PRIMARY PAPER // by sophie green

Primary Paper magazine publish ‘Brides’. The Kalaidzhi is an orthodox Christian subgroup in Bulgaria’s Roma community. Annually the semi-nomadic people hold bridal markets to sell young women for marriage. The potential brides, usually aged between 14 and 17, parade encrusted ball gowns, curled hair and whitened faces. Whilst men wear thick jewellery and even grow their little fingernail long to signify wealth. The money paid for the bride goes towards a wedding and their future lives together. At the market, Girls and boys stand separately in groups observing each other and occasionally shaking hands and taking selfies together. The parents, acting as chaperones, spectate in the background, ready to approach anyone showing sincere interest in their daughter where they would then commence negotiations. Mothers and grandmothers dress in traditional Kalaidzhi long skirts and their long braids, partially covered by floral scarves, hang low against their backs. While the Kalaidzhi community’s approach to finding love may seem feudal in the western world, the bride market is a tradition that the Kalaidzhi are proud to celebrate, and is a defining aspect of their identity and culture.

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Congregation book with Loose Joints // by sophie green

I’m very excited to be publishing my second publication titled ‘Congregation’ with Loose Joints - a 2 year work in progress, the book presents Southwark’s Aladura Spiritualist African churches and congregations.

‘Congregation’ will be launched on Thursday 25th April at Hannah Barry Gallery in London, 6:30-9pm.

Hardcover with embossed silk cover, edition of 700, 106 pages, 17.5 x 22.5 cm, £27.00. The book is available on preorder, you can register your interest on the Loose Joints website now; http://www.loosejoints.biz/projects/publishing/congregation/

CONGREGATION BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION // by sophie green

Come join Loose Joints and myself for the launch of my book, ‘Congregation’ on 25th April at Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 6:30-9:30pm alongside an exhibition and book signing. There will also be booze and holy water. All welcome :)

Red Love for Hot Hot Hot Magazine // by sophie green

Hot Hot Hot magazine publish a series of portraits taken at a red hair festival called 'Red Love' - an event dedicated to redheads, giving individuals of the rare hair color honorable recognition for which they often face unfair ridicule. Taken in collaboration with stylist, Adam Winder.

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DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN // by sophie green

Commission for Department for Education via M&C Saatchi to document apprentices around the UK. The national campaign demonstrates a dynamic cast who are representing and playing out the most exciting and fulfilling apprenticeship roles available right now. The campaign seeks to fire up the imaginations of Britain’s school leavers to enroll in the Government’s new apprenticeship initiative. 

Airbnb // by sophie green

I went to Iceland to photograph Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir a director and writer from Reykjavik - together we explored her favourite places in Reykjavik for Airbnb magazine.