1 September 2017
In September 2015 I was sent by the Guardian to cover the refugee crisis in the Balkans. I started by going to Budapest where thousands of refugees were stranded around the Main Train Station after the Hungarian government closed the borders.
I was sitting in London kinda depressed I wasn’t covering the biggest story of the day when the phone call came. And when I arrived I wasn’t prepared for the scale of the numbers of people involved. I am an immigrant twice over. As a teenager I went to the United States and then I came to the UK where I have lived over 20 years. So I am very sympathetic to the plight of refugees regardless of why they chose to make the journey. The vast majority where Syrians fleeing the civil war in their own country but they were joined by many Afghans and Iraqis. Occasionally we even saw Africans who somehow avoided the Mediterranean route. After a week the Hungarians eventually decided that Budapest couldn’t handle so many people stranded so they opened the border. Patrick Kingsley and I then moved south to document the flow into Hungary from Serbia. The Hungarians decided to build a fence and we watched as thousands made their way along abandoned railway tracks before they were prevented from crossing.
As the refugees moved north we moved south, covering the migrant trail from Serbia all the way down to the Greek border with Macedonia. The sheer numbers of people on the move was truly biblical. I felt unable to make an image that grasped the scale of what I was witnessing. The image you are seeing was taken on my last day after a month of non-stop reporting. I was photographing thousands of people waiting for a train to take them out of the Greek-Macedonian crossing at Gevgelija. It had rained heavily the whole day and everyone was drenched including myself. I could see that no matter how hard I tried to keep my cameras dry I was losing the battle and they kept turning off and failing when they were on. I saw a little Syrian boy crying from the misery he and his family were enduring as they tried to get to Germany. My cameras went dead soon after I made the image. And soon after that some Macedonian police tried to arrest me and confiscate my gear. They wanted to see the images I had made and of course I couldn’t get the cameras to work to show them. Finally I gave them empty Compact Flash cards to satisfy them. They believed I was making their country look bad. Back in the hotel my cameras came back on. They still work to this day. I was done regardless and soon headed to catch a plane back to London. I am still extremely grateful I had the opportunity to document the crisis. I really hated leaving and going back to London.
1 August 2017
Previously an art director working predominantly in the travel sector, Justin Foulkes decided he could no longer keep a lid on his passion for photography and in 2007 embarked on a life as a freelance travel photographer.
1 July 2017
Stephen Shepherd has been based in Gloucestershire since 2002 moving there from London after nine years at The Daily Telegraph. He now works for corporate and marketing clients in the South West as well as in education and for design groups. He still undertakes commissions for the national press including The Guardian & Observer, The Times and the TES.
1 June 2017
David Hoffman specialises in social issues photography.
Motivated by documenting what's become increasingly overt state constraint on our lives, I've spent some 40 years documenting a range of social issues from policing and racial and social conflict to homelessness drugs, poverty and exclusion. Protest, and the violence that sometimes accompanies it, is the theme that stitches my work together.
Editorial photography is an increasingly beleaguered profession. The erosion of press freedom, ever more intrusive policing and the undermining of copyright have created a perfect storm of obstacles. As a founding member of EPUK and Photo-Forum London, I'm now working on a very different front line. Engaging with regulatory bodies, collecting societies, the NUJ, the British Photographic Council and other UK photographic organisations as well as with commercial services protecting copyright, is the best way I can see to achieve a supportive ecology for professional photography and build a sustainable future for editorial photography.
1 May 2017
Simon Crofts is a freelance photographer living in Edinburgh who photographs in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. He studied law at Oxford. He moved to Moscow at the time of its transformation from socialism into wild capitalism, and later became a photographer and lived in Poland for six years, where he met his wife, fellow photographer Sylwia Kowalczyk.
1 April 2017
Amanda Thomas is a fashion and portrait photographer working in both London and Bristol. She loves working with sustainable fashion brands and individuals, using creative photography to elevate an emotional connection with style and purpose. Having begun shooting in 1998, she recently celebrated 18 years in the industry. Her work is a hybrid of fine art and editorial styles as she likes to curate an idea and build on it so its fits in with the person and brief. Thomas recently worked with The Princes Trust, giving a talk about her work and the industry, along with a workshop about portraiture. It was sponsored by Huawei in connection with The Saatchi Gallery and their new exhibition ‘Selfie to Self Expression' which has recently launched.
1 March 2017
Cinzia D'Ambrosi is an Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer based in London. Her photo stories have exposed issues of marginalization, poverty and economic oppression in China, the Balkans and Western Europe. Her work has been widely published, including by Amnesty International, Huffington Post, Vice, the New Internationalist, Witness, the BBC and commissioned by Save the Children, Shelter, West London Zone and 4in10 to name a few. Her work has received recognition from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, Arts Council, nominated by the publisher Dewi Lewis and in the permanent collection of the Hellenic Centre for Photography in Athens, Greece. Her current and ongoing photo project ‘Hate Hurts’ brings to light stories from refugees and victims of hate crimes. If you would like to know more, or to support or endorse this project in any way, please email email@example.com. To see more of Hate Hurts click here.
1 February 2017
After graduating from York University Rob Scott took a job as a research biochemist at Bristol University but soon realised that he was more interested in exploring the world than spending a life in laboratories. While planning his departure for travelling, he found a bag of old camera gear that his brother had bought from Oxfam for £50. It contained a Nikon SP rangefinder along with 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses. By happy chance, it was a true photojournalist's bag of kit, and in exceptional condition.
Although he hadn't taken a picture since he was six years old, he was instantly addicted and within months left the country with the camera and photography at the centre of his plans. Two years later, after being hospitalised for typhoid in the Himalayas and dengue fever in Singapore, and having had all the camera gear stolen in the jungles of Sumatra and replaced by insurance in Sydney, he arrived in the town of Kununara in the wild Kimberley region of north-western Australia. He picked up work for an Australian freesheet, and after achieving his first front page, of a competitor being gored by a bull in a rodeo, he decided to return to Britain. For the next decade he freelanced in London, Bristol and around the country, covering political issues such as the miners' strike and the anti-apartheid movement, as well as carrying out magazine portrait work, particularly for the music press.
In the early 1990s, after a year working on environmental stories in South America, he became chief photographer and manger of one of the largest editorial photo studios in the country, carrying out commissioned work for more than a hundred specialist magazines. Rob returned to freelancing in 2010 and has been working on 'Crafted in Britain: Britain’s Surviving Traditional Industries', along with other commissioned work since then.
1 January 2017
Patrick Eden has been a full time photographer since 1985. Sailing features highly in his portfolio due to his location in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, his birthplace. Patrick has also worked in India, the Caribbean and the US shooting a wide variety of assignments from editorial, sport and travel to advertising and aerial.
A small print run book of his early black and white documentary work on the Isle of Wight was published in 2015, with an accompanying exhibition.
Northern Lights over the mountains surrounding Reinefjord, Lofoten Islands, Norway (March 2012) by Rudolf Abraham
1 December 2016
Rudolf Abraham is a freelance travel and documentary photographer and writer specialising in central and southeast Europe. He is the author of ten books and his work is published widely in magazines.
1 November 2016
Stephen Shepherd started working as a national press photographer at the features picture desk of The Daily Telegraph, shooting the usual weekend supplement imagery, such as portraits and features. For over nine years he worked there on a freelance basis as well as shooting for a variety of business publications, consumer magazines and corporate clients. He then moved to Glouchestershire and has been based there for the past ten years while continuing to work in London for few days a month.
His current portfolio includes VR work, library shoots, commissioned work in education, press and in industry, and his clients include The Times Educational Supplement, Guardian & Observer, The Times, and The Express, in addition to corporate clients.
1 October 2016
After a degree in English, studying at drama school and then working as a journalist and lecturer in photography, Jessa Fairbrother completed an MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster in 2010. She used this as a springboard to concentrate on yearning and performance meeting each other in photography.
These varied experiences informed her move towards an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to making work. She has gradually shifted from appearing within the image as its main subject to additionally embellishing the photograph’s surface after the event. The familiar and personal are her starting points, while recurring behaviours shaped by memory, role-play and visual consumption make repeated appearances in long term projects.
Publications include Spot magazine, Telephoto, Eyemazing, .Cent magazine and Blown. Awards include a travel bursary from a-n The Artist Information Company, UK (2016), the Genesis Imaging Award, Format Festival, UK (2013) and honourable mentions from PX3, Paris (2014) and Flash Forward, Canada (2009).
In 2004 her long term project on memorial benches in Pembrokeshire was supported by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales. Her work is held in the libraries of both the V&A Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the permanent collection of the NHS, and numerous private collections. Jessa’s work is currently on show in Handmade III at Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna. Conversations with my mother is a limited edition artist book available to view online here. The dummy was recently on display as part of the First/Dummy Books table from Photobook Bristol at Gazebook Festival, Sicily. In 2016 she was awarded a bursary by a-n The Artist Information Company to enable her to travel to New York where she has been invited to speak about Conversations with my mother this month.
1 September 2016
Andy Hall is a London-based freelance photographer with over 25 years of experience. His wide-ranging commissions has seen his work appear in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Observer, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Times, Newsweek, GQ, Red Bulletin magazine and Der Speigel.
The cashier in the Indian Coffee House in Nagpur, India by Stuart Freedman, from The Palaces of Memory - Tales from the Indian Coffee House
1 August 2016
Stuart Freedman is a photographer and writer based between London and New Delhi. A member of Panos Pictures he has, over the last two decades, covered stories from Albania to Zambia. His work has appeared in, amongst others, Life, Geo, Time, The Sunday Times magazine, Der Spiegel, Condé Nast Traveller and Smithsonian. He has been exhibited widely and his work has received recognition from Amnesty International, POYi, World Sports Photo, The AOP, The RPS, UNICEF and the World Press Masterclass.
His new book, The Palaces of Memory - Tales from the Indian Coffee House (introduction by Amit Chaudhuri) was a finalist for best photography book 2016 at POYi and is available from Dewi Lewis or signed, directly from the author by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 July 2016
John Walmsley studied photography at Guildford School of Art between 1965-68. His final year project on A.S. Neill and his democratic school, Summerhill, was published by Penguin Books in 1969. John has always been a freelance photographer, working for textbook publishers, government departments and charities amongs others. Most of what he considers his best work was self-started and self-funded, including many books with the writer Leila Berg - making the work simply because it was interesting. For several years in the 1970s John was a Fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust, living with other artists and running public photography classes whilst also being a part-time lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London during its most vibrant period.
John's current exhibition ‘The 60s and 70s in B&W’ will be open at Guildford Museum from 2nd July to 10th September (closed Sundays) and covers the sit-in at Guildford School of Art, the Grosvenor Square anti-Vietnam war rally, the Liverpool Free School, Summerhill and much more.
To coincide with the exhibition, John is publishing a set of 26 postcards which are available from his website here: www.walmsleyblackandwhite.com
1 June 2016
Des Willie has been a photographer for twenty years working in film and TV but also in development, editorial and design. He lives in London and will just about work for food.
Patricia Glennie on her hill farm, Lauder, The Scottish Borders, April 2013. From the series Drawn To The Land
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Stephen Shepherd started work as a press photographer at The Daily Telegraph after moving to London from Oxfordshire.
I had a finite amount of money when I moved to London and hoped to get work with the national press. The money was rapidly running out when after about four months I finally got a commission from the features desk at The Daily Telegraph. I recall I was so keen to get it right I went back on two separate days to shoot it. Something that now would take an hour or so, had six hours lavished on it. However, I must have done something right as that job kickstarted my life as a freelance photographer and for the next nine years I was more or less staff at the paper working 4 or 5 days a week shooting everything from celebrity portraits, weekend page features and Op Ed commissions to the paper's famous “Pet of the week” and “My Mantelpiece” features.
Relocating to Gloucestershire some twelve years ago, I found that I had to diversify and create markets that were not solely based around the press photography I had been used to. Having had some success working for business clients during my last few years in London I began to nurture more contacts in this area, developing a client base who require creative reportage style photography for their marketing, branding, reports etc. I am now commissioned through various design groups as well as directly by clients to bring the skills I learnt as a press photographer into factories, on to construction sites, to work behind the scenes on corporate video shoots etc. My perfect commission is to work on location for a client who has the confidence to allow you free reign, to be able create a body of work that evolves through the day and to be able to develop a narrative in the work often from unexpected and unplanned scenarios or snatched opportunities.
1 January 2016
Following a successful career in advertising on the strategic side of things (latterly Strategy Partner running the London office of a network agency) Jane Hobson returned to education to pursue a photography degree in 2008. Finding herself under-stimulated by the course, she worked as an arts and entertainment photojournalist in parallel, as well as practically living with the drama and dance departments in the theatre next door. Having graduated and, drawing heavily from past business experience, she hit the ground running and continued to attend press photocalls within the performing arts. Jane is widely published in the national and international press, her client base for commissioned arts work steadily growing as a result of awareness of her published work.Her cherished clients include Sadlers Wells, National Youth Dance Company, Barbican, and Richard Alston Dance Company. Based in London and Edinburgh, she can usually be found (or not, as she tends to wear head-to-toe black so as to be unobtrusive in the auditorium) in a theatre, with occasional forays into the studio.
1 December 2015
1 November 2015
The Common Ridings in the Scottish Borders, photographed by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert -the Three Brethen Cairns Summit
1 October 2015
Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Martin Rodgerson and his Burleymen attendants, arrive at the Three Brethren cairns summit, to check the boundaries of the lands, during the Common Riding festivities in Selkirk, Scotland, Friday 14th June 2013.
1 August 2015
1 June 2015
At 8:37 am on 16h January 2014 the North Yorkshire Fire Service received a report that Britain's largest waste tyre recycling site at Sherburn was alight.
1 May 2015
This woman is terracing land to prevent soil erosion. I photographed her in Tigray, Ethiopia while documenting a food-for-work scheme funded by a number of UK charities.
1 April 2015
This photo of the hundred-year-old Mariquita was taken during one of the most memorable and enjoyable days I had in fourteen years at IPC. I worked for the magazine Yachting Monthly but was often seconded to other publications in IPC’s marine division, on this occasion to Yachting World.
1 March 2015
This portrait of Begoña Cao, principal ballerina with the English National Ballet, was commissioned by The Independent.
1 February 2015
I have been photographing WWI and WWII Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries since my first visit to Tyne Cot in Belgium on a school trip in 1969. During my time on The Times and The Independent I covered many stories involving veterans visiting the cemeteries, sadly no more. In 2006-7 I photographed the 'Remembered' project for the CWGC culminating in a wonderful book and a series of exhibitions which toured world wide.
1 January 2015
This is ‘The Burryman’. The origins of his annual procession through the town of Queensferry, near Edinburgh are lost in antiquity although we do know the tradition has remained largely unaltered since the last Battle of Falkirk in 1746.
1 December 2014
I found many homeless and lost people at Crisis who I already knew from St Botolphs’ and that made the work easier. It was crowded, often threatening and violent, often tearful and desperate – chaotic, unregulated and unexpectedly inspirational in its atmosphere of mutual acceptance and support.
1 November 2014
This picture was taken on an editorial commission in 2012. One of my regular collaborators, body art and makeup specialist Chris Dennis, was being profiled in an edition of the body art-focused US publication Illusion, and he asked me to shoot the job. That meant trying to squeeze four shoots into one day, achieving very different full-body makeup looks with four separate models in a simple on-location studio, working closely with a hair stylist, Peter Dragijevic, and Chris’ team of six assistants.
1 October 2014
This picture of a squirrel’s tail is one of a series of road kill pictures that I took after coming across the body of a Muntjac deer whilst driving in the Cotswolds.
1 September 2014
In the summer of 2010, much of central and southern Pakistan suffered devastating flooding of the Indus River due to abnormally heavy monsoon rain in the northern part of the country. A Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal was launched, and raised more than £60 million. I was commissioned by Tearfund, a DEC member NGO, to report on the situation a year later as relief supplies and rebuilding projects were well underway.
1 August 2014
The original photograph from which this Photoshopped image comes was taken back in 2004 when our commissioned work was declining and stock sales provided the main part of our income.
1 July 2014
This picture was taken on 21 June during the JP Morgan Round the Island Race. An annual event on the Isle of Wight since 1931, the race now attracts up to 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, who sail in an anti-clockwise direction round the island. The starts are staggered over about an hour and are dictated by the class and size of the boats.
1 June 2014
It was a balmy early evening in Kuwait in March 1989 when Princess Diana stepped off of the royal plane with Prince Charles.
1 May 2014
After nearly 40 years of service with the RAF, this Westland Wessex now resides in the bottom of the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow.
1 April 2014
This is one of a series of photos taken as part of a personal project, Standerwick Market, which I started in 2011. At the time, work was very slow and I needed to keep shooting, challenge my skills and find something which interested me.
1 March 2014
This photograph of piglets came out of a commission from the animal feed company Danisco, a subsidiary of Dupont. Occasionally a client won’t know exactly the image they want until they see it. Typically they are looking for something different to be used exclusively for a set period of time. This was one of those occasions.
1 February 2014
This image was taken during the main procession of the wild and wonderful Rijeka Carnival in Croatia. Held on the last Sunday before Lent, this is one of the largest Shrovetide Carnival processions in Europe – an enormous event with up to 10,000 participants from up to 100 carnival groups, and well over 100,000 spectators.
1 January 2014
This is a portrait of the illustrator Agnes Vincze who originally commissioned me to photograph her nude.
1 December 2013
I waited two years for this shot. I needed snow in Austria where the Wolf Science Centre is located at a time I was available. In January it all came together perfectly. This was a self-funded project to add the winter dimension to a commissioned summer shoot that I had done the previous year for Flipside magazine. The resulting portfolio of images with my text describing research at the centre has since been syndicated globally.
1 November 2013
The small, brightly coloured, plastic object in the photograph looks innocuous enough but is in fact, a lethal military weapon. Used by the Russian army, the PFM-1, anti-infantry high-explosive mine, also known as a ‘butterfly mine,’ was scattered from helicopters and from artillery during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1 October 2013
This is the Karakalpakstan once the flagship of the Aral Sea fishing fleet. She was named after the north-western autonomous republic of Uzbekistan.
1 September 2013
Why showcase an image that doesn’t look like a photograph?
1 August 2013
On my way back south from Scotland, where I’d been working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, I stopped off in Northumberland to visit Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle and take some stock photographs. It was 1983 and, in response to photolibrary needs, I’d forayed into medium format and bought a Mamyia C220 which I intended using mainly for landscape photography.
1 July 2013
At five-o’clock on the morning of 16 August 2012 a Deputy Sheriff working a traffic detail in LaPlace, Louisiana, was shot and seriously injured by assailants unknown.
1 June 2013
This was a one of those challenging shoots I enjoy putting together. The production was for a demanding client, an Austrian living in the UK who’s company was importing hosiery from Austria. The parent company had been sold and all their marketing collateral had been withdrawn, so the shoot was needed to replace a large range of images.
1 May 2013
These photographs come from Irish Tinkers: A Portrait of Irish Travellers in the 1970s, my newly released iBook which is a remake of the original publication which followed on from an exhibition of my work at the Photographers Gallery in 1976.
1 April 2013
This image is from a project exploring social networking. I had been resisting joining Twitter and finally signed up with a promise to make something creative of the experience. I was interested in the way that friendships and networks develop through social media and decided to explore this process by photographing a series of these connections.
1 March 2013
Every spring almond trees blossom on the hills near my home in Tenerife, and every year I’m drawn to photograph them. Some of the images are licensed through the stock agency Alamy and some I’ve sold as prints, but the real incentive is to savour the spring sunshine and capture what I love about the landscape of the island. It has become a small, annual, part of my documentation of places, events and traditions of Las Islas Canarias.
1 February 2013
I have travelled to Somalia several times over the years since 1994, the last time was in 2007 when I found the situation to be as anarchic as my very first trip. Somalia has always been a special place for me as it was the genesis of my career in photojournalism after several years working in Italy living La Dolce Vita for ABC News and Reuters.
1 January 2013
Every year a commemorative service is held on the docks in Hull to remember the 6,000 trawlermen from the city who have died at sea over the last one hundred years.
1 December 2012
I have been running my own self-publishing business since 1984. Nothing very special, just landscapes of the west country. I started a series of small, postcard sized books in 2001 and a couple of years later did The Landscape of Avebury.
1 November 2012
I have, on and off for the last few years, been making work in Delhi about those people that find themselves outside the tiny bubble of wealth that is, according to the advertising, modern India. Delhi was once a sleepy bureaucratic cousin to Mumbai but is now an island of ostentatious wealth floating on a sea of mediaeval squalor. Slum clearances are set against fairy-tale prices for real-estate and the city is viciously segregated between those that have wealth and those that produce it.
1 October 2012
Dancing the Night Away is an ongoing personal work about the Russian ballet tradition in Eastern Europe. This picture was taken during a concert of Don Quixote at the Lvov Ballet in Ukraine.
1 September 2012
A few years before I took this photograph a fellow student at college got a shot of the River Clyde during a ship launch. The image greatly impressed me – the view of Glasgow, the ship and thousands of pigeons taking flight because of the noise. I wanted a photograph like that.
1 August 2012
‘43 Gardeners’ Hands’ is a series of portraits of some of the UK’s best known gardeners, focused on just their hands. They were inspired by the fantastic working collages from the 1920s, of botanical photographer Karl Blossfeldt. His work is almost anatomical and I wanted to produce a series of images that turned each pair of hands into a botanical specimen, reversing the effect of his work.
1 July 2012
I’ve always been interested in documenting political news, and have photographed protest movements in the UK and elsewhere since before I became professional in 2010.
1 June 2012
This image of a jumping model was produced after I decided to stay on and take some stock photographs at the end of a catalogue shoot in Cape Town. In the past magazines would have commissioned their own health and beauty pictures, but now they mostly buy from agencies like Cultúra Creative who I have been supplying for four years.
1 May 2012
Cornelius Cardew was an avant-garde composer and performer with a day job at a publisher. We took some pictures on the publisher’s roof and then went to Cardew’s favourite cafe around the corner. It was 1970 and I simply don’t remember who commissioned the shoot.
1 April 2012
I’ve always been interested in photography of health issues. Since I left school my only jobs not photo-related have been in health or hospitals. This was one of my first commercially viable images after I left college.
1 March 2012
Shooting night photography is quite a challenge. Normally one would use a long exposure and a tripod, however from a moving flying machine this is not possible. Even a helicopter hovering in mid air has a significant amount of movement.
1 February 2012
When a number of Islamic political groups staged a nationwide strike in Bangladesh to protest against government approval of women’s rights legislation in April 2011, my job as a photojournalist was to produce a photograph that illustrated the division in society.
1 January 2012
When we attended the photocall for Robert Lepage’s project “The Blue Dragon” at the Barbican Theatre in London, we were given the standard three scenes to shoot, but shooting that day was particularly tricky as Lepage used a mixture of back and front projection which meant the theatre’s lighting levels could not be adjusted for the photocall.
20 November 2011
In Thailand and the surrounding countries, a parallel realm of the spirits provide powerful, everyday companions to mortal man. Many see the wearing of a certain kind of tattoo as a way of tapping into the power that comes from that world.
22 October 2011
This image was shot while on a commission to document the White Russian community here in the UK. The White Russians, as they call themselves are those whose families fled the Communist powers in the early years of the Soviet state. However they now include many recent immigrants.
12 September 2011
Professional photography has led me to take up the strange and sometimes surreal hobby of World War Two reenacting. Earlier this year a friend of mine who is a reenactor with a German Unit, the 21st Panzer Division, helped organise the Nothallerton Wartime Weekend, with money raised going to four charities.
10 August 2011
The Metropolitan Police has an in-house magazine called The Job and I was asked to shoot two sets of pictures of Sir Paul Stephenson for it when he became the new Commissioner in February 2009. The first set were portraits in his office and the second was of his address to a meeting of rank and file officers at the Methodist Central Hall in London the following morning.
11 July 2011
This photograph of a young ballerina was taken in South Africa in 2007. It was one of several personal projects I undertook during an eight-week trip to the Western Cape.
1 April 2011
I chose to become a photographer after seeing a TV documentary about Brian Harris photographing Sizewell Nuclear Power Station for The Independent in the early 1990’s. I started working at weekends in the darkroom of the East Anglian Daily Times and eventually went to Stradbroke College in Sheffield for the NCTJ course in Photojournalism, under the auspices of Paul Delmar.
4 March 2011
The Independent commissioned me to photograph Tilda Swinton at the 2001 Edinburgh Film Festival. She was promoting the film The Deep End at one of the city hotels. I arrived early to set up and saw her being photographed for Time Out. She looked amazing in a beautiful pale blue suit with that unique look of hers, a look I was hoping to capture. When the Time Out shoot ended she went upstairs to change.
1 February 2011
This shot of Eric Boateng training alone in his school gym was taken during a two-day self-assignment following the British basketball prodigy around in his daily life.
1 January 2011
This is one of a series of pictures of street prostitutes working in Bradford, West Yorkshire. They are intended to show what kerb-crawlers encounter before deciding to part with their cash.
28 November 2010
I’m lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, surrounded by forests teeming with wildlife. This photograph was taken barely a mile from my village, but in a wood so isolated hardly anyone else visits it. My eight year old son is an avid bone collector, and we spend a lot of enjoyable time together in the forests and hills around our village, with him tracking the red and roe deer herds, and me with a 600mm on my shoulder.
24 October 2010
‘The River’ is from my series Memories and Nightmares, which are images inspired by stories of early childhood memories and nightmares which I’ve collected. This one, from my friend Kate, was particularly odd, and although it demanded some very specific elements I was determined to shoot it.
23 September 2010
This photograph was taken in 2005 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. There was a ceasefire in the Sri Lankan civil war and I had been commissioned by a glossy magazine to photograph recuperating child soldiers, children who had originally been kidnapped by the LTTE and made to fight.
29 August 2010
This was shot in 2004 for Der Spiegel. We were doing a story on how the Uzbek state was using the USA’s war on terror as a means to control its own population under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism. The Uzbeks gave us access to the prison to interview a supposed local Al Qaeda leader. That was of course a deadly dull picture shot during the interview, but after some persuasion they let me wander around the prison, although they kept a close eye on me.
22 July 2010
I first heard about the Appleby Horse Fair when a photographer friend showed me some of her work. I was struck by the actual and metaphorical colour of the people and the fair. It dates back hundreds of years and enjoys Royal Charter status, ensuring that gypsies and travellers return to Cumbria every year to trade horses and meet up with family and friends.
20 June 2010
Liang Yan Fa carries baskets of sifted coal to Yang Gui Hai to add to the fire at their make-shift sulphur factory in the middle of the Wuda coal field, Inner Mongolia.
31 May 2010
During the 1980s I covered the ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland on assignment for both Newsweek and Time magazine.
7 May 2010
This photograph has sold as a poster and for greeting cards with the words ‘Thanks for being there’ and ‘Thanks for your support’.
21 April 2010
In the photograph above, Frank and his friend Paul return from apple-picking, late afternoon, in the winter sunshine. It was shot from the hip, while walking backwards, with an aperture of f1.4, so I suppose it is also a bit of a lucky shot – few of the other frames worked as well. The shallow depth of field lends a certain 3D quality to the image, and the harsh shadows and deep blue sky serve to enhance the look.
2 March 2010
Saint Valentines day at Westminster Abbey. Sister Angel Popstitute, having lightly groped me while presenting me with a pack of condoms, lube and mints, poses with other Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
1 February 2010
Our cat – one of two – Thelma, mewing at the window asking to be let in from the cold snowy conditions outside.
5 April 2009
The series documents my response to the ‘presents’ that Wolfie, my beloved cat, brings into the home. At first, I experienced some kind of horror: these dead creatures waiting for me in different parts of my house.
19 March 2009
Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds had moved to live in Taormina, a small town in Sicily, Italy. With his wealth he could live anywhere and I questioned him on his choice of home. Being typical Jim, he replied, “Come and discover for yourself”, and so being typical me, I did.
12 March 2009
Ireland does not have a free universal health care system. A number of years ago a free universal health care also known as the Medical Card was introduced for everyone over 70 years of age.
6 March 2009
In most conventional works that use projection lighting, the dancers position and timing have to be completely fixed to the time line of the video playback.
27 February 2009
This picture was taken last year during a day of Israeli army operation in Gaza, when rockets from Gaza landed all over the Southern cities in Israel.
19 February 2009
Sara Maitland had written a book on silence, based on her experiences in a variety of isolated locations. This picture pretty much got where I wanted to go with the shoot – wild, romantic landscape, theatrically lit.
12 February 2009
I seem to remember that as a child there were many more derelict old barns, buildings and structures than can be found these days. With the construction of ever bigger and faster roads, the pressure on this rural island of Anglesey to accommodate increasing numbers of visitors is changing the face of our past.
6 February 2009
Bob Wiltfong is an American comedian who was performing at the Edinburgh Fringe when I was working on a Festival paper there.
23 January 2009
This is part of a personal project that I started called ‘Sea & Symmetry’.
8 January 2009
An anti-capitalist protester is held back by City of London police during a demonstration called to protest over the financial crisis, which dogs domestic and international financial markets during the second half of 2008.
1 January 2009
This picture was taken when I was living in Nepal, at Benchen monastery in Kathmandu. The resident Buddhist monks were performing a traditional dance, and despite their colourful and impressive costumes and masks, it was rather slow and tedious.
18 December 2008
This picture was made while I was studying Photojournalism at the International Centre of Photography in New York, during the Halloween Parade in 1999.
11 December 2008
I was in the Philippines doing a reportage about religion and poverty in that country. I spent some time photographing people being crucified but I was much more drawn to the shanty towns where millions of ultra poor Catholics live.
4 December 2008
I took this shot while visiting Wroclaw in Poland for the first time. It is part of a group of statues called Anonymous Pedestrians by artist Jerzy Kalina.
28 November 2008
For Showcase I wanted to choose a picture taken during my current staff position at the Walsall Advertiser. This picture was taken during a visit by Tory leader David Cameron to a primary school in Walsall, in April 2008.
13 November 2008
This is from a recent shoot I did with the hairdressers Toni & Guy. It is part of a series of five images for their new hair collection and was taken in my studio, which is in a converted church in central Bristol.
6 November 2008
Troy Collins of Great Britain takes a tumble from USA #4 Captain Brian Kirkland in the Wheelchair Rugby (Murderball) Bronze Medal Match on September 15th at the USTB Gymnasium, Beijing. USA won the match 35-32 points.
30 October 2008
The shots of Einstein’s brain were taken in Mike Blow’s stonemasonry workshop in Bristol, 2007. I had been told that Mike had carved an exact replica of Einstein’s brain using original medical photographs as guidance.
9 October 2008
In 2003 I shot some material for “France” magazine in the Drome district. My daughter was employed in Grenoble at the time and took us for lunch to St.Hilaire du Trouvet where the Coupe Icare was just finishing.
25 September 2008
I took this picture when I was following the RAF MERT services. During the period I was with them, except for two ANA soldiers, all the casualties we picked up were Afghan civilians – and of these, all women and babies.
18 September 2008
I shot this portrait earlier this year whilst working for the homeless charity Crisis.
11 September 2008
This picture was part of a commission from Renfrewshire Council in west Scotland. As part of this commission I went out to Bo’ness, near Falkirk and visited the Ian Ballantynes’ Iron Foundry where they cast specialised iron works.
4 September 2008
Charles Mcdowel pushes Pop Vincent into a pond during the Martin Betts Dance at a party at Ascot.
25 July 2008
I was asked to come up with a location to place some freight lorries for a multi use PR shot and decided on the Severn Bridge with its striking cables.
17 July 2008
Pro-hunt campaigners dump a dead horse in the streets of Brighton.
10 July 2008
It is two pm in the unforgiving tropical heat as the young novice monks lie quietly on their horses in a mountain stream, high up on the Thai/Burmese border, but their daily rituals begin much earlier.
4 July 2008
June marks the beginning of the Monsoon season in India. In 2005, Mumbai, like the rest of the country, had just endured a particularly long and harsh summer.
26 June 2008
These photographs are part of an eight image, one room set commissioned by UK interiors magazine KBB with stylist Tamsin Weston, for their May 2008 issue.
12 June 2008
This was one of the occasions when all the right elements snap into view and you are at the right place and time to see it coming.
5 June 2008
While photographing a fashion shoot, my model mentioned that she was going to see a boxing match that evening. Thinking it would be interesting to photograph, I went with her and organised a press pass very quickly.
29 May 2008
I was on assignment with UNICEF in Sri Lanka, working on a project titled Emergency Education, which looked at how children in conflict areas receive education and is to be exhibited in New York.
22 May 2008
2007 was the year that climate change hit the headlines, spurred on by the week long Camp for Climate Action on the edge of Heathrow airport.
15 May 2008
This image actually wasn’t really supposed to have been taken at all. I’m always looking for extra income streams wherever I can find them.
8 May 2008
This photograph was a grab shot taken in March 2005. I was in Iraq, a guest of the British Army, and was out with members of the Royal Dragoon Guards, who were using armoured Landover’s to patrol the area of Umm Qasr.
28 April 2008
Most regions of the world contain caves (and the UK and Ireland are riddled with them), so that side-trips when shooting stock become a relatively easy thing to arrange.
17 April 2008
This image is from an ongoing project on the varied directions that research into Alzheimer’s Disease is taking, and shows the brain of a recently deceased person before slicing and storage in a container in the South Western Brain Bank, which acts as a resource for research into dementia.
10 April 2008
This picture came from one of Tony Blair’s last speaking engagements as PM last year. However, it has never seen the light of day until now. I was doing a PR job for an organisation hosting a breakfast meeting where an invited audience was given the opportunity to question the PM on policy.
4 April 2008
I photographed this boy in the playground of a youth centre run by Nicaragua’s YMCA – supported by the London-based charity Y Care International – in Managua.
27 March 2008
I’ve been collaborating with the writer Alain de Botton on his next book of essays and photography about the world of Work for which this picture of an accountants’ academy day was taken.
13 March 2008
This image is from an Arts and Business re-generation commission that I’ve been working on for four years, it’s been a long, slow project as it began with an old Bedford Truck factory before demolishment.
6 March 2008
This photograph was originally shot on assignment for Time Magazine.
28 February 2008
This image, photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt, was taken in the days of film, when the biggest limitation to the underwater photographer was being limited to just 36 exposures because, unlike top-side photography, you can’t change films underwater.
21 February 2008
A Jesus Army elder facilitates the Baptism of an Iranian asylum seeker in the River Wharf, North Yorkshire. Many persecuted Christians from across the globe have found refuge in the Jesus Army.
14 February 2008
Oldest Bikers – Mark Bourdillon, 2007
Photographer since 1978, EPUk member since 2000
7 February 2008
Islamic body hunters – Wade Laube, 2004
Photographer since 2001, EPUk member since 2007
31 January 2008
Winging it – Simon Price, 2006
Photographer since 1988, EPUk member since 2006
24 January 2008
The First Goal – Colin McPherson, 2007
Photographer since 1988, EPUK member since 2005
17 January 2008
Robbie Williams – Lenny Warren, 2006
Photographer since 1987, EPUK member since 2006
11 January 2008
Red Fern – Chris McNulty, 2007
Photographer since 2004, EPUK member since 2005
4 January 2008
Greenlandic Arctic – Nick Cobbing, 2007
Photographer since 1998, EPUk member since 1999
20 December 2007
Arranmore Island – John Rafferty, 2006
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2007
14 December 2007
Broadzilla – Karen McBride, 2004
Photographer since 1999, EPUk member since 2007
6 December 2007
Remembering a victim of AIDS – Tony Sleep, 1996
Photographer since 1980, EPUk member since 1999
29 November 2007
Fast Footwork – Richard Tatham, 2006
Photographer since 2004, EPUk member since 2006
22 November 2007
Michael Jackson at Harrods – John Ferguson, 2006
Photographer since 1984, EPUk member since 2004
16 November 2007
Newberry School of Beauty – Paul Debois, 1990
Photographer since 1979, EPUK member since 2005
1 November 2007
Jumping Spider – Geoff Doré, 1980
Photographer since 1988, EPUk member since 2001
25 October 2007
Restaurant Chef – Larry Herman, 2006
Photographer since 1971, EPUk member since 2004
18 October 2007
Inner Mongolia – Tom Parker, 2005
Photographer since 2003, EPUk member since 2004
11 October 2007
Burmese tattoo ink – Vicky Bamforth, 2005
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2006.
4 October 2007
Stable Mistress, Deen City Farm – Jon Gee, 2007
Photographer since 2006, Epuk member since 2007
27 September 2007
Ascent of the White-tailed Eagle – Chris Gomersall, 2000
Photographer since 1984, EPUK member since 2001
20 September 2007
Wee Man in a Vacuum, Malcolm Cochrane – 2007
Photographer since 1995, EPUK member since 2000
13 September 2007
Artificial uterus – Tom Wagner, 1997
Photographer since 1985, EPUK member since 2001
6 September 2007
T in the Park – Fraser Band, 2007
Photographer since 1997, EPUk member since 2004
30 August 2007
BMW M3 – Neill Watson, 2007
Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2003
23 August 2007
Igloo – Anna Watson, 2007
Photographer since 2001, EPUK member since 2004
16 August 2007
Coniston, Lake District – Jon Sparks, 2007
Photographer since 1994, EPUK member since 2003
9 August 2007
The Women – Stephen Power, 2007
Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2006
3 August 2007
Shaped by Fate – Adam Gasson, 2005
Photographer since 2006, EPUk member since 2007
26 July 2007
Tear-gas rains on firefighters – David Brabyn, 2004
Photographer since 2004, EPUk member since 2004
19 July 2007
Injection – Helen Stone, 1997
Photographer since 1991, EPUK member since 2007
12 July 2007
Ali al Salem, Kuwait – Ross Pierson, 1999
Photographer since 2005, EPUk member since 2007
5 July 2007
Rubbish dump, Cambodia – Dan White, 2000
Photographer since 1990, EPUK member since 2001
28 June 2007
Cargolifter Airship Hangar, Germany – Will Pryce, 2006
Photographer since 2000, EPUk member since 2006
21 June 2007
American actor Tim Robbins – Charlie Hopkinson, 2004
Photographer since 1990, EPUk member since 2007
14 June 2007
Danish ceramicist – James Winspear, 2006
Photographer since 1997, EPUK member since 2006
8 June 2007
Yeltsin at Downing Street – John Chapman, 1990
Photographer since 1979, EPUK member since 2006
1 June 2007
Bottlewomen – Clive Evans, 2005.
Photographer since 1970, EPUK member since 2004.
24 May 2007
Will and Brian – Gavin Wright, 2002.
Photographer since 2003, EPUK member since 2006.
17 May 2007
Wez – Ben Roberts, 2007.
Photographer since 2006, EPUK member since 2007.
10 May 2007
Bedford Bodies – Ian Miles, 2001
Photographer since 1988, EPUK member since 2003.
4 May 2007
Afghan Child – Theodore Liasi, 1995.
Photographer since 1986, EPUK member since 2007.
26 April 2007
Tom Morello – Laurence Baker, 2005
Photographer since 1993, EPUK member since 2007.
19 April 2007
Family – Sheila Atter, 2006.
Photographer since 1965, EPUK member since 2003.
12 April 2007
Whitechapel High Street – David Cowlard, 1999.
Photographer since 1996, EPUK member since 2007.
5 April 2007
A hurdle too far – Stuart Saunders, 1998.
Photographer since 1997, EPUK member since 2006.
29 March 2007
NorthernLights – Simon Brown, 2005.
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2006.
22 March 2007
Darklight Rite – Sarah Lucy Brown, 2007.
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2006.
15 March 2007
A Widow of Vrindavan – Gavin Gough, 2006.
Photographer since 2004, EPUK member since 2006.
8 March 2007
Nablus protestor – Antonio Olmos, 2000
Photographer since 1988, EPUK member since 1999.
1 March 2007
Cholera – George S de Blonsky, 2005.
Photographer since 1998, EPUK member since 2006.
22 February 2007
Hand of Fatima – Vince Bevan, 1990
Photographer since 1984, EPUK member since 2002.
15 February 2007
On a Shout – John Callan, 2006.
Photographer since 1980, EPUK member since 1999.
8 February 2007
Heath – Andy Scaysbrook, 1992.
Photographer since 1985, EPUK member since 2006.
1 February 2007
Paris Match – Justin Leighton, 1995
Photographer since 1988, EPUK member since 2002
25 January 2007
Keef 1981 – George Chin
Photographer since 1979, EPUK member since 2006.
18 January 2007
Portobello Beach – Huntley Headworth, 1999
Photographer since 1986, EPUK member since 2005.
11 January 2007
Dancing Fairy – Philippe Hays, 2000
Photographer since 1994, EPUK member since 2001.
21 December 2006
Revolution Square Santa – Jeremy Nicholl, 1995
Photographer since 1981, EPUK member since 1999.
14 December 2006
Cluster Bomb Victim – Andrew McConnell, 2005
Photographer since 2000, EPUK member since 2006
7 December 2006
Omani Musicians – Jason Larkin, 2006.
Photographer since 2004, EPUK member since 2006.
30 November 2006
Amsterdam – Mykel Nicolaou, 2000.
Photographer since 1993, EPUK member since 2000.
23 November 2006
Dougy – Tim Foster, 2004.
Photographer since 2000, EPUK member since 2006.
16 November 2006
Vic – Neil Turner, 2006.
Photographer since 1986, founder member of EPUK, 1999.
9 November 2006
Duck Dive – Simon Brown, 2006.
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2006.
2 November 2006
Mumbai Children – Brian Harris, 2006.
Photographer since 1969, EPUK member since 1999.
26 October 2006
Sudan – Richard Hanson, 1996.
Photographer since 1990, EPUK member since 2002.
19 October 2006
Bob, Rod and Don – Drew Farrell, 1993.
Photographer since 1990, EPUK member since 2000.
12 October 2006
Fans – Bettina Strenske, 2006.
Photographer since 2005, EPUK Member since 2006.
5 October 2006
Roddick – Malcolm Case-Green, 2005
Photographer since 1982, EPUK member since 2002.
28 September 2006
Archbishop – Martin Beddall, 1992.
Photographer since 1991, EPUK member since 2001.
21 September 2006
Botswana – Lottie Davies, 2005.
Photographer since 2000, EPUK member since 2006.
14 September 2006
Phil the Greek – Thomas Main, 2005.
Photographer since 1993, EPUK member since 2004.
7 September 2006
Road to St Catherine’s – Emma Peios, 2005
Photographer since 1996, EPUK member since 2003
31 August 2006
Street fight – Carl Rose, 2003
Photographer since 2003, EPUK member since 2005.
24 August 2006
1700 – Kobi Israel, 2005.
Photographer since 1996, EPUK member since 2006.
17 August 2006
RSC – Pascal Molliere, 2006
Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2005.
10 August 2006
Dhaka – Jiri Rezac, 2005.
Photographer since 1994, EPUK member since 2000.
3 August 2006
Notting Hill – Lynn Hilton, 1995
Photographer since 1983, EPUK member since 2006.
27 July 2006
Veteran – Stuart Griffiths, 2006
Photographer since 1998, EPUK member since 2002.
20 July 2006
Carroll – James Cheadle, 2005
Photographer since 1991, EPUK member since 2003.
6 July 2006
Tu Bishvat – Andy Aitchison, 2005
Photographer since 1994, EPUK member since 2002.
29 June 2006
Mongolian Army Crowd Control, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2001
Photographer since 1989, EPUK member since 2000
22 June 2006
Piano Man – Alan Barton, 2006.
Photographer since 1982, EPUK member since 2005.
15 June 2006
Poll Tax – David Hoffman, 1990
Photographer since 1976, EPUK member since 1999.
8 June 2006
Katsuaki Watanabe, Charles Best – 2005
Photographer since 1985, EPUK member since 2002
1 June 2006
Wipeout- Ashley Coombes, 2001
Photographer since 1993 EPUK member since 2002.
24 May 2006
On the ball- Terry Harris, 2005
Photographer since 2005, EPUK member since 2006.
18 May 2006
Night Riders- Seb Rogers, 2006
Photographer since 1996, EPUK member since 2003.
11 May 2006
Akha – Michael Freeman, 1979
Photographer since 1973, EPUK member since 2001.
4 May 2006
Maryhill Teenagers- Nick McGowan-Lowe , 1995
Photographer since 1996, EPUK member since 2000.
27 April 2006
Whisky- Ralph Hodgson, 2001
Photographer since 1991, EPUK member since 2000
20 April 2006
Diving – Annette Price, 2004
Photographer since 1988, EPUK member since 2001
13 April 2006
Greenland- Nick Cobbing, 2005
Photographer since 1994, EPUK member since 2001
6 April 2006
Trinity- Jason Bye, 1997
Photographer since 1992. EPUK Member since 2004.
30 March 2006
Wessex Man- Graham Trott, 1992
Photographer since 1974, and founding member of EPUK in 1999.
23 March 2006
On April 7th 2001 I was on shift for the News of the World to cover a march by supporters of the BNP in the morning and, to make the day quite bizarre, a march in memory of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor in the afternoon.
16 March 2006
Not the big break or chance encounter, just one of those rare moments captured and still a favourite.
9 March 2006
This picture was taken on my first trip to New York in January 1999.
2 March 2006
I took this picture on the way back from a commission for a design company photographing a transport depot full of lorries in Northern Spain.
23 February 2006
This shot was taken on one of my very first commissions straight out of college. The shot wasn’t actually part of the commission but was taken at the end of the day before heading back to my B&B.
16 February 2006
The Telegraph Magazine had commissioned a series on provincial cities and I used to motor down to Salisbury and Southampton to catch the evening light.
9 February 2006
I was photographing a project in Namibia that uses guarding dogs to protect livestock and so protect predators, cheetahs included.
2 February 2006
This was a grab shot. I was chatting to a potential customer with the kite and camera rig flying overhead. As we spoke there was the noise of an eejit on a jet-ski roaring up the river and I turned the camera rig and took this photo, using the video down-link to time it so that his wake neatly matched the shape of the riverbank.
26 January 2006
This was taken back in 1992 when digital imaging (for me) was very much in its infancy. It was my first satisfying image scanned into my 180C laptop, using my Nikon scanner, (no not the Coolscan, the other one).
19 January 2006
2005 was my first year trading as a freelance photographer and I had an early evening commission to photograph the West Midlands equiveant of the Blackpool lights, the Walsall Illuminations
12 January 2006
Celebrity photographers can have an uneasy relationship with their subjects that swings between love and hate and vice-versa. Those with a story to sell need photographers but it’s never that simple.
4 January 2006
This is my mum and her Jack Russell Monty. Monty is a canine sociopath and is responsible for the death of at least one peacock – possibly more. I shot this one Xmas when I was playing around with a ringflash.