Claudia Leisinger - Last of the Fish Porters

PODCAST: An Interview with Claudia Leisinger

In this Documentary Photography Review podcast we talk with Claudia Leisinger, a London based freelance portrait and documentary photographer. We discuss her journey into photography; her well travelled childhood and its influence on her image taking and the challenges of juggling a family and photography. The interview focuses on her project The Last of the Fish Porters. We discusses the story of the fish porters at Billingsgate Market and the changing ‘face ‘of London, as well as the photographic challenges, aesthetic choices and her use of multimedia.

Currently based in London, Claudia spent her early childhood in India and Bhutan, before returning to Switzerland in 1980. She finished the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in December 2007 with ‘The Changes Within: Bhutan Between Monarchy and Democracy’. This project told documented Bhutan’s shift towards its first-ever democratic elections and was published in the NZZ (Neue Zuercher Zeitung).

At present Claudia is a freelance portrait and documentary photographer. In 2012 she completed a documentary portrait project titled ‘The Last of the Fish Porters’, photographing the fish porters at Billingsgate Market before they lost their jobs. This project was published in the Guardian, and her photos have been featured in the Telegraph Magazine, the Big Issue, the NZZ newspaper and the Foto8 website, amongst others.

You can find Claudia’s work on her website at –

Abbie Traylor Smith
Ciara Leeming
Danyanita Singh, at the Hayward Gallery, London
Ed Thompson
Sophie Gerrard
Thomas Ball
Tim Hetherington

BBC London markets documentary –The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate
Big Issue
Billingsgate Market
City of London Corporation
The Guardian
London College of Communication (LCC)
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (LCC)
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (where Tim Hetherington work was exhibited)
Side Gallery, Newcastle
Smithfield Market
Spitalfields Market

Interviewers: Chris King, Rebecca Enderby

Producer and Editor: Chris King

Featured Image: From the work ‘The Last of the Fish Porters by Claudia Leisinger © Claudia Leisinger