My First Dream is the project by Italian photographer Diego Brambilla which first drew our attention to him. His blur of distinction between the real and the impossible, the imagined and constructed, plays out with cinematographic results. 

Work by Diego Brambilla

Diego Brambilla nominated artist Jonny Briggs

The first time I heard about Jonny Briggs, was in a lecture at LCC (London College of Communication) when I was an MA student in photography (not a long time ago actually). I was late and when I entered the theatre I came across a picture of a man in the woods wearing a pink prosthetic head mask. My immediate response was really positive: “someone who combines photography and conceptual thinking in an intriguing and very appealing way.” During that period, I was struggling with my project, challenging myself outside my comfort zone. As a result, I had started questioning photography and my place in it.  

His lecture encouraged me to trust myself, even when an idea seems strange and nobody seems to find it interesting. He made a picture of an entire sculpture made with excrement. I kind of love it.

Listening to Jonny’s lecture, I realised that it wasn’t just a single picture that drew my attention. His exceptional practice inspired me regarding the staging aspect of photography. I was fascinated by his attitude to use the cartoonesque and the performative, but in a simple way, often using his parents or himself as actors. His lecture encouraged me to trust myself, even when an idea seems strange and nobody seems to find it interesting. He made a picture of an entire sculpture made with excrement. I kind of love it.  

Work by Jonny Briggs: