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BPPA's 'Unseen' showcases the great unpublished photojournalism

22 March 2009 - EPUK

A new book by members of the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA) showcases great editorial images that never saw the light of day.

Sponsored by Canon, the book is the most recent published project by the BPPA since 2004’s “Five Thousand Days” book and exhibition.

The book highlights one of the key frustrations in photojournalism: that a great numbers of brilliant pictures never see the light of day through too tight deadlines, design limitations or editorial indifference. The images in UNSEEN were selected by a jury of BPPA members, and offers a glimpse of the variety and extraordinarily high standard of work being produced today.


One of the images from Unseen: A woman known as Maria, who suffers from bipolar disorder. reaches out from behind the door where she is locked in by her family: Dili, East Timor. Photograph by Fabio De Paola.

Founded in 1984 by UK press photographers, the BPPA aims to promote and inspire the highest ethical, technical and creative standards from within the industry.

The book features a foreword by Jilly Cooper – who became an unlikely advocate for photographers after writing to The Times to complain about the lack of photographers’ bylines in newspapers.

“Without photographers invading the worse troublespots, armed only with their cameras, so much tyranny and brutality would go unrecorded”, writes Cooper.

Unseen – Photographs from The British Press Photographers’ Association, features 108 photographs over 176 pages, and is published on 25th March by Skateboarding Duck. The project was sponsored by Canon. Copies can be bought from Fixation, The Flash Centre, Jacobs Professional, Snapperstuff and Amazon.

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