The eye behind the lens

England Uncensored by Peter Dench Image copyright Peter Dench

Photography is a visual medium that connects the viewer with the subject through the eyes of the photographer and that magic black box.

It's unique in many ways, but the power the photographer wields in how the subject is represented should not be underestimated and is what makes the stories of those behind the lens so fascinating.

Photographer Peter Dench, known for his powerful and humorous take on the human condition, has recently published a collection of interviews he has conducted with a number of leading photographers.

Delving behind the camera to see what makes them tick, Dench reveals how they have made an impact on the photographic world.

"All of the photographers featured have shaped me in some way; sometimes professionally, more often personally," said Dench.

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Identical spaces shaped by residents

Victoria in her flat Image copyright Victoria Birkinshaw

A few years ago photographer Victoria Birkinshaw moved into a flat in south-east London as part of a property guardianship scheme, where residents pay below market rates to stay in a vacant building, providing the owner with income and keeping out squatters, but on short-term notice to leave.

While there, she came upon the idea of exploring how the building's temporary residents had each shaped their own space to suit them, photographing the way each one had dressed the identical space.

Image copyright Victoria Birkinshaw

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Hammering down a stadium and community

Dressing room Image copyright Marcus Drinkwater

Last year I ran work by lifelong West Ham fan Marcus Drinkwater who had been documenting the final year of the football club's time at the ground they called home for 112 years - Upton Park.

West Ham now play their football at the Olympic Stadium, in Stratford, east London, but Drinkwater has continued to record both the demolition of the old stadium and the businesses that remain in the surrounding area, this time in black and white.

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All aboard the Portland bus

Photographer Geoffrey Hiller and writer Tom Vandel have spent the past year travelling on the number 75 bus in Portland, Oregon, stopping off along the way to explore and capture parts of the town usually only glimpsed thorough the window.

The route runs for nearly 20 miles and comprises 131 stops, from upper St Johns to downtown Milwaukie.

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Powerful picture stories

Boy and a horse by Pascale Scherrer Image copyright Pascale Scherrer

Work by students on the MA photojournalism and documentary photography course at the London College of Communication - UAL goes on show this week, here's a selection of those that caught my eye.

Aletheia Casey

Image copyright Aletheia Casey

Following on from her project The Apology, Casey focuses on Tasmania, where she explores "the notion of deliberate historical forgetting throughout Australian history".

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Multiple exposures from Donald Trump's campaign trail

Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 2016 Image copyright Sarah Palmer

The presidential election in the US has of course produced a flood of images, many of them memorable.

From the confrontations between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the televised debates to supporters of each candidate making their voices heard.

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Will you tell my story? Irish Travellers' tales

From the series Irish Travellers by Heather Buckley Image copyright Heather Buckley

Photographer Heather Buckley has been documenting the lives of Irish Travellers around Limerick for the past two years, creating beautiful salt prints from some of the images.

The salt prints are on show at the Brighton Photo Fringe alongside large graphic images that are used as tiles on the walls. This is accompanied by audio interviews with the Irish Travellers, allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the experience.

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The Lithuanian Project

Image copyright Barry Fauk

Inspired by Henri Cartier Bresson's The Europeans, a group of photographers decided to head to Lithuania to explore what defines modern Europe.

Since Cartier-Bresson's work, the European Union has expanded and the single currency has been introduced, yet the continent is currently going through turbulent times.

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The 'new skin' of motherhood

Tricycle Image copyright Alamy

With the birth of a child there is always that urge to grab a camera and capture every moment.

The days may seem to go on forever as you struggle to grab a moment's peace when your newborn is asleep, but we all know each phase of development only lasts a short while.

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The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest

Clementine Schneidermann's photographs of Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, have won her this year's Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award.

Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann

Schneidermann moved to the Welsh town, having completed her photographic studies at the University of South Wales, in Newport.

Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann

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