ASSIGNMENT – The Portrait #1 – Mark Pinder

Mark Pinder, photojournalist.

Mark lives and works in the North East, he studied under David Hurn in the 80s. His work regularly appears in The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, Bloomberg, The Big Issue, Local government Chronicle, Health service Journal etc….

When I arrived at Mark’s home, one of the first things that caught my attention was a large black and white print hanging on the kitchen wall by Keith Pattison ( This sparked a looooooong conversation! Mark and I sat talking for well over an hour. I panicked slightly as I hadn’t taken any images and needed to collect my daughter from school. I managed to get quite a few shots in a relatively short amount of time.

Mark is a very laid-back and exceptionally interesting character. He has lots of stories to tell regarding photography and journalism. I learned a lot.
It came to light that Mark’s favourite focal length for documentary work is 40mm. Naturally, I decided to shoot the whole set with my 40mm.

The light was typically Northern – grey and flat. However, the tall grand windows acted as natural apertures, the light leaking into the living room was perfect for a no-flash-keep-it-real shoot.
Mark is partially through the process of digitising his extensive film archive. Some of the shots below show his homemade negative copier (made from an Ikea lightbox, an old enlarger stand and a Panasonic digital camera with flip-screen). I like the chiaroscuro effect in these images.

The two main photographs (above) were taken with a Polaroid Passport Camera using Fujifilm FP-100C peel-apart instant film. A beast of a machine and expensive to use, but great fun.

Other kit – Canon 5d3, Canon 6d, Tamron 35mm f/1.8, Canon 135mm L