In Pictures: If You Leave Showcase celebrates the best contemporary photography

In Pictures: If You Leave Showcase celebrates the best contemporary photography

Launch party Thursday December 3 — IYL present the photographs that pack a punch and say everything they need to say in just a single image.

The best documentary photographers build compelling stories through weaving images together. They spend days, months, years getting to know the people, communities and issues they’re documenting, adding a new piece to the story with each picture.

But what if you had to grab people’s attention, hold their gaze and say everything you wanted to say with just one photograph?

If You Leave celebrates the best of contemporary photography which speaks in a single image – separate from any body of work. The 2015 IYL Showcase draws together twenty of the best single shots, selected by a panel of judges including Huck, It’s Nice That and Self Publish, Be Happy, from thousands of entries made by photographers from across the globe.

Benedetta Falugi - Selected by Huck

Benedetta Falugi selected by Huck

To see the 2015 If You Leave Showcase in its full glory, head down to the launch party at Hatch, London on Thursday December 3, 6-10pm.

After that, the Showcase will be will be displayed in locations across London, December 4-15, before heading to Berlin, December 18-29.

If You Leave began life as Laurence Von Thomas’ personal online visual diary in 2009. It has since become an invaluable resource for striking contemporary photography and developed into a Tumblr with nearly half a million followers, spawned exhibitions across the globe and four printed editions.

To take the next step, IYL went to Kickstarter to fund an ambitious open submission photography competition and whittled down the thousands of entries into the If You Leave Showcase 2014, accompanied by two complimentary editions of the brand new If You Leave Magazine – which launched at Huck’s 71a Gallery.

Check out the launch party at Hatch, Thursday December 3, find out more about If You Leave or grab a copy of the IYL Magazine.

IYL teaser video by Kasafilms and Anna Lann.