Roger Hutchings is an internationally-recognised documentary photographer, and is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication.
Roger has photographed a diverse contemporary world since the 1980s. His passion has remained a desire to tell stories about the ordinary man – people caught up in circumstances beyond their control.
Three bodies of Roger’s work have attracted critical acclaim: ‘Thatcher's Britain’, a long-term social documentary about the United Kingdom, ‘Bosnia’, a 6-year reportage on aspects of the civil war in former Yugoslavia, and ‘Ataturk's Children’, which examines the Turkish Kurds' struggle for self-determination. An award-winning reportage about the fashion industry led to a 7-year collaboration with the fashion designer Giorgio Armani in Italy, China and Japan providing material for two books.
Roger has produced sensitive documentary projects for public institutions and charities, notably ‘Aspects of Cancer’ for The NHS King’s Trust, as well as campaigns for MacMillan Cancer Trust. In 2004 he was commissioned by Aids Alliance to photograph for the Positive Lives Series “Living with HIV – Poland”.
His work has been internationally-exhibited, as well as appearing in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including the likes of the Guardian, Marie Claire, the New Yorker, and Vogue, and has been exhibited at international galleries in Milan, New York, Warsaw, Rome and more. He has published 8 books and has significant book and catalogue entries.
Roger’s reportage from former Yugoslavia was used by the film director Milcho Manchevski in his powerful drama ‘Before The Rain’ to represent the images of a war photographer in the Balkans. He has broadcast about photography, taught, and judged important photography competitions. He was a mentor for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class and Chairman of the World Press Photo Jury and British Press Photographers' Awards.
In 2005 Roger was profiled in the BBC television series A Digital Picture of Britain, which explored how an artist's origins inform their work. His accolades include the World Press Photo Award for People in The News, The Amnesty International Award for Photojournalism, The Nikon Arts Photographer of The Year, The Nikon News Photographer of The Year, The City of Prague Award for Humanitarian Photography, finalist in The Infinity Awards at The International Centre of Photography and Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents and The Media Natura Award for reporting in the Developing World.
More recently, Roger’s interests have diverged from his earlier concerns concentrating on abstracted colour studies.
He has taught at LCC on the BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course since 2009.