The Cracker is a series of portraits of teenagers living in Tipton. As a starting point, Laura was introduced to them by Sandwell Youth Services and then continued to return over a period of one year as she was drawn to this area for its tight knit community. Through her photographs, she aims to explore the friendships, the unique language and tradition of the area and the characters that, “for me, should not be lost or ignored”.
The resulting portraits will be published in a magazine for the participants and presented as an outdoor screening at a special event with food and music in collaboration with Sandwell Youth Service.
Laura Pannack is a London-based, award-winning photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary artwork, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. Pannack’s work has been extensively exhibited and published worldwide, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, The Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament.
Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible. Perceiving ‘time, trust and understanding’ to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years.