CJ is an award winning film director, photographer and producer.
His film ‘Cody’s Story’ won the inaugural BJP/Canon Open Shutter award. He also wrote and directed ‘It Shouldn’t Happen Here’ a short film Save the Children’s UK poverty campaign.
He is producer of ‘Blood Speaks’ a transmedia project created by artist Poulomi Basu investigating normalised violence against women.
He is the author of Magic Party Place which was short listed for the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award 2016, Arles Authors Book Award 2017 and Photo Espana Book of the Year 2017.
Completed over the course of ten years, Magic Party Place documents contemporary England, through the new town of Basildon.
He is currently creating a multi-screen and projection installation of Magic Party Place, to premier in Rich Mix, London in April 2019. Early, iterations of the installation were shown at the FORMAT Photography Festival and at the Beirut Arts Centre as part of the 2017 Sharjah Biennial.
In parallel to Magic Party Place, CJ has been working on the project Loyalists about contemporary Northern Ireland, part of which was exhibited at the Belfast Exposed Gallery.
He is co-founder and director of Just Another Photo Festival, a guerrilla festival that democratizes visual media by taking photography to the people and forging new audiences in India. JM Colberg said it “brings photography back to what the medium does best. It brings it back to the photographs themselves, and these photographs are shown to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them.”
Along with artist and activist Poulomi Basu he foundered JAPC a media company to explore new modes of storytelling and mass communication.
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