Holly Houlton is a photographer and writer based in London, UK.
From April-October of 2021, she worked as a product photographer and content creator for the creative agency, Broody (sister company of Mother). Reporting to the creative team’s art directors and working alongside the marketing team, the job often involved switching between briefs for a variety of clients – the work produced can be see via the commercial page.
Houlton’s work mainly explores the subjects of people and place with a particular interest in the effects they have on one another in relation to experience and time. Using a personal approach, themes of intimacy, relationship and self-reflection are applied to interpret her surrounding environments. Specific attention to detail and light attempts to draw out the perhaps otherwise unseen and stimulate emotive contemplation.
Alongside her visual practice, she is a passionate writer on photography in both the journalistic and academic form. Houlton is a listed author at Professional Photo Magazine and regularly writes for and has been published by numerous other established magazines or platforms within the field.
Houlton has volunteered at Eastside Projects contemporary art gallery and the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art Festival. She has also assisted professional photographers such as; Ian Farrell and Phillip Waterman.
More recently, she completed a Social Media Internship at the video production agency – Unity & Motion and is currently being mentored by Christiane Monarchi, founder of Photomonitor; who is supporting and developing new projects.
During November of 2020, Houlton founded and launched Now Tell Me. A writing platform dedicated to giving freelance and emerging writers on photography the freedom to write self-directed content. The writers’ works will be peer reviewed and realised as a collective digital zine.
Her full CV and references can be available upon request.
For any enquiries or more information on her work, contact: email@example.com
Features and Commissions
First-class BA (Hons) Photography with International Enhancement at Coventry University
Communications at Universidad de Europea Madrid (UEM)
A1 Level Spanish
Photobookstore – photo book review online feature
The Wonder Forest Blog – article writing online feature
The Collective Mag - online feature
The Photographers’ Gallery – A Story Behind A Photograph online feature
The Photographers' Gallery - photo book review online feature
BBC Radio Suffolk – aired interview and online feature - Now Tell Me
BBC Radio Suffolk Upload Programme - live feature and interview
BBC Radio Suffolk Upload - online feature
The Liminal Voice - online feature
The Rising Womxn Zine - online feature
Ffoto Gallery Platform - Instagram Takeover
The Reservoir Project - Instagram Takeover
By.Platform - online feature
Landform – online feature
Between Spaces - Instagram Live Q&A/artist talk
Between Spaces – degree show publication print feature
Photograd - 1 of 10 Highly Commended Graduates online feature
Photograd – Limited Edition Postcard Pack print feature
Photograd – Guest Writer, article writing online features
Professional Photo Magazine – article writing (double page) Issue 178 print and digital feature
Professional Photo Magazine – article writing in Issue 172 digital download
Professional Photo Magazine – article writing online features
Loupe Magazine – copywriting
Loupe Magazine – article writing online features
Native Magazine – online feature
deCODE Magazine – online feature
Native Magazine Issue One – print/zine feature
Native Magazine Creative Guide Issue One – print/zine feature
Hashtag Photography Magazine – article writing online feature
Photography News - book review online feature
Marlowe Theatre – online feature
Professional Photo magazine – article writing (double page) Issue 137 print feature
2015 and 2017
Bury and West Suffolk Magazine – print features
Local Host Gallery - miniature exhibit (group)
Between Spaces – degree show online virtual exhibit, Artsteps (group)
Shot In Soho – Guest Speaker, The Photographers' Gallery, London (solo/group)
FotoClasse – Universidad de Europea Madrid, Madrid (group)
The Outsider – Bushwick Community Darkroom, Brookyln, New York (group)
LAHAD, Drapers, Coventry (group)
The Past, We Miss – Manson House residence home, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (solo)
Exposure – The CET building, Coventry (group)
Until The Third Bridge – The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry (solo)
Introducing C.U – Ellen Terry building, Coventry University, Coventry (group)
"Holly quickly got to grips with multiple briefs across several of Broody’s partners; shooting and editing assets independently, as well as working with us as a team on bigger shoots. It was a joy to work with her and to get to know her – both over Zoom when WFH and in person when the occasion allowed for it!"
– Alice and Joel, Creative Team at Broody
"I found Holly to be a very proactive contributor who was capable of coming up with ideas, adapting them and then following them through, to brief and on deadline. It was a pleasure to work with her and she clearly put a lot of time and effort into the commission we gave her."
— Terry Hope, Editor/Publisher, Professional Photo Magazine
"Holly recently helped provide copy for the Loupe magazine webshop. Her work involved summarising each Issue of the magazine into a short and engaging text. Holly was great to work with, completing each summary before the deadline given and responding well to feedback throughout. Holly has also contributed to the Loupe website, interviewing photographer JC Candanedo about his work in Catalonia, pursuing a line of questioning that provided increased insight into the project. We hope to be able to work with Holly again and wish her all the best as her career in this industry develops."
— Luke Archer, Editor/Publisher, Loupe Magazine