Studio 1854 is the visual content agency of British Journal of Photography, the longest running photography title in the world. Drawing on our global community of creatives, we create stories for brands through photography, film and journalism. In tandem, we offer paid opportunities for photographers to produce new and creatively challenging work.

The current media landscape is diverse and fast-paced yet our attention spans are becoming increasingly limited. For a brand to be heard, it must create something different.

Studio 1854 works with photographers across the world to create narrative-led projects that provoke and inspire. By exploring themes that are culturally and socially relevant, we produce work that people want to engage with.

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Studio 1854 speaks directly to thousands of photographers and filmmakers all over the world. With our bespoke commissioning platform – 1854 Commissions – we are uniquely positioned to handpick practitioners best suited to a client and its objectives.

Sitting alongside British Journal of Photography and 1854 Awards, we also have a unique knowledge of, and relationship with, photographers breaking into the industry. British Journal of Photography showcases the brightest new talent; Studio 1854 creates paid opportunities for them to produce new work and develop their careers.

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Our in-house team produces photography-led integrated campaigns, managing projects from conception to completion. Through combining creative direction, strategy and content production, we enable brands to reach new audiences at scale.

Project Management | Campaign Strategy | Social Media | Creative Direction | Journalism | Film | PR | Exhibition Curation | Event Programming

1854 Media

Studio 1854 is part of 1854 Media, an award-winning media and visual arts organisation with a focus on contemporary photography. 1854 Media has three main strands: British Journal of Photography, 1854 Awards and Studio 1854. Across these platforms we reach more than 100 million people each year.


British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography is the longest-running photography title in the world. The monthly magazine celebrates photographers who are reinventing the medium and how it shapes the way we see the world. From long-form features to the daily editorial published on BJP-Online, British Journal of Photography explores the work of artists freed from the conventions and ideologies that held back their predecessors. 

Its annual Ones To Watch highlights the world’s most promising emerging photographers. Selected from more than 500 nominations, made by a global panel of experts, the Ones To Watch issue profiles each artist with a dedicated interview, along with comments from those that put them forward.

1854 Awards

1854 Media’s internationally renowned awards programme aims to discover and promote the work of emerging photographers across the world. Each award is judged by an independent panel of industry leaders comprising photographers, curators, picture editors, festival directors and educators.

Recent judges include Fariba Farshad, founding director of Photo London; Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at the Guardian; Vignes Balasingam, Founder and Director of OBSCURA Festival of Photography; and Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker.


Portrait of Britain is an award-winning photography exhibition showcased annually across the UK to an audience exceeding 10 million. The public exhibition – displayed on JCDecaux’s network of digital advertising screens – captures the many faces of modern Britain and celebrates diversity by elevating everyday people to the status of public art.


Portrait of Humanity, a collaboration between 1854 Awards and Magnum Photos, invites photographers from all over the world to submit images that respond to the concept that “There is more that unites us than sets us apart.”

Throughout 2019 and early 2020, Portrait of Humanity will be exhibited to the public across five continents as a major touring exhibition and a global media partnership with outdoor advertising group Clear Channel. Reaching an audience estimated to exceed 50m, Portrait of Humanity will be a global exhibition of unprecedented scale.

Now in its 15th year, the International Photography Award is one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photography. Past winners include Juno Calypso, Chloe Dewe Mathews and Daniel Castro Garcia.

Gender imbalance is a major issue in the photography industry. 85% of photography students are women, yet only 15% of professional photographers are women. In response, Female in Focus looks to support a new generation of female photographers.

OpenWalls Arles creates opportunities for emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in galleries and art fairs around the world. Finalists of the inaugural award will see their work exhibited at Galerie Huit Arles during the 50th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles.

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