Modern Britain bought to life through outdoor ads takeover

Outdoor advertising space across the UK will be taken over by photographs of contemporary British life for the second Portrait of Britain exhibition.
Starting on 1 September and running for the rest of the month, the photos will be displayed on JCDecaux’s digital screens at Heathrow Airport, rail stations, shopping malls and high streets around the country. The British Journal of Photography launched the project with JCDecaux and Nikon to showcase amateur and professional photographers and capture “the face of modern Britain”.
The 100 winning portraits, selected from nearly 8,000 entries, feature people such as a survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire, grime artist Skepta, the playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard, a drag queen, and a septuagenarian surfer on a Cornish beach.

“These powerful photographs show a wonderfully diverse view of Britain, capturing people at work, at rest, in family groups and alone, in times of happiness and introspection – and will be seen by the public as they commute, shop and socialise in cities UK-wide,” said Ben Maher, sales and partnership director at JCDecaux.
Via: Campaign Live

Posterscope Support Helmand Return OOH Exhibition

Posterscope are proud to announce that Helmand Return, a new body of work by acclaimed commercial photographer Robert Wilson, launches today and will be seen as a photographic exhibition on billboards across the country. The project builds on Wilson’s 2008 project, Helmand, which recorded the faces and places behind the Afghan conflict.
This site-specific exhibition showcases a selection of photographs taken on Wilson’s recent trip to Afghanistan, and documents the British troops’ final tour of duty and homecoming preparations. As an official war artist, Wilson was granted unprecedented access to the personnel and logistical operations surrounding the drawdown in Afghanistan, allowing a rare insight into the process of ending war.
Each billboard’s location is determined by the biographical data gathered from the returning troops, allowing this outdoor exhibition to be both a literal and metaphorical return home. The project aims to highlight the toll that this war has taken in a relevant but unsentimental way, bringing the exhibition to the people, rather than the people to the exhibition.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council England, the MoD, Gallery One and a Half, Primesight and Clear Channel.
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