Jocelyn Bain Hogg began his career as a unit photographer on movie sets after studying Documentary Photography at Newport Art College. He shot publicity for the BBC, photographed fashion and now works on documentary projects and commercial and editorial assignments. His editorial work features in Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, Style.com, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Lui, Marie Claire, Stern, GQ, Esquire, Le Monde, Cahiers du Cinema, L’Espresso and La Repubblica amongst others and he has photographed commercially for many clients including Ibiza Rocks, The Kaiser Chiefs, Nokia, Sony, Ikea, Vodafone, O’Neill’s, English Heritage, Adidas, The Post Office, and Mulberry.
He is the author of five photographic books to date and his first, The Firm, presented an astonishingly intimate view of London’s organised crime world, and won international acclaim, garnering the prestigious Lead Award for portraiture (2003 Germany). The Firm has been exhibited internationally since 2001, most recently at the Pobeda Gallery in Moscow where a TV documentary about him was aired on Russian television for the Stories in Details Arts series.
His second book, Idols + Believers, an intensive journey into the nature of fame and today’s celebrity culture, was published in 2006 with a touring exhibition shown in London, Paris, New York and Miami.
A third book, Pleasure Island, looking at the pursuit of pleasure, rock and roll and dance culture in Ibiza, was published in 2008 with an exhibition at The Printspace in London in 2008 and remains on the walls in the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the home of the Ibiza Rocks Festival.
The Family, a ten-year-on update from The Firm, which looks again at Britain’s organized crime world in a new decade and was premiered as an exhibition at the Visa Pour L'Image festival in Perpignan, France in September 2011, is touring globally as an exhibition with the accompanying photographic book, which was published by Foto8 in December 2011.
The most recent book, A British Entertainment, which looks at the British class system at both public and private events throughout today’s ‘Season’, was released in May 2012. This was commissioned and published by shirt company Thomas Pink and was photographed throughout a year from March 2011 to March 2012.
In February 2013, he was invited onto the jury of the World Press.
In 2008 he was commissioned by Sky News to document the issues surrounding British youth for an extensive essay for Sky News Online and an exhibition at City Hall in London. He is presently continuing this work for Sea Change, a major project started in 2013 documenting youth across Europe, involving an international roster of photographers for which he is photo-director. His responsibilities include commissioning and editing the work of these photographers for books and accompanying exhibitions, initially comprising the first 13 countries to be photographed. This first stage of Sea Change was launched at a major seminar at Litteraturhusset in Oslo in January 2015, where the launch was seminal in initiating a week long series of discussions about the future of Europe culminating with a photographic workshop involving high school students from Oslo. The first Sea Change book, comprising of photographic essays from the initial 13 countries wasalso launched during this seminar. The project continues and the show is set to tour throughout 2015/2016 across Europe.
An ongoing project Muse (photographed over the last fifteen years) is a series of close-up photographs of friends, family and partners, which depicts an honest, intimate and personal insight into femininity. The work explores beauty and female emotion in an unvarnished and un-retouched manner, challenging the 21st Century ethos of cosmetic enhancement and airbrushed magazine perfection. Muse has so far been exhibited at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales and at Fotopub in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
In addition to the continuing British Youth series, he is working on an innovative book project about the city of his birth London, Tired of London, Tired of Life. A collaboration between two artists of different creative disciplines, his photographs collude with artist Paul Davis’ drawings. The project is due for publication in 2016. Currently he is working on a project in London’s Soho provisionally entitled ‘Last Orders’.
He was a juror on the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards and is a visiting lecturer at the UAL LCC MA photojournalism and documentary photography course in London.
He is a member of the VII Photo Agency.