Although year one (52 by 52) and two (26 by 26) of the project have come to an end we began year three (12 by 12) on the 5th March 2015. To find out more and to become involved in the community please visit the website.

Over fifty-two weeks a selection of the world’s leading contemporary photographers created challenges for members of an online community. The 52 by 52 project aimed to stretch its members creatively, encouraging experimentation in terms of approach as well as aesthetics.

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Members' Book

52 by 52 Members’ Book

The 52 by 52 Members’ Book is now available free both as a PDF or eBook. A printed version of the book is also available to purchase in softback and hardback formats.

It aims to showcase a small selection of the 1300+ images submitted to the project and tries to give a flavour of the diverse work created in a plethora of styles and formats.
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Beauty’s Nothing. Show me your take on this.
— Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander  |  Read more

Flip the script.
— Josh Cole

Josh Cole  |  Read more

Bend it, break it, bin it.
— Palmer + Pawel

Palmer + Pawel   |  Read more

Movement in still images is a paradox. Combine movement and stillness in a single photograph.
— Bertil Nilsson

Bertil Nilsson  |  Read more

Take a photograph of an event. Focus on putting it in the context of the landscape and those watching.
— Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts  |  Read more

The world is forever changing; a rock spinning through space. The land we think we own is only borrowed. What stands today will be taken back over time. Photograph impermanence.
— Mitch Dobrowner

Mitch Dobrowner  |  Read more

Shoot your subjects from behind.
— Irina Werning

Irina Werning  |  Read more

Try to see geometrically. Imagine that everything we see hides shapes, lines, circles, squares, triangles, spots…
— Gustavo Jononovich

Gustavo Jononovich  |  Read more

Take a photograph of yourself, from behind the camera.
— Kate Peters

Kate Peters  |  Read more

Make an image of unsustainability.
— Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky  |  Read more

A portrait is to be given never taken… Use this as your guide and give a street portrait of a complete stranger.
— Steve Pyke

Steve Pyke  |  Read more

Make a color photograph of a scene that has no (or very little) color. Think monochromatic.
— Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson  |  Read more

The painter Bonnard said “Make little lies to tell a great truth”. Use that as your inspiration.
— Chloe Dewe Mathews

Chloe Dewe Mathews  |  Read more

“Try again, fail again, fail better.”
(Samuel Beckett)— Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse  |  Read more

Photograph something that can never happen again.
— Harry Benson

Harry Benson  |  Read more

Try to transform our world into an abstract image.
— Lucie & Simon

Lucie & Simon  |  Read more

Hope is the poor man’s bread. Photograph hope.
— Niall McDiarmid

Niall McDiarmid  |  Read more

Photograph your feelings in a state of boredom.
— Gerd Ludwig

Gerd Ludwig  |  Read more

Use your camera as an excuse to go and spend time with someone that you’ve always been curious about.
— Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur  |  Read more

Create a portrait that expresses isolation in circumstances that are not isolated.
— Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill  |  Read more

Close your eyes, turn your eyeballs around. Photograph what you see.
— Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen  |  Read more

Try and apply a technique or style that is widely associated with a specific photographic genre and use it in an unconventional way.
— Maja Daniels

Maja Daniels  |  Read more

Take a photograph that is strong and necessary of something which is not photogenic.
— Paolo Woods

Paolo Woods  |  Read more

Make a portrait where the primary goal is to engineer intimacy from a situation that is fundamentally artificial.
— Chris Floyd

Chris Floyd  |  Read more

Take two things that do not fit together, and put them together.
— Klaus Pichler

Klaus Pichler  |  Read more

Use a Random Point Generator to pick the exact location where you make a photograph.
— Alec Soth

Alec Soth  |  Read more

Go into your archive and find an orphaned photo as an inspiration for a new photo – have it feed your consciousness, to inspire a newer – and better – version.
— Donald Weber

Donald Weber  |  Read more

Photograph something you’ve been looking at or walking past for a long time, but which you’ve never photographed before.
— Palani Mohan

Palani Mohan  |  Read more

Take a photograph that depicts the binding and bonding of people local to you.
— Jim Mortram

Jim Mortram  |  Read more

Find a situation or environment that puts you ill at ease, or embarrasses you, and make an image.
— Benjamin Lowy

Benjamin Lowy  |  Read more

Don’t simply take a photograph of something that is in front of you, but instead focus on an idea that you find interesting.
— Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson  |  Read more

Take a photograph that reveals something about yourself that you’ve never shown before.
— Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano  |  Read more

Photograph to make sense of the past: what has been, and how it has affected what has come after.
— David Maisel

David Maisel  |  Read more

Choose your favourite poem and try to represent a line of it visually.
— Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale  |  Read more

Ask someone if you can spend half an hour in their company whilst you try and capture their true essence / personality.
— Jenny Wicks

Jenny Wicks  |  Read more

Use light to isolate a subject and draw the viewer to the picture.
— David Ellis

David Ellis  |  Read more

Think of your surrounding as elements of light, not objects.
— Matthew Niederhauser

Matthew Niederhauser  |  Read more

Take the greatest picture you can of that in which you truly believe.
— Simon Norfork

Simon Norfork  |  Read more

Take a photo that captures three distinctive actions within the same frame.
— Tomas Van Houtryve

Tomas Van Houtryve  |  Read more

Take a picture at night – however, added flash or long exposures are not allowed – use solely available light, whether artificial or natural.
— Mikko Takkunen

Mikko Takkunen  |  Read more

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” (Eve Arnold)
— David Chancellor

David Chancellor  |  Read more

Photograph something that you have never shot before, in a style you have never used before, so the photo is not recognisable as yours!
— Martin Parr

Martin Parr  |  Read more

Get wet. Take a photograph in the rain using the elements of the situation to your visual advantage.
— Peter Dench

Peter Dench  |  Read more

Take a natural scene and distill it down into its fundamental components to make the simplest and strongest statement.
— Fran Halsall

Fran Halsall  |  Read more

Recreate a famous photograph – one that you greatly admire.
— John MacLean

John MacLean  |  Read more

Photograph at least one person who lives on the same street as you (with their permission).
— James O Jenkins

James O Jenkins  |  Read more

Pick one place and don’t move from it for one hour making as many beautiful images as you can from that one point of view.
— Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale  |  Read more

Try to capture an unposed picture that contains the elements of a story, a strong sense of geometry and evokes an emotion in the viewer.
— Craig Semetko

Craig Semetko  |  Read more

“Nameless, wondrous, fleeting, moments are the truest treasure” (Rabindranath Tagore)
— Cate Davies

Cate Davies  |  Read more

Capture an honest portrait of a complete stranger in the street.
— Steven R. Hazlett

Steven R. Hazlett  |  Read more

The background is as important as the sitter (yourself).
— Sam Reynolds

Shoot The Living  |  Read more

We once saw a mural in Maidstone that said “What you see depends on where you stand”. Use this as your inspiration.
— The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery  |  Read more