What does it feel like to be in the centre of a major demonstration? CONFLICTED: Faces of Protest takes readers right inside the action, from Gaza to G20 and beyond. Close-up shots of current protests reveal the emotion and danger of the moment. Portraits of demonstrators and police show the commitment and fear that is part of direct action.
Esper lives and works in London. His cinematic style is a direct result of his previous work as an illustrator, graphic designer, editor and scriptwriter. After leaving college, he studied scriptwriting and film making. This gave him his first insight on how to structure both visual and written narratives: “Photography is like film making but on a much more precise and defined scale. Instead of 90 minutes to tell a story, you have 1/250th of a second. It’s more spontaneous and more demanding. The medium asks a hard question of you: can you deliver a story in a single frame, complete with subtext and meaning? I like that challenge.” Esper is a member of the British Association of Journalists. Conflicted: Faces of Protest is his first book of photographs.