Jason AshwoodJason Ashwood


Telephone:+44 7538 078403
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Studio location: Beckenham, Kent, UK

I am a London based photographer and writer with a particular interest in portraiture and the study of people. 

My work has been as diverse as working with some of the world’s great ballet dancers and senior business people to emerging child actors and survivors of abuse and poverty. Five of my portraits feature in the National Portrait Gallery in London, and their book ‘100 Pioneering Women’.

I balance my time between working for clients and undertaking personal projects which I want to bring to the world’s attention. Corporate artwork projects, landscapes and events also form part of my skill set. Please see my Projects Page for details.

Face of Defiance 2014-2017

A portrait study of survivors of female genital mutilation in the UK, USA and Senegal which sought to change the narrative about how survivors were portrayed. Undertaken with Dr Leyla Hussein OBE, the project was exhibited in Washington DC, New York, London and Senegal and featured on TV and various media. 

Shadow Aspect 2017-2019

A memoir and photographic study of one of the great dramatic artists, the Royal Ballet’s former principal dancer Mara Galeazzi OMRI. Shadow Aspect provides a unique insight into her journey and her life behind the stage. Two of my portraits of Mara were recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.

Miami City Ballet 2018 - ongoing

This forms two developing projects. The first is a memoir about the life of principal dancer Rainer Krenstetter who won, amongst others, the coveted Prix De Lausanne as a teenager and went on to become a principal dancer at the Berlin Staatsballett and the Miami City Ballet. Throughout his prolific career, Rainer has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical repertoire. The second aspect is a wider, ongoing photographic study of Miami City Ballet’s senior dancers.

 Qualifications

 MSc Kings College, London

 Certified Adobe Associate in Design