Roger Hutchings is an award-winning British documentary photographer who studied at Newport School of Art in Wales mentored by the Magnum photographer David Hurn. Thereafter he worked with the London Observer Newspaper as a roving photojournalist covering British and World affairs. Subsequently he joined the photographic agency Network Photographers undertaking assignments for many of the World's leading news magazines. Between commissions he concentrated on personal documentary work producing books and exhibitions for an international audience. Three significant pieces of reportage have received critical acclaim. Thatcher's Britain, a long-term social documentary report about Britain; Bosnia, surviving the civil war in Former-Yugoslavia and Ataturk's Children, pictures examining the relationship between the Turkish State and its Kurdish minority.
In 1996 switching tack after years as a photo-reporter, concerned with news and social issues, Hutchings started looking at creative trends in the fashion industry whose young designers were part of the growing cultural phenomena that became Cool Britannia. The pictures won the Nikon Arts’ Photographer of The Year Award in 1997 and attracted interest from the fashion industry that later led to a collaboration with Giorgio Armani resulting in two books, Backstage and Armani in China pointedly signaling withdrawal from traditional social documentary photography.
From this time Hutchings’ aesthetic concerns steered him towards colour imagery evoking inner contemplation although in these images consistent undertones of geometry and intensity can still be detected, despite changing motives, influences and audiences.
According to his former editor at Network Photographers “…… as Hutchings has developed as a photographer his vision has matured in his more recent colour work. There is a surprising coherence between the event-driven imagery of his work for news media and the more recent abstracted colour studies made as self-assigned reveries. All the imagery demonstrates the photographers' curiosity in the human world, exploring relationships between the people and their environments. These scattered glimpses of individual lives and fragmented studies of colour, place and experience weave together as one coherent overview of the world and our place in it" (Stephen Mayes, No Heroes, 2003)
In 2009 he became the Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication soon taking up the role of Course Director. He continued teaching until 2018, deciding to step down, to once again concentrate on his own photography.
Throughout his long career Hutchings has contributed to the wider photographic community as Chairman for the World Press Photo Jury, Chair of The British Press Photographer’s Awards and with talks and broadcasts about photography, photojournalism and ethics.
In 2005 he was profiled in the BBC television series A Digital Picture of Britain a programme that examined how an artist's geographical roots influence their work and explored the importance of new technology in contemporary photography.
Most recently he presented Zeitline a body of work reflecting on the incremental development of a photographer’s evolving vision. [ April 2017, Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication ]
1998 Nikon Arts Photographer of The Year
1996 News Photographer of The Year
1995 Finalist Bayeux Award For War Reporting
1994 Media Natura Award for reporting the Developing World
1994 World Press Winner People in The News
1994 Amnesty International Award for Photojournalism
1994 Finalist POY Canon Photo Essay Award
1994 Finalist Infinity Awards International Centre For Photography New York
1994 City of Prague Award for Humanitarian Photography
1992 Nikon News Photographer of The year
1991 Nikon Photo Essay of The Year
1988 National Union of Journalist's Press Photographer of The Year