May 27, 2020
Roger Ballen on why lockdown has led him to start drawing for the first time since the 70s, thriving in chaos and confusion, documentary fiction, the recurring motifs in his work and being invigorated by his recent switch to colour digital after a life time of working on B&W film.
May 13, 2020
Tom Craig on distillation, creating a voice, diversity, resisiting pigeonholes and how a 'bolt from the blue' changed everything.
April 29, 2020
A special sampler of recent content from the member-only podcast, featuring Michal Iwanowski, Sian Davey and Ken Grant. Sign up for a 7 day free trial at
April 15, 2020
Ken Grant on buying a polaroid camera aged 12, taking a long time between shooting and making a book and why you should ‘rush slowly’.
April 1, 2020
Jon Tonks on his recent cruise ship experience, his book project Empire, enjoying the disconnect, using limitations to be more creative and justified naps.
March 18, 2020
I was very honoured that Ibarionex Perello Invited me to be his guest on his wonderful The Candid Frame podcast. I decided to cross-post the whole episode to A Small Voice, so that those of you who have not yet discovered it can get a flavour of the show. Enjoy!
March 4, 2020
Portait photographer Tom Oldham on self doubt, competitions, crooners and why his latest project is the best thing he’s ever done.
February 19, 2020
Michal Iwanowski on Brexit, being ‘broken’ by his M.A., his two epic photographic walks and how making a book nearly killed him.
February 5, 2020
Alys Tomlinson on earning a living, her year in New York, how winning the Sony Award changed her life and why she did took an anthropology MA specifically to help enrich her breakthrough photobook project, Ex Voto.
January 22, 2020
Ellie Davies on her recent ‘dry spell’, being in the woods, process, nest building, artist statements and how hearing the word ‘banal’ changed everything.
January 16, 2020
A brief special episode to officially announce the launch of a new A Small Voice subscriber-only edition of the podcast available every other week.
January 8, 2020
Amak Mahmoodian on why she grew up ‘really fast’, her books Shesnasnameh and Zanjir, the potential consequences of returning to Iran and the importance of poetry.
December 25, 2019
An end of year round-up of all the wonderful guest photographers who appeared on the podcast in 2019. Happy new year!
December 11, 2019
Lua Ribeira on the ‘snapshot’ aesthetic, rebelliousness, Noises In The Blood, and life as a Magnum Photos nominee
November 27, 2019
Nick Waplington on the Hackney Riviera, grammar school, the post-punk ethos, not having a plan B, being ‘on it’ and his “all day, every day practice”.
November 13, 2019
Anders Petersen on looking for the innocent child inside everybody, why questions are more interesting than the answers and the challenge of being ‘home blind’ when shooting the city you live in.
October 30, 2019
Dr. Daniel Meadows on boarding school, Butlins, buses, and how his entire archive went to the Bodleian.
October 16, 2019
David Moore on representation, the gulit-inducing, transgressive nature of documentary photography, his influential degree project, Pictures from the Real World and why 30 years after it, he wrote a piece of verbatim theatre to help him deal with his discomfort over all those things.
October 2, 2019
Lisa Barnard on how teaching keeps her mentally on her toes; growing up in the Thatcherite heartland; being an adventurist; why the more conceptual the connection is, the more excited she gets, and her new project about gold, The Canary and the Hammer.
September 18, 2019
Ian Weldon on his difficult childhood in care, joining the army, why he’s not a wedding photographer and how photography saved his life.
August 21, 2019
Mark Steinmetz on Garry Winogrand, earning a living, why he works in B&W, meditation and avoiding distractions.
August 7, 2019
A special report from this year’s 50th anniversary edition of the annual Rencontres d'Arles photo festival.
July 24, 2019
Magnum Photos associate member Sohrab Hura on being full of accidents, seeking instability, photography as therapy and visualising his work as a tree.
July 10, 2019
American photographer Ed Panar on speculative realism, the importance of walking, having $48 in his bank account and figuring out how to keep going no matter what.
June 26, 2019
Irina Rozovsky on using the iPhone, Israel, serendipity, her Balkan project and living in the south.
June 12, 2019
Esteemed British landscape and documentary photographer Simon Norfolk on how being married to a surgeon makes photography feel rather trivial, not wanting to do “any shite”, why his work is intensely English and not seeing a future for himself in photography.
May 29, 2019
Andrea Modica on the act sometimes being more important than the result, not being deterred by gender bias and getting ‘her hands in the clay’ with the 8x10 camera.
May 15, 2019
Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb on poetry, memory, book making and their long and abiding collaboration as both life and creative partners.
May 1, 2019
A special report from the 2019 chico portfolio review in Montana, USA.
April 17, 2019
American photographer Todd Hido on BMX, Larry Sultan, collaboration and the joy of being lost in the fog.
April 3, 2019
Nothern Irish artist Hannah Starkey on cinema, not wanting to be highbrow, growing up amid The Troubles and her hopes for her daughters.
March 20, 2019
Indian storyteller, artist and activist, Poulomi Basu, on growing up in Kolkata, French cinema, anxiety, virtual reality and that book prize controversy.
March 6, 2019
To mark the 100th episdode, it's... me! On the early days, first breaks, regrets, voice memos, the podcast and my long-term project: 'Indicative Only'.
February 20, 2019
Award-winning British photographer Zed Nelson on why he’s keeping shtum about his current project, Gun Nation, Love Me, The Family and whether there’s hope for the future of humanity.
February 6, 2019
Matthew Finn on discovering the astonishing truth about his father on the eve of his funeral, how his mum and uncle became his first subjects, love and guilt and why his School of Art project wouldn’t be possible now.
January 23, 2019
Chris Dorley-Brown on his distinctive composite photograpy technique, why he never feels like a pro and the time Henri Cartier Bresson broke his camera.
January 9, 2019
The Pulitzer Prize-winning American photojournalist and New York Times bestselling author on her new photobook Of Love & War, taking Jennifer Lawrence on assignment, her tendency for self-criticism and why she kept her pregnancy a secret for as long as possible.
December 26, 2018
An end of year round-up of all the fab guests who appeared on the podcast in 2018. Happy new year! THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB.
December 12, 2018
The legendary British social documentary photographer on living in the ‘ivory tower’ of Harvard University, his seminal photobook In Flagrante, how he narrowly avoided a career in hotel management, how persistence and a chance encounter in a pub opened the door to his Seacoal project and nailing the best omelette he ever made just when it really counted. EPISODE SPONSORED BY THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION AND THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB.
November 28, 2018
London-based photographer, animal lover, recent dad and Hoxton Mini Press head honcho Martin Usborne, on the economics of book publishing, dog projects and the challenges of photographing a cow with a 5x4 camera. EPISODE SPONSORED BY: THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION AND THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB
November 14, 2018
British documentary photographer, artist and mult-hyphenate, Leonie Hampton on starting at 7 years old, discovering the darkroom at boarding school, her book In The Shadow Of Things and channeling obsessive characteristics into creativity. EPISODE SPONSORED BY: THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION AND THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB
October 31, 2018
Martin Parr with a quick photobook trivia quiz and on his new Foundation, Magnum, his distinctive style and why he sold 12,000 photobooks to Tate Modern. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - the latest and greatest photobooks, expertly curated and delivered to you door with free shipping and no hassles. enter the annual CHICO HOT SPRINGS PORTFOLIO REVIEW AND CHARCOAL PUBLISHING PRIZE now at!! Very special listener offer: use code 'asmallvoice' to claim a previous book of the month of your choice for FREE when you join!! inform the mind, inspire the soul.
October 17, 2018
Canadian photographer Donald Weber on being told by a teacher that he sucked at photography, empathy, insecurity, War Sand and why he’ll never do another project like Interrogations again. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - the latest and greatest photobooks, expertly curated and delivered to you door with free shipping and no hassles. enter the annual CHICO HOT SPRINGS PORTFOLIO REVIEW AND CHARCOAL PUBLISHING PRIZE now at!! very special listener offer: use code 'asmallvoice' to claim a free book of your choice when you join!! inform the mind, inspire the soul.
October 3, 2018
British documentary photographer and NOOR collective member Alixandra Fazzina, on growing up a tomboy with an interest in conflict, learning the ropes in Bosnia as an official war artist, being held captive in Liberia and her book project about refugees and their traffickers, A Million Shillings: Escape From Somalia. This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - the latest and greatest photobooks, expertly curated and delivered to you door with free shipping and no hassles. enter the annual chico hot springs portfolio review and charcoal publishing prize now at!! very special listener offer: use code 'asmallvoice' to claim a free book of your choice when you join!! inform the mind, inspire the soul.
September 19, 2018
Swiss photographer / artist and VII Photos member Daniel Schwartz on using assignments to pursue personal projects, travelling the Great Wall of China, climate change, travels in central Asia and documenting the rapid melting of the world’s glaciers.
September 5, 2018
Esteemed South African portrait photographer Jillian Edelstein on being driven and dogged; the documentary she is making about Hollywood screenwriter Norman Wexler; her unpublished, family focussed book project Here And There; coming of age in Apartheid South Africa; shooting the The Truth and Reconcilliation Commission and how she had to rescue a ruined portrait session with Spike Lee. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!! INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL.
August 22, 2018
VII Photo Agency co-founder and world renowned war photographer Ron Haviv on his Lost Rolls project and the relationship between photography and memory; fear and the myth of the ‘adrenaline addicted’ war photographer; and being a human being first and a photographer second. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!! INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL.
August 8, 2018
John Stanmeyer is an award winning photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist who for over 20 years has worked in nearly 100 countries, documenting the social and political issues that define our times. For ten years, between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he produced 18 covers for them and photographed hundreds of stories, including the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. Since 2004 he has worked almost exclusively for National Geographic magazine, producing over 15 stories, including 10 covers. John is now an Emeritus member of the VII Photo agency which he co-founded in his living room in 2001 with six other of the world’s leading photojournalists. John is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal, POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year, and numerous World Press Photo, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received the National Magazine Award. In 2012 he was nominated for an Emmy with the documentary film series, Starved for Attention, and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for his photograph taken in Djibouti and titled Signal (above). John has published a number of books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropological look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island. John now lives on a farm in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with this wife, three children and two dogs. When not on the road he can be found at his gallery and coffeehouse which he opened in 2013, combining photography and education around his passion for great coffee, wrapping the two around ethically procured, human rights-based direct trade with the social issues represented in his photographs. In episode 085, John discusses, among other things: Social media = publishing Communication Workshops as dialogues Not seeing mistakes as mistakes Early years - art and fashion Discovering the ‘unfathomable power’ of reality The importance of the act of giving The unique ethos of National Geographic magazine Influences Mentioned: Helmut Newton Peter Lindbergh Albert Watson Arthur Elgort Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter “Photography is 99% problem solving and 1% photography wrapped around 100% serendipity and good luck.” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB- THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!! INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
July 25, 2018
An Iconic street photographer with a unique style, Magnum Photos member Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He went to Penn State University but he found his sociology courses too boring for his temperament and he quit college. Bruce briefly toyed with the idea of being an actor but in 1967, he decided to buy a camera and to become a photographer. Although he did attend some evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bruce mostly taught himself. HIs abiding fascination for life on the streets began in childhood and was the spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects, photographing in Coney Island and then during the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Over the years he has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France, Ireland, India, Russia, Japan, England and, of course, America. Since the seventies his work has been exhibited in museum and art galleries all over the world and is part of many collections. Bruce's trademark photographic style is defined by the dynamic accent of his pictures, its graphic qualities, and his original and in your face manner of shooting passers-by with a flash and often close in. Bruce has received many awards and grants for his work, including a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and has published 18 monographs of his work. He joined Magnum Photos in 1998 and having lived most of his life in Manhatten, now lives in Beacon, New York with his wife and three cats. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB- THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!! INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
July 11, 2018
Ed Kashi is a critically acclaimed, award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who for 40 years has dedicated himself to documenting many of the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of the VII Agency since 2010, Ed has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Ed is a mentor to students of photography and an active participant in forums and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography and multimedia. His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated eight books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, THREE, and Witness Number 8: Photojournalisms. In 2002, Ed, in partnership with his wife, the writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media, a non-profit company which has subsequently produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. They are currently engaged in a 5-year storytelling project with Rutgers University in Newark called Newest Americans, focused on immigration, for which they recently received a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In episode 083, Ed discusses, among other things: His early adoption of video in his storytelling Being all about the issues Hitting a Wall in Peru Using different parts of yourself Being 100% there Dealing with the emotional fallout Experience and image fatigue Being away for 8 months a year Witness Number 8: Photojournalisms Being a mentor and never having had one himself The importance of creating a body of work Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter “...I’m asking people who are sick to let me into there lives. Like, what an asshole if I do that and then I’m not 100% there! Because on some level those people don’t need another person with a camera. So I better have a damned good reason to be getting into their lives and then I need to treat that with dignity and respect and the sort of preciousness of this opportunity that they’re giving me. And if I’m not at 100%, there’s something not good about that.” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
June 27, 2018
This episode of A Small Voice celebrates the work and career of British photographer Vanessa Winship on the opening of And Time Folds, her first major UK solo exhibition now showing - in conjunction with a big retrospective of the work of Dorothea Lange - at London's Barbican Centre. You can hear Vanessa's earlier interview on Episode 3 of this podcast. Vanessa and I walked round the exhibition recording this chat as we went. Here, more or less, is how the Barbican introduces the show: Vanessa's poetic gaze explores the fragile nature of our landscape and society and how memory leaves its mark on our collective and individual histories. Vanessa's oeuvre captures the ‘transition between myth and the individual’, revealing deeply intimate photographs that often appear to avoid specific contexts or any immediate political significance. The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 150 photographs, many of which have never been seen before in the UK, as well as a collection of unseen archival material. Vanessa's practice focusses on the junction 'between chronicle and fiction, exploring ideas around concepts of borders, land, memory, desire, identity and history’. Having lived and worked in the region of the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus for more than a decade, her epic series' Imagined States and Desires: A Balkan Journey (1999–2003) and Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction (2002–2006) investigate notions of periphery and edge on the frontiers of Eastern Europe, displaying the human condition through a vulnerable, yet intentionally incomplete, narrative. Capturing fragmentary images of collective rituals, means of transport and leisure activities, she presents a frieze of the human landscape in these regions, expressing society’s relationship to the terrain while remaining remote from any precise geo-political or historical events... In episode 082, Vanessa and I talk about, among other things: Why the work also belongs to her creative and life partner George Georgiou (Ep. 2) Ismail Kadare and the oral tradition The inclusion of audio readings The importance to her of the written word What makes a 'good' portrait Serendipity Thinking about the sound in pictures Her very different new work from which the title of the exhibition is taken The book of the show, published by Mack Writers mentioned or influential: Ismail Kadare Strabo Neil Ascherson Richard Powers Truman Capote “People ofter say to me “oh your work is timeless” and in a certain way that’s how people read it, but actually it’s more about the folding of time; the here and now, but the going backwards and forwards and the doubling and the extending of time, the cycles of life.” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE COPY OF 'AND TIME FOLDS' BY VANESSA WINSHIP WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
June 13, 2018
Documentary photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 67 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants. In 2013, Maggie was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine, publishing a book and touring an exhibition in five American cities. More recently, she was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Grant for her current project, The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma in which her dark alter-ego in an alternate universe where anything is possible and all ideas and characters are welcome. For over three decades, Maggie has worked in Haiti documenting the history and culture of the Haitian people. Her essays on Haiti have appeared in The New York Times and she has a monograph published by Aperture titled Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti. Steber has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer Prize. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Library and in private collections. She has exhibited internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and many other. Maggie is a member of VII Photos. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
May 30, 2018
This is the annual Photo London Special covering various shenanigans amid what is effectively a big industry trade fair at which galleries from around the world gather to sell prints, photographers with books to flog do signings for their fans and the mega famous have major exhibitions and take part in panel discussions or give talks and presentations. Episode 080, features (In order of appearance): Julia Fullerton Batten (Ep. 060) Alys Tomlinson Niall McDiarmid (Ep. 018) Harry Borden (Ep. 015 & 016) Annie Collinge (Ep. 049) Muir Vidler (Ep. 059) Tom Craig George Georgiou (Ep. 002) Vanessa Winship (Ep. 003) David Monteleone Stuart Freedman (Ep. 007) Sooanne Berners from Mack Boooks Peter Bialobrzeski Tom Broadbent Jenny Lewis (Ep. 064) Olly Paisley Terry O’Neill Sian Davey (Ep. 066) Rhiannon Adam (Ep. 079) Laura Pannack (Ep. 006) Mentioned: Rafal Milach (Ep. 076) BJP Bruce Gilden Dewi Lewis Hayahisa Tomiyasu Martin Kollar Stewart Smith Magnum Home Luke Willis Thompson Jo-Ann Calls Michael Hoppen Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
May 16, 2018
Rhiannon Adam was born in County Cork, Ireland and currently lives and works in London. She was educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and at the University of Cambridge, where she read English. Her work is heavily influenced by her peripatetic childhood spent at sea, sailing around the world with her parents. Something she talks about during our chat. Virtually no photographic evidence of this period in her life exists and that fact ignited an interest in the influence of photography on recall, the notion of the photograph as a physical object, and the image as an intersection between fact and fiction – themes that continue throughout her work. Her long-term projects straddle the boundary between art photography and social documentary, while subject matter is often focused on narratives relating to myth, loneliness, and the passage of time, particularly in relation to isolated communities. The results of these explorations are captured almost exclusively in ambient light through the hazy abstraction of degrading instant-film materials and colour negative film. In 2015, supported by the BBC and the Royal Geographical Society, Rhiannon travelled to the remote island community of Pitcairn in the South Pacific. Pitcairn measures just two miles by one mile and is home to just 42 British subjects, descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty. A decade ago, the island’s romantic image was tarnished by a string of high profile sexual abuse trials and, as a result, islanders are particularly reticent about accepting outsiders. With the duration of her trip dictated by the quarterly supply vessel, there would be no way off for three arduous months. Adam’s project is the first in-depth photographic project to take place on the island and is currently being exhibited at the Francesca Maffeo Gallery, in Leigh on sea, here in the U.K. until June 9th this year. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
May 2, 2018
Armenian photographer Anush Babajanyan is a member of the VII Photo Agency. Her work is focussed on social narratives related to women, issues of minorities, and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among other subjects. In addition to working extensively in the Caucuses, she continues to photograph in Turkey, the Middle East and West Africa. Much of Anush’s recent activity has been dedicated to peace building processes between Armenia and Turkey. In 2016, she co-founded the #BridgingStories project that brought together young photographers from Turkey and Armenia, in an effort to build peace between the two nations. Before joining VII, Anush co-founded and was a member of women photographers’ collective 4Plus. She received a grant from the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project in 2013 to assist with her continuing work between Armenia and Turkey and her photography has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Foreign Policy Magazine, and various other international publications. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
April 18, 2018
Nichole Sobecki is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is represented internationally by the photo agency VII. Nichole graduated from Tufts University before beginning her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015 Nichole led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau, and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others. Nichole sits on the board of Tufts University’s Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, founded by Gary Knight. She is also a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images — everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased. Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity. She has completed assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Le Monde, and her work has been exhibited internationally. In episode 077, Nichole discusses, among other things: Diversity within the industry South Sudan Climate For Conflict Westgate Mall terrorist attack SoThe story behind the image above Income Pie Chart Working in Africa and resisting visual clichés Tips on funding work Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram “To be successful today, in this moment, in this field, I think you have to have a deeper understanding that this is your business. That while you are a creative person in this space this is also your business and to think about it in those terms. But then you also have to shift away from that and say what stories do I want to be telling and how do I want to be telling them... ” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
April 4, 2018
Polish photographer and visual artist Rafał Milach's work focuses on topics related to the transformation of the former Eastern Bloc. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and the The First March of Gentlemen. Rafał has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Magnum Foundation, and the European Cultural Foundation. He was a winner of the World Press Photo competition and is currently a finalist in the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for 2018. Rafał is a co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective. His works have been widely exhibited in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark). In episode 076, Rafal discusses, among other things: Growing up in communist Poland Graphic design to photography - love at first sight 7 rooms In the car with R The importance of failure The first march of gentlemen Refusal Collaborating with his wife, book designer Ania Nałęcka The importance of experimentation and persistence Mentioned: Adam Broomberg Website | Facebook | Instagram “Searching for solutions is much more interesting than finding them. It’s a process of struggle but it’s a process of inspiration as well.” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
March 21, 2018
Matt Black is an associate member of Magnum Photos whose work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture, and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico. He has photographed over one hundred communities across 44 U.S. states for his project The Geography of Poverty. Other recent works include The Dry Land, about the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities, and The Monster in the Mountains, about the disappearance of 43 students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker. Matt is a contributor to the @everydayusa photographers’ collective and has produced video pieces for, Orion Magazine, and The New Yorker. He has taught photography with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop, Leica Fotografie International, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Anastasia Photo gallery in New York represents his prints. He became a Magnum nominee in 2015 and an Associate Member in 2017. He was named as Time's Instagram Photographer of the Year in 2014 having only started using the platform the previous year. He received the W. Eugene Smith Award in 2015. In 2016, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was named a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective. His work has also been honored by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and others. In episode 075, Matt discusses, among other things: Working on home soil in ‘the other California’, The Central Valley His newspaper apprenticeship - "a wonderful introduction" to what he would end up doing... Personal projects - deciding if he couldn’t do it on his terms he didn’t want to do it at all His transition from film to digital The Geography of Poverty Editing and sequencing The Monster in the Mountains How he creates his distinctive aesthetic Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram “To me at this point, what photography is about, the only thing I care about when it comes to my work or other people’s work is ‘what is this person trying to say?’, ‘what lies behind all this?’. That’s what I respond to in work is, ‘what is this person trying to say and is it being done honestly or is their something deceptive about it or is there some kind of corner cutting or is it too clever? Those are the things that influence me. It doesn’t matter [whether it’s] colour, black and white, digital, conceptual, documentary. It’s the spirit behind it that moves me.” THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
March 7, 2018
Eanna de Freine is an Irish photographer now based in Berlin, Germany and formerly in London, UK (2011-2012), Taipei, Taiwan (2013-2014) and Osaka, Japan (2015-2017). His work focuses on our urban experiences. Eanna attended Goldsmiths's College, London, and received an M.A. in Photography & Urban Cultures. In 2011, he founded The Velvet Cell, an independent photobook publisher with a specific focus on projects that explore urbanism, architecture and our modern way of living in cities. To date The Velvet Cell has published over 60 books - including Eanna's Tales From Beneath The Arches and several of his others - by both up and coming photographers and seasoned experts such as Peter Bialobrzeski, Toshio Shibata, Greg Girard and Alexander Gronsky. Eanna works closely with each artist and usually designs the books himself. In 2017, Eanna wrote and published for free the Indie Photobook Publishing Guide, aimed at teaching others all he has learnt in his years of book publishing.
February 21, 2018
This is part two of a two part chat with Dr. Paul Lowe. Paul is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Before elected to put his cameras away in favour of a life in academia, Paul was an award-winning news and documentary photographer with several World Press Photo awards under his belt and many years of experience covering breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian revolution, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny during the conflict in Chechnya. His pictures have appeared in such esteemed publications as TIME, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst others. His book, Bosnians, documenting 10 years of the war and post-war situation in Bosnia, was published in April 2005 by Saqi books. His research interest focuses on the photography of conflict, and he has contributed chapters to the books Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (Reaktion, 2012) and Photography and Conflict. His most recent books include Photography Masterclass (buy on Amazon) published by Thames and Hudson, and Understanding Photojournalism, co-authored with Dr. Jenny Good, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press (Buy on Amazon). THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A 10% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
February 7, 2018
Tom Hunter describes himself as an artist using photography and film. He lives in the borough of Hackney in East London, a place which for 25 years has provided both the inspiration and the subject matter for much of his work. Tom is Professor of Photography at the London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London. He has earned several awards during his career, his latest being in 2016, the Rose Award for Photography at the Royal Academy, London. Tom graduated from the London College of Printing in 1994 with his work The Ghetto, which was acquired by the Museum of London where it remains on permanent display. He studied for his MA at the Royal College of Art, where, in 1996, he was awarded the Photography Prize by Fuji Film for his series Travellers. In 1998 his picture Woman Reading a Possession Order from his series Persons Unknown, won the Photographic Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2006 Tom became the only artist to have a solo photography show at the National Gallery, London with his series Living in Hell and Other Stories. Tom Hunter’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major solo and group shows and he has published six books including, Le Crowbar (Here Press 2013) and The Way Home (Hatje Cantz, 2012). Tom has been commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His works are in many collections around the world including; MOMA, New York, The V&A, London, Tate Modern and The Smithsonian, Washington. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A 10% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU JOIN!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
January 24, 2018
This is part one of a two part chat with Dr. Paul Lowe. Paul is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Before elected to put his cameras away in favour of a life in academia, Paul was an award-winning news and documentary photographer with several World Press Photo awards under his belt and many years of experience covering breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian revolution, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny during the conflict in Chechnya. His pictures have appeared in such esteemed publications as TIME, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst others. His book, Bosnians, documenting 10 years of the war and post-war situation in Bosnia, was published in April 2005 by Saqi books. His research interest focuses on the photography of conflict, and he has contributed chapters to the books Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (Reaktion, 2012) and Photography and Conflict. His most recent books include Photography Masterclass (buy on Amazon) published by Thames and Hudson, and Understanding Photojournalism, co-authored with Dr. Jenny Good, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press (Buy on Amazon). THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE PHOTOBOOK WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
January 10, 2018
Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas, USA. In 2000, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine, he boarded a small wooden boat with 44 Haitians trying to sail to America. The boat sank in the Caribbean. The photographs earned Christopher the Robert Capa Gold Medal and marked the beginning of a 10 period as a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. In 2011 he became New York Magazine’s first ever Photographer in Residence. Christopher joined Magnum Photos in 2005, he is the author of four monographs and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB - THE LATEST AND GREATEST PHOTOBOOKS, EXPERTLY CURATED AND DELIVERED TO YOU DOOR WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO HASSLES. \*\*VERY SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER\*\* USE CODE 'ASMALLVOICE' TO CLAIM A FREE PHOTOBOOK WHEN YOU JOIN!!! - INFORM THE MIND, INSPIRE THE SOUL
December 27, 2017
Matt Writtle is a documentary and portrait photographer from the Black Country in the English Midlands, now based in London. His practise is focused on “giving a voice to the person who is rarely heard, showing a fresh side to a face that we are weary of seeing, or revealing a world that we never new existed.” Matt recently published his first photobook, Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England. The project documents how people living in England spend their time on this traditional day of rest and challenges the viewer to question the value of leisure time in a digital and consumerist culture: “Sundays evolve as we age; our childhood memories are often held dear and as adults, we associate Sunday with the chance to relax and switch off from work and the world. However, the last few decades have seen a huge shift away from traditional churchgoing, while consumerism and digital culture have changed the way we use our time. So what impact have these changes had on our ability to relax and be with ourselves? And how does the way we spend our leisure time reflect the nature of society in 21st century England?” This conversation with Matt - informally entitled (by me) Zen And The Art Of Self Publishing A Photobook Without Losing Your Sanity Of Your Sense Of Humour was recorded (by him) in front of a live audience at the A Side, B Side Gallery in Hackney, east London where Matt was exhibiting a small selection of prints from the series. In Episode 069, Matt discusses, among other things: The genesis of the project Editing Sequencing Doing a book making workshop Funding via Kickstarter Book design Decisions about printing Using a professional PR person, Iliana Taliotis The importance of a dedicated website With contributions from John Angerson Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | The Book
December 13, 2017
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photographer who for the past decade has worked for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war for a decade. She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016 and recently finished a year of research at the university on war, and how we tell stories about modern conflict. Anastasia is also currently a Logan Fellow at The Carey Institute for Global Good where she is working on a book about the visual representation of contemporary warfare and the photojournalists who cover it. She is also a TED fellow. Anastasia has written about her experiences as a photojournalist for The New York Times, TIME LightBox, Nieman Reports and National Geographic. As a photographic storyteller, her focus has been on long-form narrative reportage for monthly magazines. She is a National Geographic Magazine contributor and her other clients include Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian. Her first book MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST books the same year. Anastasia’s work has been exhibited internationally, in spaces such as The Saatchi Gallery, The Frontline Club, and The National Portrait Gallery in London, SIDE gallery in Newcastle, Fovea Exhibitions in New York, Pikto Gallery in Toronto and The New Mexico Museum of Modern Art in Santa Fe. A wide variety of organizations have recognized and supported her projects through awards such as the POYi, Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Bursaries and the FNAC Grant at Visa Pour L’Image. Anastasia has a BA degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales Newport and an MA from the London College of Communication. She is regularly engaged with education, teaching at leading universities in Europe and the USA, including at MIT, Harvard and Columbia University. In Episode 068, Anastasia discusses, among other things: Photographing the Rohingya refugee crisis Instagram and socail media Her unconventional gypsy upbringing Sexism within the photo world Peshmerga project Studying the way we tell stories about war and conflict Russia and Ukraine and her very useful friend Camilla Naprous (with whom she is making a book) Recycling a 'failed' idea to create her successful Maidan Square project Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram “I do make photographs for a whole host of different reasons but one of them is also because this is the life that I’ve chosen for myself, and its beyond a job or a career. and it’s how I want to live and experience the world...”
November 29, 2017
Back in the mid-nineties, a young Chris Floyd, in the early stages of his photographic career, was offered the opportunity to go to the USA for the first time by a brand new British magazine called Loaded. The one week assignment was to shoot an up and coming band from the north of England called The Verve and not surprisingly Chris jumped at the chance. Thus began a working relationship for which Chris was given complete access to the band during their meteoric rise to huge global success from late 1996 to 1997, when he documented the recording, touring and promotion of their era-defining album Urban Hymns (which remains one of the biggest selling British albums of all time) until the band, in time honoured rock n roll fashion, split up at the height of their success. Twenty years later Chris has published a book of the photographs he took during that time, published by Reel Art Press. As well as being a document of these events, the book is a celebration of what it meant to be young in the last moments of societal unself-awareness, before the explosion of the internet and social media, and it includes a section dedicated to people’s memories of 1997. Chris reflects, “For a while it felt like being at the centre of the universe. ... We were in a brief golden era, when it looked like the world was unshackling itself and beginning to develop a more advanced and progressive attitude. We seemed to be in a decade that had taken a holiday from history. I am grateful and thankful that I got to live out my twenties in such a fertile, peaceful and creative period.” Michael Holden writes in his introduction, “Those years, it turns out, were the twilight of analogue consciousness and certain seeming certainties about the world at large. Whatever we are now, we were not then. This isn’t just the everyday past we’re looking at, but another planet.” The release of the book was accompanied by an exhibition at the Art Space Bermondsey Project in London, where we recorded this conversation in front of a live audience comprised of both photography enthusiasts and loyal fans of the band.
November 15, 2017
Sian Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy who had a successful career as a psychotherapist for many years before deciding to jack it all in and pursue a new career in photography which so far, to all intents and purposes, appears to be going swimmingly. Her work is an investigation of the psychological landscapes of herself, her family and her community, all of which are central to her practice. Her first series focussed on her young daughter Alice, who she started photographing at the age of one. The project was eventually published as a book by Trolley Books entitled Looking for Alice which was shortlisted for the Aperture Best Book Award at Paris Photo 2016. Her most recent series Martha focussing on her teenage step-daughter and grew as a response to her question to Sian: 'why don't you photograph me anymore?' So Sian did - turning her lens on Martha and her friends to produce an intimate collaboration. Sian has recently completed her MA and MFA in photography. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Arnold Newman Award for New Directions in Portraiture and the Prix Virginia Woman's Photography Award. Her work was included in the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Portrait Award for the last three consecutive years. She is represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
November 1, 2017
Magda Rakita is a documentary photographer and non-fiction storyteller whose work employs not only photography but multimedia presentations, participatory projects and writing. She works with the media and various NGO’s worldwide and her personal projects focus on health and social issues affecting women, children and the older generation. In 2013 she completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, graduating with a distinction and since then has produced stories from, among other places, Liberia and Afghanistan. Her work has been exhibited internationally, has gained recognition in several international competitions and was included in the recent Thames & Hudson book featuring a selection of today's outstanding women practitioners, Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now. Magda is currently working on a book project entitled One Point Seven, which will feature the stories of a few of the 1.7% of the world’s population that have some intersex traits, of which Magda is one. She was diagnosed at 15, took a further 15 years to find a support group and quite recently began talking openly about the subject for the first time. She lives in Cambridge, England.
October 18, 2017
Jenny Lewis grew up in Essex in the South East of England, went up north to Lancashire to take a degree in fine art at Preston University and moved back south to London where she got a badly paid job at Metro, one of London’s major photographic labs. It was here that her early photographic education began, spending her days producing and then examining hundreds of contact sheets from a diverse range of professional photographers. She also made the other kind of contacts within the London photo community, which allowed her to transition into assisting and eventually into becoming a jobbing editorial photographer, shooting mainly portraits for a variety of national newspapers and magazines. Alongside that work, which she continues to this day, Jenny pursues a range of personal work, much of which centres on her experience of living and working in the east London borough of Hackney which has now been her beloved home for 20 years. Two of these personal projects have been published as books by Hoxton Mini Press: One Day Young, captures mothers and their newborn babies within the first 24 hours of birth, and Hackney Studios, featuring environmental portraits of the network of creatives who live and work alongside her in the borough. One of Jenny’s recent portraits, featuring Corrine, a survivor of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire (above), was selected for inclusion in the current nationwide exhibition Portrait of Britain.
October 4, 2017
Throughout the 90's, Giles Duley, worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he decided to abandon photography and left London, worked in a pub and eventually began work as a full-time carer. It was in this role that he rediscovered his craft and its power to tell the stories of those without a voice. In 2000, he returned to photography, personally funding trips to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world. In 2011, Giles lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan whilst on a routine patrol with troops from the 1st Squadron of the 75th Cavalry Regiment of the U..S. Army. Very few people exppected him to live. And when he did he was told he would never walk again and that his career was over. However, characteristically stubborn, Duley told his doctors “I’m still a photographer”, and returned to work in Afghanistan less than 18 months later, after a long and arduous process of rehabilitation involving continuous operations, over 30 in all. Giles has since documented stories in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iraq and Jordan amongst others. His return to Afghanistan was the feature of the award-winning documentary, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline. His work has since been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, and he has talked about his experiences on television, radio and at several international and national events. His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012. Giles is a Trustee for the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way. In 2013, he won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2016 he was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East, the result of which was the book I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See. By June 2017 Gile had already travelled to over a dozen countries in the continuation of his project Legacy of War, a five year undertaking exploring the long-term, global effects of conflict which Giles sees as his defining work to date. GILES HAS A SOLO EXHIBITION (AND SUPPER CLUB!) ON NOW - OCT 4TH TO OCT 15TH - AT THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY IN LONDON. DETAILS HERE. “You know, you spend a year in hospital, you lose a year of your life, you think you may never walk again, you may never even step out in the sunshine again. When everything’s taken away from you, what you get given back feels more precious than ever. And so all those things that we take for granted, the simple things in life, meant everything. And for me photography is in my core…”
September 20, 2017
Finbarr O'Reilly spent 12 years as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer based in West and Central Africa and won the 2006 World Press Photo of the Year. His coverage of conflicts and social issues across Africa has earned him numerous awards from the National Press Photographer's Association and Pictures of the Year International for both his multimedia work and photography, which has been exhibited internationally. Finbarr was based in Senegal for 8 years, spent two years living in Congo and Rwanda and his multimedia exhibition Congo on the Wire debuted at the 2008 Bayeux War Correspondent's Festival before then travelling to Canada and the US. Finbarr embedded regularly with coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan between 2008-2011 before moving to Israel in 2014, where he covered the summer war in Gaza. He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a writer in residence at the Carey Institute for Global Good, a 2015 Yale World Fellow, a 2014 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, and a 2013 Harvard Nieman Fellow. He is among those profiled in Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, a documentary film about the psychological costs of covering war. Earlier this year, Finbarr, along with co-author, retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Thomas James Brennan (pictured above on the left, shortly after suffering severe concussion from an RPG round explosion), published a joint memoir with Penguin Random House about their experiences in Afghanistan entitled Shooting Ghosts. Their story about the unpredictability of war and its aftermath is told in alternating first-person narratives, and explores the things they’ve seen and done, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centres. Finbarr is currently based in London.
September 6, 2017
Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 and grew up in the neighbouring Black Country, in the English midlands. He started his working life at 16 working in a factory, where he remained for 5 years, before finally making his escape to Manchester Polytechnic where he took a degree in photography, shortly after which he left for London in pursuit of a photographic career as a fashion photographer. It was there that he met and was mentored by Roland Schenk, the charismatic art director on Management Today magazine, who offered him a job as a corporate photographer. The rest, as they say, is history. Brian was later considered 'the photographer of the decade' by the Guardian Newspaper in 1989; 'the most unpredictable and influential British portrait photographer of the last decades' by the British Journal of Photography in 2005 and 'one of Britain’s most influential photographers' by the World Photography Organisation in 2015. In 1991, his book Work was awarded the ‘Best Photography Book in the World’ prize at Barcelona Primavera Fotografica. Brian is patron of the Format Photography Festival in Derby; in September 2013, he received the ‘Centenary Medal’ from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography; and in 2014 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University. Brian Griffin’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of many major art institutions and he has published twenty or so books, including his latest, Pop which features some of the highlights of his album artwork and band photography from decades working in the music industry with such artists as Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode and Kate Bush. In other words, he’s a bit of a legend.
August 23, 2017
Julia Fullerton-Batten is an acclaimed and exhibited fine-art and commercial photographer whose body of work now encompasses twelve major projects and two photo books spanning two decades as a professional. Julia was born to a German mother and English father in Bremen, Germany and moved to the USA at the age of two. When she was 16, after her parents divorce, she and her siblings moved with their father to the UK where she completed her secondary education. Subsequently she assisted professional photographers for five years before a first commercial assignment kick-started her career in 1995. The foundation of her subsequent success was Teenage Stories (2005), later published as a book, an evocative exploration of the transitional phase from teenage girl to womanhood. Julia admits to a pronounced semi-autobiographical influence in much of her earlier work, often falling back on recollections of her own formative and teenage years, her parents divorce, and her own early relationships. Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings and street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her distinctive style. Her most recent project, The Act, shot in 2016, is a comprehensive study of the performing and private lives of fifteen women active in the UK sex industry. Her still images are enhanced by interviews with these women, captured both in video and text. The Act was published in 2017 as a book by Sutherl&Editions, in a limited edition of 300. Julia has won numerous awards for both her commercial and fine-art work, and is a Hasselblad Master. She lives in London with her husband and two young sons. In episode 060, Julia discusses, among other things: An apprenticeship assisting Travels with a camera Her first big commercial job Teenage Stories Mothers and Daughters Big set-ups and complex lighting The Act Website | Facebook | Instagram “Now and then, just before a big shoot that I’ve put together, I think ‘why have I done this? Why have I created this big set? And relying on so many people, when actually all I wanna do is just take pictures.’”
August 9, 2017
Muir Vidler is a Scottish photographer whose work, often exploring humorous cultural and visual contradictions, straddles the increasingly blurred line between fine art and documentary. Born in Edinburgh, Muir previously worked as a chef, street entertainer and cruise ship photographer, where he learnt the rudiments of photography and managed to save enough money to enrol in a post-graduate diploma in photojournalism at the London College of Printing. In 2001 his portrait series of ageing British rebels and mavericks, Rebels Without a Pause was published by the Sunday Times Magazine. Since then Muir has remained in London and divides his time between commissions for magazines, corporations and record labels and personal, self-assigned projects. Muir's work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, Vogue and Vanity Fair. He is represented by Rove Gallery in the UK and the Mindy Solomon Gallery in the USA and is currently working on his first photobook, entitled Everything Is True. In episode 59, Muir discusses, among other things: The pros and cons of sharing an office His new book project, Everything Is True His style of portrait photography Growing up - California vs. Scotland What he learnt as a cruise ship photographer (250th at F11) Shooting self- assigned projects on spec. A Libyan beauty pageant and meeting Colonel Gadaffi Books mentioned: Lolita - Vladimir Nabakov Stoner - John Williams Photographers mentioned: Steve Pyke Richard Avedon Gareth McConnell Harry Benson Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram “I still shoot like I shot then all the time now. I’ll tell you what I learnt: outside, bright sunlight, 100ASA, 250th, F11.”
July 26, 2017
This is a special episode from Offspring Photo Meet, an annual gathering here in London, described by founder Mimi Mollica, who you can hear on episode 014 of this podcast, as a ‘portfolio review on steroids’, but also as a kind of micro photo festival. I went down there to sample the atmosphere, see what it was all about, find out what had brought people there and to try and answer the question 'what exactly is the point of a portfolio review anyway'.
July 12, 2017
Magnum Photos member Carolyn Drake studied Media/Culture and History at Brown University, where she became interested in the ways that history and reality are purposefully shaped and revised over time, and in the ways that artists can interrupt and shift these narratives. After graduating, she worked for multimedia companies in New York but eventually left her office job at the age of 30 to engage with the physical world through photography. In 2006, she moved to Ukraine, where she spent a year examining cultural partitions in a country pursuing a unified national identity - a cloistered Soviet era orphanage near the European border; private, state-owned and illegal coal mining groups vying for influence in the Donbass; Crimean muslims claiming land rights. She made images everywhere, not as much for historical documentation as to come to terms with presumptions stemming from her Cold War childhood in the USA. The experience made her question the journalistic impulse to define, and to look for ways photography can emphasize ambiguity. Based in Istanbul between 2007 and 2013, Carolyn traveled frequently to Central Asia to work on two long term photography projects. The first, Two Rivers, is a poetic exploration of the shifting borders, histories, and life systems between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. The interconnectedness of ecology, culture and political power come to view in a territory on the edge of global attention. The second Central Asia project is an amalgam of photographs, drawings, and embroideries made in collaboration with Uyghurs in western China. Framed between passages from Nurmuhemmet Yasin's contraband story Wild Pigeon, the book puts forth a counter narrative about China's western frontier, Islam, and the freedoms associated with modernity. In the collaborative images, contrasting visual tools intersect, drawing attention to the awkward, difficult, sometimes beautiful cultural exchange that lies at the root of this series. Carolyn returned to the US in 2014 and is now based in Vallejo, California. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lange Taylor Prize, a Fulbright fellowship, and the Anamorphosis prize, among other awards. Her work is in the collections at the SFMOMA, Soros Foundation, Library of Congress, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She is an associate at Magnum Photos.
June 28, 2017
English photographer Robin Maddock is probably best known for his personal approach to documentary photography, looking at different places and the states of mind of people that inhabit them. His first two photography books were about aspects of England. Our kids Are Going to Hell (2009) is a portrait of the social interactions of youth and the police in Hackney, London. This work was nominated for the Deutsche Börse photography prize and was runner up at Photo España’s ‘discovery’ portfolio prize. Robin’s second title, God Forgotten Face (2011) continued his work on aspects of everyday English society, focussing on the South Western town of Plymouth.This work was selected by Martin Parr as his choice in the Smithsonian magazine’s “The new stars of photography” edition in February 2012. Both titles are published by Trolley Books and are included in the The Photobook, A History: Volume 3, edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Robin’s third book entitled III (2014) was a major stylistic departure depicting a playful black and white look at the streets of America on the west coast. It was featured in the New York Times 6th floor blog, Time Magazine Lightbox and the Financial Times among others. III was shortlisted at PHESP as one of the books of 2014 and was selected byJason Fulford for Time Magazine online, as his pick of the year. For his current book project, Engerland, due for completion this year, 2017, Robin has returned to focussing on his native land, looking at small towns and the countryside. It is more portrait based than previous works here and attempts to deal with the problem of the picturesque landscape.
June 14, 2017
Rena Effendi is an Azerbaijani photographer, born in the capital, Baku, whose work focuses on issues of post-conflict society, social justice, and the oil industry’s effect on people and the environment. Rena, as she puts it herself, spent half her childhood in one country and the rest in another, growing up during the war, political instability, and economic collapse that marked Azerbaijan's path to post-Soviet independence. From 2002 to 2008, Rena followed a 1,700-kilometer oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey collecting stories along the way and documenting the impact this multibillion-dollar project had on impoverished farmers, fishermen, and other ordinary citizens. This six-year journey became her first book Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives Along the Pipeline, published in 2009. The project received numerous awards, including a Getty Images Editorial Grant, a Fifty Crows International Fund Award, a Magnum Foundation Caucasus Photographer Award, and a Mario Giacomelli Memorial Fund Award. In 2012, Rena published her second monograph Liquid Land. The book presents a lyrical narrative, exploring themes of fragility and environmental decay, in which her images of communities living dangerously among the oil spills and industrial ruin of Baku and the rest of the Absheron Peninsula are paired with photographs of some of the 30,000 moths and butterflies collected from across the the Soviet Union by her father, Rustam Effendi, a dissident scientist and entomologist who devoted his life to lepidopterology - the study of these beautiful insects. Over the past 10 years, Rena has covered stories across the post-Soviet region, as well as in Turkey and Iran, including the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, female victims of heroin and sex trafficking in Kyrgyzstan, and the hidden lives of youth in Tehran. In 2011, she received the Prince Claus Fund Award for Cultural Development and in 2012, Rena was short-listed for the Prix-Pictet Global Award for Photography and Sustainability, for her series documenting life of the survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and in 2014 won 2nd and 3rd places in Observed Portrait Stories and Observed Potrait Singles categories of the World Press Photo Contest. Rena's work has featured in publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, and National Geographic. She is represented by National Geographic Creative and ILEX Gallery and is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey.
May 31, 2017
This years field report from the annual Photo London festival, featuring a personal, chaotic and non-comprehensive selection of chats, discussions, soundbites and random witterings.
May 17, 2017
This week on the podcast I chart to Spencer Murphy, who has just published his first photo book, Urban Dirt Bikers, with Hoxton Mini Press. Their website describes Spencer as a fine art and commercial photographer. I would add documentary photographer to that. But he is probably best known for his portrait photography. In 2013 he won the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, his work having been selected for the exhibition six times beforehand. Spencer’s personal work is often concerned with the notion of the outsider; those who live an alternative, rebel lifestyle away from – or in spite of – our preconceptions of what is deemed to be normal. Spencer was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. Raised in relative isolation, miles from the nearest shop or school, Spencer often found himself with only his imagination for company and the surrounding woodland as his playground. It was a combination of this imagination and an early discovery of his mother’s back issues of Life and National Geographic that sparked an early enthusiasm for photography at the age of 11. As a result, his parents bought him his first camera and photography quickly became a channel for his creativity. Spencer now divides his time between creating self initiated personal projects and taking on photographic commissions. He has contributed to many magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. His portraits have also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused. He has exhibited throughout Europe and North America and his work is now held in the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.
May 3, 2017
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and frequently to be found in New York City, where she took a degree in architecture at Columbia University and began her photographic career as a jobbing newspaper photographer for the New York Daily News. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She won the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and the Magenta Foundation's Bright Spark Award for her project Signs of Your Identity, featuring double exposure portraits of and testimony from survivors of Canada's government operated Indian Residential Schools, institutions which, for over a century, attempted to forcibly assimilate young indigenous pupils into western Canadian culture. The project is available as a book. Daniella's work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, National Geographic, and CNN, among others. Her photos have been exhibited internationally, and select projects are represented by Anastasia Photo Gallery, LUMAS, and Subject Matter. She regularly lectures at high schools, universities, museums, and conferences, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. Daniella recently founded the website, a directory of female documentary and editorial photographers intended as a resource for commissioning editors, picture desks and anyone else who might wish to hire them. Every photographer in the database is available for freelance assignments and has five or more years of experience. In Episode 52, Daniella discusses, among other things: Her long term projectSigns of Your Identity Her apprenticeship on The New York Daily News Her income pie chart Stories of every day sexism Accountability in photojournalism
April 19, 2017
Ian Derry started his career 35 years ago at the tender age of 15 when he embarked on an old school apprenticeship in regional newspaper photography, cutting his teeth in the early 80’s during a huge national news story: the Falklands war. From that solid and in many ways enviable foundation there followed a natural and necessary move to London where he immediately began working for the national press, both broadsheets and tabloids alike, as both a freelancer and a staff photographer, gaining a dizzying breadth of experience from hard news stories during the conflict in Bosnia to celebrity portraits, catwalk fashion shoots and everything in between. Ian then reinvented himself completely, moving away from the newspaper world and establishing himself as a top flight portrait, advertising and commercial phottographer, mainly focussing on ‘A’ list actors and celebrities and sport and fitness. His latest reinvention sees him transition from stills to the moving image. His second short film, Johanna, about Finnish world champion under ice freediver Johanna Nordblad was self-funded with the insurance payout from a serious cycling accident and has been a massive viral hit online with 15 million views and counting, kickstarting Ian’s directing career and quickly earning him a place on the roster of film production company and directing agents Archer’s Mark.
April 5, 2017
Magnum legend David Alan Harvey was born in San Francisco in 1944 and raised in Virginia. He discovered photography at the age of eleven. Thereafter he purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighborhood in 1956. When he was twenty, he lived with and documented the lives of a black family in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It Like It Is, was published in 1968 (and recently republished by Burn Books). David was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978. He went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine and has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, and Nairobi. He has published two major books based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, Cuba and Divided Soul, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture. In 2011, David produced an award-winning book of his work from Rio De Janeiro entitled (based on a true story), which was highly acclaimed for both the photography and its innovative design by David's son, filmmaker Bryan Harvey. The entire creative process during the shoot was documented on the website, where for $1.99 you could (and still can!) effectively attend a virtual workshop to gain an invaluable insight into David's working practices and benefit from his many years of teaching and mentoring. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Workshops, seminars and mentoring young photographers are an important part of his life. He is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. David joined Magnum photos as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in The Outer Banks, North Carolina and New York City.
March 22, 2017
Annie Collinge started her career part way through her degree at Brighton University at the tender age of seventeen, assisting esteemed portrait photographer Harry Borden (ep. 15 & 16). She went on to work extensively in the editorial world for publications such as Vice, Dazed, Pylot and The Guardian. She has simultaneously worked on various personal projects which tend to straddle the increasingly opaque divide between documentary and fine art practice. She has had various solo shows including at the Underwater Mermaid Theatre at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans for a project that we discuss in the interview. Her work has been included twice in the Taylor Wessing portrait prize show and she has twice won the Magenta Foundations Flash Forward award. Her most recent project is provisionally entitled Buzz of a Dead Bee. It’s a miniature gallery based in a dolls house antique shop, launching late 2017. The gallery will stage miniature exhibitions by a variety of artists and will change location according to which artist is showing in it. Lined up so far are Lined up so far are Riitta Ikonen, Julie Verhoeven and Rottingdean Bazaar. The project is a comment on how costly it is for artists and photographers to stage exhibitions, since on the internet, it doesn’t actually matter that the work created for it is on a small scale.
March 8, 2017
As a child, Magnum photographer Mark Power discovered his father's home-made enlarger in the family attic, a contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a domestic light bulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, though he later went to art college to study life-drawing and painting instead. After graduating, he travelled for two years around South-East Asia and Australia and it was at this point that he began to realise he enjoyed using a camera more than a pencil and decided to 'become a photographer' on his return to England, two years later, in 1983. He then worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. To date Power has published eight books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London's Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which depicts those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland following her accession to the European Union; Mass (2013), an investigation into the power and wealth of the Polish Catholic church; Die Mauer ist Weg! (2014), about chance and choice when confronted, accidentally, with a major news event - in this case the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Destroying the Laboratory for the Sake of the Experiment (2016), a collaboration with the poet Daniel Cockrill about pre-Brexit England. Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, on the south coast of England, where he lives with his partner Jo, their children Chilli (b.1998) and Milligan (b.2002) and their dog Kodak.
February 22, 2017
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale University, where his interest in journalism led him to take a photography course, during which he had an almost mystical experience and realised immediately that he'd found his calling. His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for a Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a full member in 2013. His book, Disco Night Sept 11, is a chronicle of America's wars in the post-9/11 era from 2006-2013. The photographs shift back and forth from Iraq and Afghanistan to the USA, unsparingly capturing the violent, ceaseless cost, but also the mystery and the madness, the beauty and absurdity at the core of each conflict. The narrative is complemented by nineteen gatefolds which elaborate on places and individuals. The book was released in 2014 by Red Hook Editions, a Brooklyn-based publishing venture of which Peter is a founder and partner. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye. You can still order a copy direct from Red Hook Editions. Peter's most recent book, the sequel to Disco Night..., is Buzzing at the Sill, a book about America in the shadows of the wars and about coming home from years of covering conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to understand his experiences and his country. The work is a stew of reflections on war, memory, militarism, identity, race, class, family, surrealism and the landscape.
February 8, 2017
Briony Campbell works both as a photographer and, increasingly, as a film maker. Here’s what she says on her website: I work with photography and video, to tell stories about who we are and how we understand each other. I shoot promos, documentaries, events and campaigns for arts, education, research and social innovation clients. She has a Masters degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication and her graduation project in 2009 recieved widespread attention and was therefore instrumental in getting her career off to a flying start. The Dad Project was Briony’s attempt to document and make sense of her father’s terminal cancer and his eventual death. Her more recent ongoing project - Love in Translation explores stories about British/African couples living in Africa and will soon be showcased on a dedicated website at
January 25, 2017
Magnum member Bieke Depoorter is a 30 year old Belgian photographer. Bieke has a masters degree in photography from the Royal academy of fine art in Ghent and in 2009 won the Magnum expression award for her work in Russia, a project which later became her first book entitled Ou Menya in which she established a unique working practice whereby she stays each night with a different stranger or stranger she has met and photographs them in their home. She then repeated the process in the USA, which became the book I Am About To Call It A Day and has since done the same thing in Egypt, which will be made into a book later this year. She became a magnum nominee in 2012 and was made a full member last year, in 2016.
January 11, 2017
Mark Neville is a British photographer, born in London in 1966, who works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice, seeking to find new ways to empower the position of its subject over that of the author. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work.​
December 21, 2016
Simon Roberts is a British photographer based in Brighton, on the south coast of England, whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. Often employing expansive, large-format landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues. Simon is perhaps best known for his major long-term project We English, for which he undertook a 9 month road trip around England in a camper van, accompanied by his pregnant wife and 2 year old daughter. The resulting work has been exhibited widely, touring to over thirty national and international venues and was published as a book by Chris Boot and voted by Martin Parr as one of the best photography books of the past decade. He’s had solo shows at the National Media Museum, Bradford, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and Multimedia Art Museum Moscow. His photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography. In recognition for his work, Roberts has received several awards including the Vic Odden Award - offered for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer, along with bursaries from the National Media Museum, John Kobal Foundation and grants from Arts Council England. He was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2010 General Election on behalf of the UK Parliament. In 2012 he was granted access by the International Olympic Committee to photograph the London Olympics and most recently was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, UK (2013). As well as We English has published two other critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007) and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013).
December 7, 2016
London-based German photographer Philip Ebeling grew up in a small village in Germany before making his escape to London at the age of 19 where he took a degree in photography at the London College of Printing. He subsequently won the Observer Hodge Award which kickstarted his career as a jobbing editiorial portrait photographer. In 2010, along with his wife, Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, who featured on episode 11 of the podcast, he founded Fishbar a bookshop, gallery space and photo book publisher here in east London. His first book, published under the fishbar inprint was Land Without Past, a deeply personal photographic essay on growing up in a small village in the north of Germany and a meditation on the relationship contemporary Germany has with its past. The new book is about the forgotten parts of London. Leaving behind the landmarks of the centre, London Ends takes the viewer on a journey to the places where the city ceases to be a city and becomes a series of amalgamated villages. These places where London ‘ends’ are the places that Philipp has been drawn to with his camera for many years.
November 23, 2016
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November 9, 2016
Gideon Mendel's intimate style of image making and long-term commitment to projects has earned him international recognition and many awards, over a 30+ year career as a documentary photographer and social activist. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959, studied Psychology and African History at the University of Cape Town and began photographing in the 1980s during the dark days of apartheid. It was his work as ‘struggle photographer’ at this time that first brought his work to global attention. In the early 1990s, he moved to London, from where he continued to respond to global social issues, notably his longitudinal project on the impact of HIV/AIDS. That photographic odyssey began in Africa, taking in eight countries and expanded to numerous other nations during the last twenty years. The concluding and ongoing chapter, Through Positive Eyes, is a collaborative project in which Mendel’s role shifted from photographer to enabler, handing over his camera to HIV-positive people. His first book, A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa was published in 2001. Since then he has produced a number of photographic advocacy projects, working with charities and campaigning organizations including The Global Fund, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Terrene Higgins Trust, UNICEF and Concern Worldwide. Since 2007, Gideon has been occupied with Drowning World, an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change. This work has been applauded for its unusual approaches to portraiture and the development of a variety of visual strategies and elements, including video, to deepen the impact of the endeavor. Amongst many accolades, he has won the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, six World Press Photo Awards, first prize in the Pictures of the Year competition, a POY Canon Photo Essayist Award, the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism, he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Prize 2015 for Drowning World, which more recently also won a Greenpeace Photo Award, a fact that I neglected to mention during the interview.
October 26, 2016
Daniel Castro Garcia studied Spanish and Latin American Literature at University College London and after graduating went on to work in the UK film, commercial and music video industry where he still works as a freelance first assistant director. That’s how he pays the bills but for the past 5 years his real passion has been for photography. Having started out as a street photographer working on personal projects his work now focuses on social documentary and portraiture. In May 2015 Daniel started a photography project about the current European refugee crisis which has seen the greatest number of people forcibly displaced from their homes since the second world war. That project, in collaboration with his creative partner designer Thomas Saxby, has been self published as a book entitiled “Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016” which was shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award and also, more recently, for the paris photo aperture foundation first book award.
October 12, 2016
Juno Calypso is a 2012 graduate of the BA Photography degree course at London College of Communication, where her degree show was awarded both the Hotshoe Portfolio Award and the Michael Wilson Photographic Prize. In 2013 The Independent noted Juno Calypso as the ‘One To Watch’, as have numerous other publications since. The Catlin Art Guide featured Juno as one of 40 of the most promising new artists in the UK, subsequently shortlisting her for the 2013 Catlin Art Prize, where she won the Visitor Vote Prize. In 2015 she also won the BJP International Photography Award. Her work is featured in the current issue of Foam magazine as one of 24 young artists shaping the future of photography. Juno has exhibited internationally with group shows in London, Miami and New York, and her work has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine, Wonderland, Dazed & Confused, and The Huffington Post amongst many others. Let me, by way of an intro, read a brief artists statement by Juno: “I recently began working with self-portraiture, which led to the creation of a character named Joyce. Within elaborately staged large format photographs I draw upon personal experience to perform critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction. Objects once perceived as radical, innovative, fun and nutritious – an electronic anti-wrinkle mask, computer equipment from the 1980s, baby oil, a tin of cold meat – have become joyless and oppressive. Joyce appears alone, consumed by artifice. Her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.” So here to shed some light on and expand upon all that, is Juno.
September 28, 2016
Peter Zelewski is a London based portrait and documentary photographer. Born in Detroit, USA, he moved to London in the 1980s and studied graphic design and photography at the London College of Communication (LCC). Through his fascination with people and a love of the city, he was drawn to the streets of London to take photographs of its citizens, resulting in two award-winning projects People of Soho and Beautiful Strangers. He divides his time between graphic design, commercial photography commissions and his self-initiated portraiture projects. His work has been featured in numerous publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Evening Standard, La Repubblica and Leica Fotografie International (LFI). In 2015 he was awarded third prize in the prestigeous Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London for his image of Nyaeuth (above) and this year three images from his Twins project were selected for inclusion in the Royal Photographic Institute's International Print Exhibition. His first book People of London will be released by Hoxton Mini Press in October 2016.
September 14, 2016
After studying Documentary Photography at Newport Art College in Wales, Jocelyn Bain-Hogg began his career as a unit photographer on movie sets, shot publicity stills for the BBC and photographed fashion before returning to his documentary roots where he has largely remained ever since, working on long-term personal projects, editorial assignments and commercial commissions. He is the author of seven photobooks. To name but some of them, his first, The Firm, published in 2001, presented an astonishingly intimate view of London’s organised crime world, and won international acclaim. It was followed up a decade later by The Family, which was premiered as an exhibition at the Visa Pour L'Image festival in Perpignan in 2011 and was published as a photobook by Foto8. His second book, Idols + Believers, an intensive journey into the nature of fame and today’s celebrity culture, was published in 2006 with a touring exhibition shown in London, Paris, New York and Miami and the third, Pleasure Island, looked at the pursuit of pleasure, rock and roll and dance culture in Ibiza. He has got at least two, if not three new projects in the pipeline. In 2008 he was commissioned by Sky News to document the issues surrounding British youth and he is presently continuing this work for Sea Change, a major project started in 2013 documenting youth across Europe, involving an international roster of photographers for which he is photo-director. In addition to the continuing British Youth series, he is working on an innovative book project about his hometown, Tired of London, Tired of Life. Which is a collaboration with artist Paul Davis. Jocelyn is currently course leader on the B.A. photojournalism and documentary photography degree at the London College of Communication and is a member of the VII Photo Agency.
August 31, 2016
Jane Hilton started out as a classical musician, graduating in 1984 with a degree in Music and Visual Art from Lancaster University. Her love of photography brought her to London, working as an assistant for numerous fashion and advertising photographers, before going it alone in 1988. Early work included both fashion and editorial alongside her documentary projects, which are her passion and the mainstay of her work today. Her first trip to Arizona in 1988 sparked an obsession for America and American culture which has endured for nearly 30 years and which has seen her spend much of her career undertaking long-term personal projects in the USA. She began by exploring Las Vegas's McDonald's drive-thru style wedding culture in her series Forever Starts Now and from there a road trip across the Nevada desert let her 350 miles away, where a roadside brothel outside Reno called 'Madam Kitty's Cathouse' caught her eye. This chance encounter became a two year project and resulted in a ten-part documentary series for the BBC, The Brothel / Love For Sale, as well as a series of exhibitions on desert landscapes, pimps and prostitutes. Inspired by a commission in 2006 to photograph a 17 year-old cowboy, Jeremiah Karsten, who travelled 4,000 miles on horseback from his native Alaska to Mexico, Jane set off on her own four year pilgrimage, criss crossing the cowboy states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming to capture America's 21st century cowboys which culminated in her 2010 book Dead Eagle Trail. For her most recent book Jane returned to the brothels of Nevada. Precious is a collection of intimate nude portraits of working girls from the only state in America where prostitution is legal. Jane's work is regularly published in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine.
August 17, 2016
Chris Floyd is a British photographer and film maker. His work has appeared in some of the world’s most highly respected publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. He has shot advertising campaigns for British Airways, Apple, Sony and Philips and has been selected several times for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the annual publication, American Photography. The beginning of Chris’s career coincided with the so-called Britpop movement during the early and mid nineties when he found himself with the opportunity to cut his teeth photographing the biggest British bands of the day, starting with a bunch of unknown Mancunians who called themselves Oasis. In 2011 Chris published a project entitled ‘One Hundred And Forty Characters’. Over a period of a year he made contact with 140 people that he followed on Twitter and photographed each of them in his London studio. The idea for this came at a moment when he realised he had not spoken to any of his closest real life friends in over a month, yet he was communicating several times a week with people on Twitter that he had never met at all. The project received worldwide recognition and acclaim, with features about it on the BBC, Newsweek, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Elle, Esquire and many other publications and websites. Chris lives in England with his wife, Alice, and their two daughters.
August 3, 2016
Magnum legend Chris Steele-Perkins was born in Burma in 1947 to a Burmese mother and an English father, who brought him back to England when he was 2 years old. He published his first photobook The Teds in 1979 and shortly after that joined Magnum photos after an invitation to apply from none other than Josef Koudelka. He subsequently travelled all over the world, covering many of the major global conflicts of the 80’s and 90’s in between working extensively in his home country, and producing a number of books of that work, along with those from Afghanistan and later from his wife’s native country of Japan. He has won, to name but a few awards, The Oscar Barnack Prize, The Robert Capa Gold Medal and a number of World Press awards, and all that despite the fact that he doesn’t really consider himself to be a photojournalist.
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