John Bolloten is a documentary photographer based in Bradford, UK.

John has published six books to date: "Bradford Street" (2014); "Belgrade" (2015); "Shabash" (2016), "Nothing To See Here" (2017), "Field of Broken Dreams" (2018) amd "Love Story" (2019).

Praise for his "Nothing To See Here" book includes "Britain photographed at it’s most brutal and bleak; it’s Bradford and uniquely Bolloten." (Peter Dench); "Wow! Recommended." (Boogie); "Great book. I wish you all the best and that the fucking establishment isn't ignoring you. They try to let you starve until you give up. And when you're dead or dying they discover you." (Miron Zownir); "Beautiful images from the front lines. You are a brave and noble man with vision and skill. Keep up the good work." (Scot Sothern); "It’s amazing. Certainly harrowing but a very important work. It’s stuff that needs to be seen more and more." (Derek Ridgers); "It's a hell of a book. Very strong, very powerful work. John's the real deal." (Jim Mortram); "Gnarly! Great stuff!" (Ricky Adam); "Serious Reportage" (Kaushal Parikh); "These photos will smack you in the face with reality. Brutally honest, his subjects hold nothing back for his lens. It’s an achievement how comfortable he makes them feel to give him such an honest expression. John gives us access to a grim world." (Japan Camera Hunter).

John's next book, Gladiators, focuses on the cockfighting scene in Manila and will be published in spring 2020 by Fistful of Books.

John's current on-going projects include Generation Grime (an in-depth study of the northen grime scene) and an exploration into the world of British battle rap.


Bradford Raw (Bradford University) 2011
Nothing To See Here (Photo North Festival, Harrogate) 2018
Nothing To See Here (York Has Class, York) 2018
Nothing To See Here/Love Story (Hull International Photo Festival) 2019
Love Story (Photo North Festival, Harrogate) 2019
Still Somebody (Homelessness Awareness Week, Belfast) 2019

John's photos have been published widely and his work has featured on book, CD and record covers.

All images are available to buy as prints, please contact John for details.

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