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Jocelyn Bain Hogg began his career as a unit photographer on movie sets after studying Documentary Photography at Newport Art College.  He shot publicity for the BBC, photographed fashion and now works on documentary projects and commercial and editorial assignments.   His editorial work features in Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Stern, GQ, Esquire, Max, Le Monde, Cahiers du Cinema, L’Espresso and La Repubblica and he has photographed commercially for many clients including Ibiza Rocks, The Kaiser Chiefs, Nokia, Sony, Ikea,, Vodafone, O’Neills, English Heritage, Adidas, The Post Office, and Mulberry.

He is the author of four photographic books to date and his first, The Firm, presented an astonishingly intimate view of London’s organized crime world, and won international acclaim, garnering the prestigious Lead Award for portraiture (2003 Germany). The Firm has been exhibited internationally since 2001, most recently at the Pobeda Gallery in Moscow where a TV documentary about him was aired on Russian television for the Stories in Details Arts series.


His second book, Idols + Believers, an intensive journey into the nature of fame and today’s celebrity culture, was published in 2006 with a touring exhibition shown in London, Paris, New York and Miami.

A third book, Pleasure Island, looking at the pursuit of pleasure, rock and roll and dance culture in Ibiza, was published in 2008 with an exhibition at The Printspace in London in 2008 and remains on the walls in the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the home of the Ibiza Rocks Festival.

Currently The Family, a ten-year-on update from The Firm, which looks again at Britain’s organized crime world in a new decade and was premiered as an exhibition at the Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France in September 2011, is touring globally as an exhibition with the accompanying photographic book published by Foto8.

In 2008 he was commissioned by Sky News to document the issues surrounding British youth for an extensive essay for Sky News Online and an exhibition at City Hall in London. He is presently continuing this work.

His recent project Muse (photographed over the last ten years) is a series of close-up photographs of friends, family and partners, which depicts an honest, intimate and personal insight into femininity.  The work explores beauty and female emotion in an unvarnished and un-retouched manner, challenging the 21st Century ethos of cosmetic enhancement and air-brushed magazine perfection. Muse has so far been exhibited at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales and at Fotopub in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. It will be shown in London and New York in 2012.

In addition to the continuing British Youth series, he is working on a joint book project about London, Tired of London, Tired of Life, with artist Paul Davis and designer Henrietta Molinaro due for publication by Emphasis in Summer 2012.

An imminent book about the British at play, A British Entertainment, commissioned and published by British shirt company Thomas Pink and shot throughout 2011 is to be released in Spring 2012.



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Idols + Believers

The photographs by Bain Hogg in Idols + Believers capture a refreshing and intelligent [...]

A British Entertainment

When Thomas Pink asked me to photograph the 21st century season, I was circumspect. Recently at [...]

The Firm

The Firm is a searing photographic document of the British organized crime world, which [...]

Tired of London

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, [...]

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