"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
The Art of Roller Skating. TBC
Postcards from Great Britain, Shutterhub, pop-up show, touring across Europe
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
Time to Think, selected work, Festival Pil’Ours, France
209 Women, Exhibition & Book, Palace of Westminster and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Norfolk by Design, (now Contemporary and Country) selected work, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
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
‘LensCulture Portrait Photographer’ -Top rated entries of 2016
‘AOP Finalist.’ Prestigious World Photography Competition and Exhibition.
‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ - The Tabernacle, Notting Hill
‘Hawthorn Boys’ Young Offenders’ Youth Centre, Toulouse, SW France.
2011 ‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ Queen of Hungary, North Norfolk
‘The Boudoir of the Burlesque Performer’ Upper St Giles, Gallery, Norwich
‘Masters Degree show’ University of the Arts, LCC, ‘La Viande Gallery’ London
‘Circus Raluy’ touring exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Chicas, Iquapop Gallery, BCN, Spain
Before Birth, The Wellcome Trust, 2ten Gallery, London
New Life Fellowship, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Maternity unit
Art as Theatre. The Tate in East Anglia. Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk
Elvis Impersonators, Demontfort University, Lincoln
Russia’s Hidden Cross, Moscow & Ukraine. Focal Point, Southend on Sea
Jeshi La Wokuvu, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. Norwich Arts Centre