What Is TPP?

The Precursor Project (TPP) is an ongoing photographic archive project where we investigate the precursor moments leading up to (but not of) terrorist attacks using different photographic processes.

Founded by photographers Kate O’Neill and Nick Isden, the archive aims to educate us on the global community and improve our social conscience. By using existing images from contributing photographers, we will hopefully showcase when the unremarkable becomes the remarkable and how -in todays society- we document the world around us.

We will develop this project in chapters, using and identifying different photographic moments that document the precursor stages leading to these historic and detrimental events. Over the coming years we will collect images from pro and amateur photographers of the hours and days preluding a specific incident.

Please let us know if you’d like to get involved, contribute or support us with this major research archive!



We are currently looking for submissions for Chapter I: Paris and are looking for photographers -Pros, Students, Amateurs- who were in Paris 12-13th November 2015 (around the Paris Photo time) using film/analogue at the time. Whether you were shooting personally or professionally we’d love you to participate in our ongoing photographic archive project.


For more info and to submit your work please contact Kate + Nick on: hello@theprecursorproject.

#DEADLINE for ‘Chapter 1: Paris’ submissions is now CLOSED