L a r a   P l a t m a n  founded Photofeature in 1998 as an agency for photographic commissions. The company has evolved into a photo archive with over 4000 images available for licencing to advertising, corporate and editorial clients.
In conjunction with Lara’s enthusiasm to tell a story, she now writes for many editorial and corporate publications along with guest appearances on local BBC radio and at historic motoring events as a commentator. Lara is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Socety of Authors and a Brother of The Art Workers Guild. Her work can be found in the collections of the Australian National Library and Victoria and Albert Museum. Lara is an ambassador for Leica Camera AG and a Getty Images contributor. She holds a motor racing license, a bike license, and restored her own 1964 Series 2a Land Rover which she drives as her daily. Lara is currently writing about historic women racing drivers and has written a radio drama about the Honourable Mildred Bruce.  

 “I am happy shooting in pit lanes, theatre stages and behind the scenes on film sets”

b o o k s  p u b l i s h e d

Spirit of Place, the Distilleries of Scotland (Frances Lincoln 2015)
Through The Night (Blurb 2014)
Harris Tweed, from land to street, (Frances Lincoln 2011)
Art Workers Guild 125 Years (Unicorn Press 2009)

c o m p e t i t i o n s  a n d  a w a r d s

Society of Authors
Grant for Authors’ Continency Fund (2022)
Grant to write a radio drama entitled ‘Mildred‘(2021)
Award for ‘Art Workers Guild, 125 Years‘ (Published by Unicorn Press 2009)
Heritage Lottery Fund
Grant to Work with British Motor Museum
Awarded for ‘Car Stories‘ to create a community project and inaugural exhibition at the Museum Collection Centre in Gaydon in November 2015 to June 2016
European Cultural Foundation
Grant to work with Opera Estate Bassano de Grappa
To produce a community project entitled ‘Boxing Project‘ which culminated in 4 workshops and 4 exhibitions.  Jan 2009 to September 2010
Hosking Housing Trust Writers Award
Award for ‘Harris Tweed, from land to street‘ (Published by Frances Lincoln 2011)
AND/OR Book Awards
Shortlisted in 2010 for ‘Art Workers Guild, 125 Years’ publication

Ambassador to Leica Camera AG

Getty Images Contributor
Founding Member of Specialist Vehicles Associates
Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund


Supported by European Cultural Foundation
Partnership with Opera Estate for Boxing Bassano Project







w o r d s   f r o m   m y   p u b l i s h e r

Coming from a family who produced theatrical costumes, Lara grew up surrounded by creative people. She trained as a photographer and then a journalist, and now specialises in documenting areas of culture that are often considered to be eccentric or endangered. Her first book, Art Workers Guild 125 Years: Craftspeople at Work Today (Unicorn Press 2009), is a collection of portraits of 130 craftsmen in their working environments. Her second book, Harris Tweed, from land to street (Frances Lincoln 2011), offers insights into a lifestyle whose continued existence may surprise many, these portraits are a heartfelt celebration of craftsmanship and a way of life.”

“I am very privileged to see the world through a camera; I mean really see it, not just glimpse at it. I am a voyeur  examining a view that intrigues and educates.”

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