Debby Besford

"Taking a picture is about engaging visually on a deeper level, seeing beyond, and getting what most miss and winning the trust of people if you are there to take their portrait." - Debby Besford

An international documentary photographer, Debby is inspired by authentically capturing the story of her subjects and their environments, whether it’s a contemporary portrait or an intimate insight into a flamboyant Spanish Circus.
Debby’s 35mm film work depicting the 80s and 90s of Norfolk’s eclectic youth was selected for the Museum of Youth Culture’s Collection, a huge accolade. Her series Forgotten Places revisits Debby’s own favorite childhood spots in Great Yarmouth in a fusion of Hopper-esque nostalgia and a visual documentary of temporary seaside attractions and their architecture, as they come and go.
Dividing her time between commissioned and personal work, Debby has kept her portfolio consistently original, innovative and diverse, with personal documentary visits to East Africa, Moscow, Ukraine, Utah and Las Vegas.
Debby lives in North Norfolk. A photography degree lecturer, Debby works in Norfolk and Cambridge, she has raised a family and continues to focus on personal and commissioned projects. She travels, lectures and works on projects that inspire her love of discovering and recording the way people choose to live.
Clients include: Clients include Conde Naste Traveller, The Guardian, The Independent, BBC, Channel 4 amongst many more. Awards include, AOP Finalist, and LensCulture and Magnum Photography Awards, Honourable mentions.

 

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021

The Art of Roller Skating. TBC
Postcards from Great Britain, Shutterhub, pop-up show, touring  across Europe
2020

A FINE BALANCE, Contemporary & Country, selected work, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Shutterhub, selected for ‘OPEN’ Exhibition, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam
Retracing The Venetian Waterways, Ex Marks the Spot Gallery. Gt Yarmouth
2019

Time to Think, selected work, Festival Pil’Ours, France
209 Women, Exhibition & Book, Palace of Westminster and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2018

Norfolk by Design, (now Contemporary and Country) selected work, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
2017

Selected for ‘Retina’ World Photography Show in Edinburgh, UK
Girl Culture, The Culture of the 21st Century Woman. Photomonth, London
NATURE by Norfolk by Design (now Contemporary and Country) selected work, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
2016

‘LensCulture Portrait Photographer’ -Top rated entries of 2016
2015

‘AOP Finalist.’ Prestigious World Photography Competition and Exhibition.
2012

‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ - The Tabernacle, Notting Hill
2011-14

‘Hawthorn Boys’ Young Offenders’ Youth Centre, Toulouse, SW France.
2011 ‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ Queen of Hungary, North Norfolk
2008

‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ Upper St Giles, Gallery, Norwich
2007

‘Masters Degree show’ University of the Arts, LCC, ‘La Viande Gallery’ London
2006

‘Circus Raluy’ touring exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
2005

Barcelona Chicas, Iquapop Gallery, BCN, Spain
2000

Before Birth, The Wellcome Trust, 2ten Gallery, London
1999

New Life Fellowship, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Maternity unit
1998

Art as Theatre. The Tate in East Anglia. Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk
Elvis Impersonators, Demontfort University, Lincoln
1995

Russia’s Hidden Cross, Moscow & Ukraine. Focal Point, Southend on Sea
1994

Jeshi La Wokuvu, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. Norwich Arts Centre