After working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa Jillian Edelstein moved to London and established herself as an outstanding and versatile portrait photographer. Between 1996 and 2002 she returned frequently to South Africa to document the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, producing a unique and powerful series of portraits and a seminal book. Recent major commissions include the National Portrait Gallery Road to London 2012 and a national campaign for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Jillian mixed her collaborative methodology and the elegance and style of her studio work for SIXTEEN. She set up a studio in the empty classroom of a sixth form college in Hull, inviting students to have their portraits made and write down their ambitions, fears, hopes and dreams – as well as their favourite songs. ‘These songs tell their stories’ she said.