The Desire Project: What do you want?

There are times when it is best to keep things simple, and that's just what Les Monaghan has done for The Desire Project.

Based in Doncaster, he simply asked a bunch of strangers: "What do you want?"

With support from the Arts Council England, the results have been put on display in the Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster.

"The project became led by the answers that subjects gave," says Monaghan.

"Political and societal changes have rendered us all as individual consumers, those portrayed have been photographed alone, but when exhibited they are grouped together and their desires for health, happiness and a better world coalesce.

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Bringing the silver screen to life

Amanda Ireland, Prince Charles Cinema, London Image copyright Richard Nicholson
Image caption Amanda Ireland, Prince Charles Cinema, London

At the start of the decade, many of Britain's cinemas made the switch from analogue projection to digital, changing forever the role of those inside the projection box, with many films now projected by a computer.

Photographer Richard Nicholson took a look inside that box, capturing those who have helped bring the silver screen to life.

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My mother's favourite flower: A life remembered

As her mobility declines Mum stays in her room more and more. Her windowsill becomes a substitute for the garden. Image copyright Celine Marchbank

Celine Marchbank is a documentary photographer whose latest work is very personal, and yet one that will resonate with many of us.

In 2009 Marchbank found out that her mother, Sue Miles, had cancer. Marchbank recalls that her mother was "amazingly optimistic" and reassuring about the outcome, but by by April the following year the cancer was confirmed as terminal.

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Immigration from a different angle

Person holding a picture of a man and a child with guitar Image copyright John Baucher
Image caption Slovakia to Northern Ireland

John Baucher has always approached his subject matter in new ways, and his latest series is no exception.

Baucher was asked to explore the theme of immigration as part of the Imagine Festival in Belfast, and so set about coming up with an idea that would open the viewer's mind to a new way of seeing.

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Newly discovered photographs by poet Edward Thomas

Nettlebridge Image copyright Edward Thomas / Little Toller Books

Edward Thomas is known for his poems written as World War One raged across Europe, including the bucolic and beguiling Adlestrop. Yet a recent discovery by photographer Rob Hudson has revealed a delightful set of photographs taken by Thomas on a 130-mile bicycle ride from London to the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The journey was made in 1913 and recorded in Thomas's book In Pursuit of Spring, considered by some his best work of prose. The journey was his way of reconnecting with the countryside following a period living in the capital.

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Halfway mark passed in 24-year photo project

Lubiana's new year Image copyright Yvonne de Rosa

Those of you who have followed my ramblings for some time will know that at this time of year I like to catch up with the 24 photography project, which involves 24 photographers capturing the first 24 hours of a new year for 24 years.

Each photographer is assigned an hour of the day in which to shoot their picture, wherever they are in the world. The original 24 photographers met while studying at Central Saint Martin's in London, though some have now left the group and been replaced by others.

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Solitude of Ravens

Erimo Cape, 1976 © Masahisa Fukase Archives Image copyright Erimo Cape, 1976 © Masahisa Fukase Archives

Masahisa Fukase's Solitude of Ravens is at first glance a tough set of pictures to look at. The stark black and white frames pull you into a filmic world of nightmares and never-ending gloom.

Yet stick with it, and though you will find the collection packs a powerful emotional punch, it also shows how a photograph can speak about far more than what it depicts.

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Lartigue's life in colour

Sylvia Empain, Juan-les-Pins, August 1961 Image copyright Jacques Henri Lartigue © Ministere de la Culture

Jacques Henri Lartigue has been described as the best known amateur in the history of photography.

Through his black-and-white photographs, he captured the world around him, primarily in his native France, and was one of a handful of photographers who helped define what is now called street photography.

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Glasgow-based artists' postcards from home

Postcard from Romania by Alexandra Badea Image copyright Alexandra Badea

A small bundle of postcards landed on my desk recently, comprising views from a number of countries.

The pictures were part of a project called Postcards from Home, run by Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, which features nine Glasgow-based artists' photographs of their homeland.

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Photo students get to the heart of the matter

In The Forest Of Things is the title of this year's final show by students on the MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism course at the London College of Communication.

The title is derived from a quote by Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuscinski, who called for the telling of authentic stories by being part of them and also to penetrate to the heart of the issue.

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