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    'My own musical epiphany came squelching across the green fields of England around the mid 1980s; the synthetic strings and stabs of Acid House pulled me taut…England was ecstatic, it’s youth gurned and grinned, loved and listened; the colours were bright and the atmosphere euphoric.'

    Reportage by Getty Images photographer Peter Dench follows the ceaseless beat of England’s music and clubs in his exhibition England Calling.

    "Whatever becomes of England, I’m pretty sure our quirkiness will remain," photographer Peter Dench tells Channel 4 News in the UK. In a video report, he examines English identity, from the seaside boozer to the flag-waving royal street party.

    See more of Peter’s photography on the Reportage website.

    See what happens when legendary photographer Don McCullin stops by Peter Dench's book signing. Get the book, England Uncensored, here.

    'England has never exactly been glamorous. Many of the English still insist on embarrassing themselves, wearing laughable clothing, eating terrible food and behaving inappropriately. Alcohol features prominently because, whether living it up at Henley Royal Regatta or at a hen's party in Blackpool, the nation's favourite legal high is never far away. Many attending England's festivals, country house events, sporting fixtures, jollies and jamborees look disappointed and confused, as if they cannot quite understand why they are not having the marvelous time they were expecting or think they deserve.'

    England Uncensored, a collection of photos by Peter Dench, pulls no punches in its exploration of the highs and lows of British life. The book is now available for direct purchase.

    Peter Dench’s Most Meaningful Photo

    For 25 years, the international photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image has been bringing together people who care deeply about the craft and its responsibility to give voice to the vulnerable and help the world see itself. In honor of this, our Reportage by Getty Images photojournalists took some time to talk about which of their images has had the most significant impact on them over their long and storied careers.

    Peter Dench: Bristol Car Crash

    I’m known for my more humorous photographs and believe humour can be an important tool in delivering a serious message. 

    However, sometimes photography shouldn’t be funny, clever or humorous. At times, it just has to document what is. 

    I was shooting a project on alcohol culture in the UK and had amassed a good number of strong, “laugh out loud” pictures. I was advised by my then-editor, that the work was good, but If I stepped out of my comfort zone, it would be better.

    A night on patrol with the Bristol medical rapid response ensued. It was a night of mixed feelings: I didn’t want to have wasted my time, and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. After various false alarms, at around 3 a.m., we arrived on the scene of an alcohol-related traffic accident.

    It was an uncomfortable and necessary experience in my photographic development. 

    It showed that if I could disarm the viewer with humour [through my other photos], and then include an image like this, the impact is tenfold. A successful sequence of photographs, for me, is to take the viewer through a range of emotions and allow them to engage with the issue being presented. Make them laugh, make them think, make the react and you have a story.

    See more work from Peter Dench’s project “England Uncensored” on the Reportage Web site. Peter’s new memoir “The Diary of a Sometime Working Pro,” published by the United Nations of Photography, is available here.

    Peter Dench, based in London, works primarily in the editorial, portraiture, video and advertising fields of image making. Read more about him here.

    The Future of Britain

    Reportage photographer Peter Dench is collaborating with the media agency OMD UK on a project they’re calling “The Future of Britain,” a visual record of modern British life. Over the next six months, he will be traversing the country to capture the behaviors and attitudes of a changing society. He hopes to build a visual archive of how people live; where they shop; where they vacation; and what concerns them most.

    UK residents have the chance to get directly involved: Peter is inviting suggestions to photograph in YOUR town, home, workspace, party, club, event or even join you on holiday for a day. If you have something interesting to share about living life in modern Britain, let him know. The Future of Britain is in Dench’s hands, let’s hope they’re a safe pair. You can contact him at or tweet to him @peterdench.

    Follow his progress on the OMD UK Web site, where he’s begun posting images on prom night, the new age of communication, and more:

    Peter’s keen observations of human nature, particularly of the quirky sort, were previously on display in his book “England Uncensored,” which was published last year. This month it was named one of the best photography books of 2012 in PDN Magazine’s Photo Annual.

    See more of Peter’s work on the Reportage Web site.

    (Photo by Peter Dench/Reportage by Getty Images)

    The Central European House of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia, will be exhibiting Peter Dench's “England Uncensored” from late April to late May. An opening reception is on April 24 at 6pm. Peter writes of his project:

    England Uncensored is a comprehensive portrait of the first decade of a 21st Century England. It is not an idealized brochure of a green pleasant land. It is the truth, warts and all.

    CAPTION: Women at the inaugural British sand polo event on Sandbanks beach. Sandbanks is a small dune on the south coast in the county of Dorset and one of the most expensive places to live on the planet. (Peter Dench/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Getty Images archive has posted some photos of Margaret Thatcher on the occasion of her death, including one by Reportage Photographer Tom Stoddart.


    British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher views photographers during a photo call in 1985. Photo by Tom Stoddart

    Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis leave the Grand Hotel in Brighton, after a bomb attack by the IRA, 12th October 1984. Photo by John Downing

    Margaret Thatcher attends an office opening on 27th October 1989. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

    Slideshow: Margaret Thatcher

    Peter Dench, chronicler of England’s least glamorous moments, is continuing his unfiltered take on British life. Dench’s in-progress project, The British Abroad, will premiere at the Photoreporter festival in October.

    Image from England Uncensored.

    New Feature: Made in England, by Mark Seager.

    'If you know how to make something, you understand everything about it. You appreciate its logic, its beauty, its meaning and its value. You can pass on these pleasures and benefits to future generations.'

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