The political image: in conversation with Stuart Mitchell

Battle of Ideas festival 2022, Sunday 16 October, Church House, London

Recorded at the Battle of Ideas festival 2022 on Sunday 16 October at Church House, London.


Stuart Mitchell has photographed many of the leading political and cultural figures of the past decade, including Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Benjamin Netanyahu, Michel Barnier, Donald Trump, Douglas Murray and Tom Stoppard. He also had a front-row seat as Britain left the EU in his role as the Brexit Party’s official photographer and witnessed, up close, the 2020 US Presidential election.

‘As a photographer with privileged access one is able to ghost around the room at key historical moments. This has allowed me to gain an insight into the personalities behind the political projection. I look forward to sharing some of these insights with everyone.’

This will be a unique chance to look through many of Stuart’s most important shots with the photographer himself and ask any questions regarding their role in broader political events. What is the role of photography and imagery in political history?

Stuart Mitchell

Eve Kay
executive producer; international, primetime and creative arts Emmy winner; Realscreen and Critics Choice TV award winner; RTS winner and Grierson, Broadcast, Banff and PGA award nominee