The people in these beautiful portraits by East London photographer Leon Foggitt have two things in common: they're all self-taught artists and they've all survived a brain injury.
They're part of Submit to Love Studios, a creative collective based in Hackney, which has spent over a decade refining and crafting their artistic practices and interests. Leon first approached them in 2016 after reading about their work in the press. After connecting with the studio, he went on to photograph its members for a portrait series, The Artists.
Here we share some of those images, which were going to be part of an exhibition, Common Threads, at Autograph this month. But unfortunately, Covid-19 has postponed the event until the Shoreditch gallery reopens.
Leon's photographs were chosen for the exhibition not only because they are "sensitive portraits", but they also "make visible artists who are frequently overlooked" in galleries and art spaces. "They help to broaden the picture of who is an artist," says Autograph.
Based in London, Leon Foggitt is a commercial and editorial photographer working for a range of publications, such as Monocle, Men's Health, and Another Escape, and clients such as Samsung, Everyman Cinema, San Miguel, BBH London, and Marks and Spencer.