ERIC BOUVET To commission Eric or to request prints of his work:
ESPEN RASMUSSEN To commission Espen or to request prints of his work: CATHERINE KARNOW To commission Catherine or to request prints of her work: DAVID JAMES To commission David or to request prints of his work: WITOLD KRASSOWSKI    To commission Witold or to request prints of his work: Eric Bouvet (born 1961) began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris. His interest in photography was sparked when, at the age of 8, he watched the first live television images of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. It was then that he realized the importance of news and historic moments, not to mention capturing them on film. Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s, and launched his freelance career in 1990. He first won international recognition with his 1986 pictures of the rescue efforts in the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Omeyra, Colombia. Since then, Bouvet has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel. Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi and Libya.  He has covered major international events including the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the JOEL SAGET To commission Joel or to request prints of his work: Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, and Olympic Games. He has also worked on many ‘society’ stories including life in Russian jails, young sailors on aircraft carriers, French police working in the Paris suburbs, France’s last coal miners, and life at a pediatric clinic for children with cancer. His work has been published in many international magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Stern, NYT magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. He has also led photographic campaigns of UN and various NGOs and charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins du Monde (MDM) and Action Against Hunger (ACF). Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as the Visa d’Or, the gold medal of 15th anniversary of the photography, the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, and the Prix Paris-Match Award. Sixteen-year-old Joel joined a beginners class at a vocational training center for adults to learn metal working but his dream at the time was to become a dog-handler after he saw the TV series Run, Joe, Run in black and white on an old-fashioned Radiola. He left France after five years in the army, celebrating his 24th birthday in an Ecuadorian Indian community. He took his first photos with a Nikon FM, a gift from Roberto, a Colombian semi- precious stone smuggler. A return to Metz (France) coincided with his first, underground exhibition at a breaker's yard: the photos in 'Spices and Shellfish' were exposed in the boots of cars destined to be crushed on site. Collaboration with a number of picture agencies followed -- Sygma, Sipa, Gama -- before the cobbled streets of Rouen became home and more regular freelance work with Agence France Presse came his way.   A move to Paris in 1997 to look after a Breton spaniel owned by a elderly, handicapped lady followed. With AFP, Joel would go on to cover Kosovo, Iraq, Gaza, the Tour de France, Afghanistan, the Olympic Games and Chechnya. Exhibitions of his photos take place on a regular basis. Joel lives in Paris. Espen Rasmussen (b. 1976) lives with his partner and two sons in Nesodden, outside Oslo, Norway. He works as a picture editor for the magazine division of the biggest Norwegian newspaper VG. He constantly works on documentary projects and, for the past seven years, with a special focus on social issues and climate challanges. Rasmussen has worked in collaboration with different NGOs, such as Doctors Without Borders, Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR, as well as on stories for the newspaper VG. He has been awarded several times for his work, including two awards from World Press Photo and seven prizes from Picture of the Year international. In 2008, he was named one of the most promising young photographers in the world by Photo District News. Rasmussen is represented by the London based agency Panos Pictures. In 2011, he released his first book, Transit, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing together with a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace center in Oslo. The Transit exhibition is now on a tour, currently showing at the Humanity House in The Netherlands. http//  
Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based photographer Catherine Karnow shoots for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French & German GEO and other international publications.  She has also participated in several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and Women in the Material World. Catherine has covered Australian Aborigines; Bombay film stars; victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam; Russian "Old Believers" in Alaska; Greenwich, Connecticut high society; and an Albanian farm family.  In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She also gained unprecedented access to Prince Charles for her 2006 National Geographic feature, "Not Your Typical Radical." A video by Catherine Karnow Born in Birmingham, England, David James moved to a village in  Hertfordshire, north of London, aged 4. An MGM film crew were shooting outside the village school and David (age 9) knew at that moment that he wanted to be a photographer in the film industry.  At age 16 he joined the Stills Department at MGM Studios (UK) working in the lab as an assistant to many different photographers. The head portrait photographer, Dave Boulton, became his mentor and arranged for David to go out to Israel/Cyprus as a printer on Preminger directed Exodus. This lead to other jobs and once again it was his mentor, Dave Boulton ,who gave him his break into shooting stills by getting him his first set job, on a Ken Annakin comedy. More films followed quickly including Bunny Lake Is Missing, reuniting David with director Otto Preminger….of whom he was initially terrified; the unit publicist sent the first set of David's stills to Preminger and the director promptly tore them up . A friend of Preminger's  on the set persuaded David to resubmit the same photos in a much larger format, leading the director to put his arm around David and tell him, "these stills will be noticed….it is all about showmanship." Since that moment David has chosen a limited collection of his personal stills  "Selects" on every project and always presents them in large format prints to the filmmakers. David went on to cover movies such as Women In Love, Fiddler on the Roof, his first war movie was as aerial stills photographer on Battle of Britain. The genres of Musicals and War are his favourites and also have resulted in some of his most well-known work including Dogs of War, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, and the TV mini- series Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Saving Private Ryan was an opportunity for David to honour the work of his "hero", Robert Capa and to virtually become a war photographer..without risking his life. The latter 4 films form part of his 10 collaborations with Steven Spielberg that began with Schindler's List and continues later this year with  Spielberg's next project Lincoln. Musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Shall We Dance, Hairspray and Nine, which he had his one and only credited acting role…. as a photographer in Rock of Ages teaming him up again with Tom Cruise. Most of the films that David worked on in the UK were American productions, and when the British industry contracted and diminished in the 1980s, he decided to relocate with his wife and 2 daughters, to Southern California.  Before leaving the UK David had an assignment for Special Photography on Ridley Scotts Legend... his first opportunity to work with Tom Cruise. Since moving Stateside, David has worked with Tom on 6 films including  MI-Ghost Protocol. Moving to USA also coincided with huge changes in still photography and he enthusiastically embraced the challenges of digital photography while continuing to study the ever evolving and exciting world of movie stills. David has covered many TV mini-series and TV movies, also for the past 2 years has had the privilege of shooting the Academy Awards behind the scenes, with exclusive access to the green room. There are more than a dozen books that feature David's stills photography starting with Jesus Christ Superstar, including Memoirs of a Geisha, Last Samurai, Superman Returns and the most recent- also the one of which he is most proud - the book that he both wrote and photographed for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. David's work has featured in several international exhibitions and he has won many awards and accolades, including the 2006 ICG/Publicists Guild Award for Excellence in Still Photography and the SOC Lifetime Achievement Award. His stills have been published in magazines and newspapers around the globe and are included in the archives of the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library, and the Professional Photographers of America.  A source of great pride is that both his daughters have followed him and pursued careers in the film industry. (Deya is a senior publicist at Warner Bros, Chia works for the SVP of Physical Production at Paramount) both have worked with and on projects involving their father as the stills photographer. David's other enduring passion, apart from his family and photography, is fly-fishing; perhaps 2012 will bring the trifecta of a fishing trip with his family and his beloved Leica camera. Born 1956, in Poland, Krassowski read French Literature and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, before continuing at the Institut de Linguistique Generale, Université Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle and reading for a Final diploma in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. In 2009 he completed a PhD at the University of Silesia, Film and Television Dept. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1981-86 - Photographer (staff) in Polish Catholic weeklies; stringer with AP 1988-93 - Freelance with The Independent Magazine, London 1988-2005 - with Network Photographers, London 1999 - World Press Photo jury member 2005-2008 - vice-president of the Association of Polish Art Photographers 2006 - Master in the WPP Masterclass, Amsterdam 2007 - teacher at Pahshala, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2009 - lecturer at the Faculty of Media Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw Krassowski has exhibited widely including exhibitions at Freightdoors Gallery, Santa Clara, California, USA, the Photographers Gallery, London, Perpignan, with other Network photographers, participation in Magic Moments II (touring),  Munich, Köln, Bielsko-Biała, Lisbon, Portugal, Budapest, participation in "Behind Walls" Noorderlicht Photofestival, Holland, Brussels, European Commission, Berlaymont House and participation in 10 Jahre PaK, Glückstadt. PUBLICATIONS Several publications in various European and American magazines and dailies 75 Years of Leica, the Hope Project, the Inferno-Paradiso Project, Magic Moments II “Visages de l’Est” – a book published by Nathan Image, Paris 1991 "After Images of Poland" – a book published by EK Pictures, Warsaw 2009 "Piesn na wyjscie" – a book published by EK Pictures, Warsaw, 2011 AWARDS 1992 - World Press Photo - 3rd prize in Daily Life Picture Stories 1994, 95 - Polish Press Photography Contest - 1st prize in Daily Life Stories 1996 - Polish Press Photography Contest - 2nd prize in Daily Life Stories 1997 - Polish Press Photography Contest - 1st and 2nd prize in Daily Life Stories 2000 - Polish Press Photography Contest - 1st prize in Arts and Culture Stories 2001 - The British Design & Art Direction "Yellow Pencil" Award (silver) 2003 - World Press Photo - 3rd prize in Science and Technology Picture Stories 2003 - Polish Press Photography Contest - 2nd prize in Daily Life Stories 2005 - Art & Worship Award, 1st prize, Teheran 2007 - ICRC Award NICK SMITH   To commission Nick or to request prints of his work: For two decades Nick Smith was a magazine editor in the UK. He ended up in the big chair at Geographical - the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society - and during his three years on the title he won the coveted PPA 'Independent Magazine Editor of the Year' award, to go with a stack of other magazine industry awards he'd picked up over the years. The problem for Nick was that editing magazines is a desk job and you don't get to see much of the world from behind an editor's green eyeshade, much less photograph it. So in 2006 he left his last ever 'grown-up job' to become a full-time freelance photographer and writer. His work has since appeared in newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph as well as many travel, lifestyle and photography magazines and websites. 2010 saw the publication of his first book - Travels in the World of Books - described by Alexander McCall Smith as “a triumph.” Nick is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and the Explorers Club in New York. J.B. RUSSELL   To commission J.B. or to request prints of his work: J.B. Russell is a Paris-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America focusing on current events, the human consequences of conflict and issues related to human security. His work appears regularly in major magazines and newspapers worldwide. He also collaborates frequently with international humanitarian organizations. His work has received numerous accolades, including the Public Prize at the Bayeux War Correspondents Competition, 1st place in the POYi competition, the Best of American Photography annual and has been exhibited and frequently featured at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. He is represented by Panos Pictures in London, Cosmos Photo in Paris and Contacto in Madrid
PAUL CONROY   To commission Paul or to request prints of his work: Paul Conroy started out in life in the military.  He was a forward observer for a battery of M107 heavy artillery guns. During this time he developed a passion for music and photography. He became involved in journalism when a group of road protestors invited him along to film and shoot stills on a mission to the Balkans, he did and has never looked back. When they reached their destination Conroy stayed on to make a documentary. It took him six months and the film played the festival circuit and won him a commission from channel 4 to make an hour documentary 'Bad Trip' Conroy then made films for the BBC documentaries unit on the 2001 UK elections. After that he was off to Iraq where ee first met Colvin and they became firm friends.  His Iraq film won many plaudits and was screened at festivals in the US and the UK. To fund his many jaunts as a freelancer Conroy became head of photography and film for Joss Stone the UK singer. His work for Stone enabled him to take on some of the riskier assignments to the Congo and other of Africa's dangerous civil wars. Conroy then worked camera for SKY TV SOS lampedusa. He and colleague Sergio Ramazotti spent weeks in Tunisia infiltrating a gang of smugglers who were some of the most prolific smugglers on the coast. Conroy was one of the first journalists to enter Libya when the gates broke down. He covered the war for agencies and the News of the world. The Sunday Times soon noticed his work and he was sent on assignment with Marie Colvin. Together they went to Misrata for two days and ended up staying two months. Over the next six months he was in Libya either with Colvin or Mikes Amoore, Kabul correspondent with the paper. After Libya Conroy was sent with Amoore to Syria, they entered the country illegally in January and reported from the town of A Quasyr. Their Assignment was ended dramatically when the Free Syrian Army helped them flee Assad troops. Conroy was then assigned to go back to Syria with Colvin. It was to be their last ever assignment together as Colvin was killed in a rocket attack on 22 Feb 2012 Conroy was born in Liverpool and joined the army at 16. He, like Colvin had a passion for sailing. At the height of the Libyan conflict, Conroy won permission from The Sunday Times foreign editor to sail his boat into the country if all land routes were blocked. Back to current issue