Luke Archer Photography

I have recently relocated from Bristol to Hertfordshire. Inheritance remains my current long-term project. In 2011 I was nominated for Black and White Magazines under 30’s Photographer of the Year. I was the joint winner of the 2011 South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited extensively in Bristol as part of the 2010 and 2012 Bristol Festival of Photography as well as the 2011 Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography. My portrait of the Marquess of Bath is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The book version of Inheritance was displayed at Ffotogallery’s Book Arts Fayre 2012. I joined the Vignette Magazine team in winter 2011 and I am now features editor.
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Finishing Inheritance

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Come  this September it will three years since I started Inheritance.

It seems strange that to get to this stage has taken so long, it was very easy to give the project my undivided attention whilst studying at university, since then other factor have slowed me, leading me  to photograph less frequently than I would like. The three year mark seems a good target for trying to complete the project.

The trouble is that  in some ways the project has no end. There were hundreds of families with hereditary titles who were photographed by the Bassano Studio throughout its long history. To photograph all of these families would take me my entire life!

Instead I plan to photograph only those hereditary peers who sit in the House of Lords, whose ancestors were photographed at the studio. This is an achieveable target and helps cement the project in the debate surrounding the role of these peers in modern politics.By my reckoning I have only another 10 invites to send , and 4 or 5 siitngs to arrange with peers who have already agreed to be photographed.

I hope by attaining this goal I can then focus on an output for project whilst also looking towards other ways of using the old camera, for I feel it has so much potential, it would be a shame to only use it in this project.