé Nast Traveller, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Metro, Buzzfeed, MSN and others.
My corporate and charity clients include Afghanaid, The British Film Institute, ClimateCare, University of the Arts London, The Anne Frank Trust, The Foundling Museum, The Woolmark Company, Simon & Schuster, Glass Door, Sense About Science, Social Enterprise UK and the Institute of Physics.
For commissions, or to licence any of my images, you can reach me at email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my photographs and stories.
James Hopkirk, London, 2023