His most recent project was in collaboration with several writers and the United Nations Refugee Council: ‘No Stranger Place’, showing portraits of families from across Europe with the refugees they had taken into their homes, with their story alongside. It was fascinating to hear how these portraits were produced: Aubrey chose the setting in the home, the pose and even the position of the furniture to make the most of the available light. But first he spent time with the families and gained their trust and interest before working on getting the image he wanted. He described feeling that portraits are a bridge between him and the people he wants us to see. His whole approach was serious, concerned and contemplative and reminded us of the power documentary photography can have to provoke emotions and highlight social situations, natural disasters and the human condition.
We were also delighted to award the prestigious Tiger Trophy to two winners, to Ellen Whittle (and Keith Kavanagh, in his absence) for July and to Mark Johnston for August, plus certificates to Susi Luard for overall winner of the print competitions 2018 and to Paul Shelley for overall winner of the DPI category. Ben Altman's invaluable services with the laptop and projector were also recognised.