My series of images visits the world between four tombs. Artistic beacons of their eras, the lives of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Gertrude Stein span the 20th century from 1874 to 1971. Each sought solace in the Parisian community of their generation, away from stigma, exposure and estrangement. They now rest in Père Lachaise, their youth immortalized, revisited and refined. Taken over a period of 36 hours (during the Eyes in Progress workshop), the photographs explore life, death and the transcendence between.
Harriet is a documentary photographer and journalist based between London and New York. Her background is routed in international diplomacy and conflict resolution, having previously worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka and for the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Harriet is a qualified lawyer of England & Wales, and holds a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Currently undertaking an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, Harriet has been awarded a scholarship to attend Columbia University’s Journalism School in the Fall. In May this year, Harriet was selected as one of London’s ‘top emerging creatives’ as part of Xhibit 2015 – run by the University of the Arts. Her series of photographs on Sri Lanka was shortlisted for the Athens Photography Festival 2015. New to journalism and photography (she started shooting in July 2014), Harriet joined the Eyes in Progress workshop to develop her storytelling capabilities.