“A Parish Priest in London.”

PhotographerDavid Sopronyi
Entry Description

Father Paul is a parish priest in Clerkenwell, London. His life is dedicated to expressing the extraordinary love of God for people, and thus to bring healing to the inner being of all who enter the church's doors. Father Paul's mission is part of the Church of England and as such, it maintains the same spirit of divine worship and liturgical tradition which was adopted by those who established the church. The parish is the heart of the Church of England. Each parish church is run by the priest in collaboration with the PCC or Parochial Church Councils. The parish structure means that the church is there for everyone. Ideally, everyone in England has a parish priest to whom they can turn. Everyone lives in a parish. This means it is an organisation for everyone, not just believers. Father Paul is familiar figure to those working in local shops and is readily available when counsel is sought by those in need. As a result of his determination and exceptional personality, Father Paul has managed to establish a warm and welcoming congregation in his Church that is made up of people from all around the world. He is spiritual leader, performer of civic duties, but at the same time he remains an ordinary man. Father Paul's mission reaches many today, but he believes it should be developed and enriched further, as the church has so much more to offer for the people living in the metropolis.

About Photographer

David Sopronyi is a Hungarian-born documentary photographer now living in London. David began photographing professionally in 2000 and he soon landed a job at a leading professional photolab in Budapest. For years he split his time between self-driven documentary projects and his work at the lab, where he was heading up the department of colour photography. From 2005-2007 he pursued Multimedia Studies in Hungary, then moved to the UK in 2009. He graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in Photography from Middlesex University London in 2012 and started working as a freelance photographer. In his long-term personal projects David focuses on the relationship between the built-up environment and mankind, or works on stories picturing a person’s everyday life in depth. His latest project the “West Way” has been widely recognised: it is amongst the UK winners of Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award 2013, it won the 3rd prize at the International Street Photography Awards in 2013 and received the Sunday Times Magazine’s Spectrum Emerging Talent Award and the D&AD Best New Blood Award in 2012. David’s trademark is his sensitivity for detail that allows him to picture his subjects - no matter how mundane they might be - in an elegant and surprising way.