About Me



Carolyn Mendelsohn is an Artist, Portrait Photographer and film-maker based in the UK. 

In the process of creating work, whether film or photography, her work is  crafted through a process of social research and collection of material. It follows a visual narrative and is rooted in the lives and story of people and place. 

Carolyn  is recognised internationally for her portraits, including her portrait series and book Being Inbetween published by Bluecoat Press, and is the founder of Through Our Lens - a workshop and mentoring programme that enables people to tell their stories through the medium of photography.

Alongside this she works on personal projects, portraitcommissions, commercial briefs, 

Carolyn is a Nikon Europe Ambassador, and the first  Royal Photographic Society Ambassador. 

Artist in Residence for Born In Bradford 

Freelancer Bloomberg News

Member of Women Photograph

Member of Association of Photographers 

Awards and Exhibitions

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and published by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Telegraph, La Monde,  and BJP, RPS Journal, Photo Monitor, AP Magazine  amongst others. 

Carolyn’s awards include 

BJP Portrait of Britain 2017 ,19, 21, 23 

The Royal Photographic Society International Photography  exhibitions RPS IPE 159 gold (winner) 

Finalist for RPS IPE 160.

In 2018 she was shortlisted for the International Women Photographers Award and nominated for the RPS 100 Heroines. 

In 2020, Mendelsohn was named winner of the Portrait Series category for the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was a winner of the Single Image Award for Open Wall Arles, by British Journal of Photography and Galerie Huit 

Winner Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 

Her work has been published in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, La Monde, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post, Click Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Professional Photography, and many other national and international magazines, in print and on line. 

Awards include;

2021  Finalist KLPA Portrait Awards

2020 Winner Portrait series - Julia Margaret Cameron awards 

2019/17 Winner - Portrait of Britain, BJP, Nikon, JC Decaux 

2017 finalist RPS International Photography Exhibition 160
2016 Winner (Gold Medal) RPS International Print Exhibition 159
2013 Winner Professional Photography Magazine Lifestyle


2023 Hardy and Free - Contemporary Art Commission - Brontë Parsonage Museum and Brontë Society.

2023 - Being Inbetween solo exhibition curated by Anne McNeill Impressions Gallery Tour -Bishop Auckland 

2022 Through Our Lens - Impressions Gallery exhibition

2021 Being Inbetween Solo exhibition  - Impressions Gallery Bradford 


(re)Framing Our Identity Bolonga Art City


(un)framing Our Identity - Group Show. 100 Heroines Chelsea/Blackpool

Being Inbetween Solo Exhibition  - Sugar Store Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre.

209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool


209 Women, Portcullis House; Houses of Parliament, London

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first election in which some women and all men could vote, 209 female photographers have taken portraits of the 209 women MPs in the UK parliament. 

RPS 160 tour
Solo exhibition
Being Inbetween, Crossley Gallery, Halifax 

Portrait of Britain
RPS 160
Photoblock, The Old Tuman Brewery, London
Retina Photography Festival - Edinburgh 
Belfast International Photography Festival 
The Civic, Barnsley,
Museum of Somerset
2016 RPS 159
University of Brighton
Royal Albert Hall
Photoblock, The Old Truman Brewery, London.
2015 Portrait Salon, London and Tokyo

Solo exhibitions include. 
2016 Being Inbetween, 
Gallery 2, Salts Mill, Saltaire, West Yorkshire 
Art Link Gallery, Princes Avenue Hull
2015 Being Inbetween
Gallery Butterfly Rooms, Saltaire 
2010 Keepers - Hexham Arts Centre 
2008 Face - Hexham Abbey 
2008 Behind Closed Doors - Saltaire 
2008 Galleria Espais B, Barcelona 

C4 Finalist - Picture This , with Martin Parr, Brett Rogers, Alex Proud

Work with Me

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