Crossing Paths: Five years, 150 towns, 1,500 British portraits

The Cut, Waterloo, South London - November 2013 Image copyright Niall McDiarmid

Niall McDiarmid has been photographing the people of Britain for five years now, though with the recent Brexit vote his work seems to have been given an extra edge. The work is far from political, but it's a real snapshot of a nation, with beautiful aesthetics thrown in. Here, McDiarmid speaks about the work.

The project began in early 2011, with a view to simply photographing interesting people I met on the street. After a couple of months, however, I started to focus on building a body of portraits that would be a celebration of British diversity, a social document of modern Britain.

I actively sought out people from different backgrounds and different ethnicities, often wearing attire that set them apart.

Image copyright Niall McDiarmid
Image caption Tenby Street North, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham - December 2015

In each of us, there is a curiosity about the places we live, our cultural backgrounds, the clothes we wear, our family ties - ultimately our collective identity.

Visually, in film or photography, Britain has often been portrayed in subdued, monotone colours. This may partly have something to do with the weather, or maybe it's just traditional preconceptions coming into play.

Image copyright Niall McDiarmid
Image caption Dunraven Street, Tonypandy - May 2014

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'A magical and unexplored place'

Trees at Castell Coch Image copyright Jon Pountney

Photographer Jon Pountney has been exploring the woodland around Castell Coch in south Wales while working as Cadw's artist in residence ahead of an exhibition.

The show is the culmination of three months work in a variety of lens-based art media and will include a large zoetrope inside the courtyard, as well as a camera obscura inside a caravan pitched on the green.

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Through The Night - the passion of motorsport

Spa 6 Hours classic motor racing Image copyright Lara Platman

Lara Platman has been photographing motorsport for many years, capturing both the beauty of the machine, their power, the fans and the people who sit behind the wheel.

Her latest project focuses on the endurance races, the 24-hour slog through Le Mans, the Spa Six Hours and the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique amongst others.

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Double exposure: Lost moments recaptured

Sunderland, England, 1973 / York, England, 2016 Image copyright Sarah Amy Fishlock

I have long been an admirer of the sensitive work by Sarah Amy Fishlock, and her latest series is no exception. Beloved Curve is an intensely personal piece, revolving around the death of her father, Michael, more than 10 years ago, when she was 18. Here, Sarah speaks about the pictures.

My father's absence has often felt like a protracted one-sided conversation.

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Hammers fans say farewell to Upton Park

West Ham flags at Upton Park Image copyright Marcus Drinkwater

A number of Premier League teams have now moved from a stadium that had been their home for many decades, and West Ham United played their last game at the Boleyn Ground, often referred to as at Upton Park, at the end of last season.

The club's first game at their new home, the Olympic Stadium, in Stratford, east London, is the second leg of their Europa League qualifying third-round tie against NK Domzale on 4 August.

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A City of dust

Monument, 2015 Image copyright Lewis Bush

In time, everything crumbles to dust. No matter how immovable an object might appear, the decay is at work from the word go. It seems to me that this is one reason a photograph holds such power, the illusion it gives of control and preservation.

A City of Dust by Lewis Bush taps into this ongoing decay as he explores London's streets, looking for signs of that never-ending transformation, whether through wear or redevelopment. New layers standing on the foundations of the old.

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A landscape shaped by steel

Port Talbot Image copyright © Tom Tapolczay

The UK steel industry is fighting for its survival and has been since Tata Steel announced in March that it was considering selling its UK steel business, putting thousands of jobs at risk. Photographer Tom Tapolczay decided to investigate.

Tapolczay took an oblique view of the subject, concentrating his lens on the landscape around what he sees as the most influential steelworks from the past 50 years.

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Taking pictures on a good day

Summer Days Staten Island by Christine Osinski Image copyright Summer Days Staten Island by Christine Osinski

The role of photography has changed in recent years and, given the amount published daily to the web, you might begin to think you'd seen everything worth looking at - especially images from the past.

However, it seems that is not so as new collections of pictures continue to emerge.

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British life through the eyes of Colin Jones

Catholic family after the bailiffs, The Cregan Derry, Northern Ireland, 1978 Image copyright Colin Jones / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Image caption Catholic family after the bailiffs, The Cregan Derry, Northern Ireland, 1978

Colin Jones's life could have been very different. He was a dancer with the Royal Ballet when he picked up a camera while on tour in Japan and began to record his colleagues' performances.

His eye for a picture brought him to the attention of one of the great photojournalists of the 1950s and 60s, Hungarian emigre Michael Peto. And with his help and guidance, Jones stepped off the stage and behind the lens.

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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?"

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