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Feb 2016 back issue
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Jonathan Griffiths To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.alpineexposures.com Based in Chamonix, France, Jonathan has climbed the world over and established himself as one of the world’s leading mountain sports photographers. A highly accomplished Alpinist himself, Jonathan continues to push himself to shoot what has never been shot before. This approach has taken his climbing to a level that sees him regularly tie in with climbers such as Ueli Steck and embarking on cutting edge ascents to visually document expeditions in the Alps, Patagonia, Alaska and the Himalayas. It’s a method that puts authentic climbing at its heart: an increasingly rare but refreshing approach to adventure photography in a climate where style is valued more than substance.
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Monidipta Saha To commission him or to request prints of his work: wordpress.com     facebook I am based in Kolkata, India.  I am a researcher in a scientific research laboratory and a lways seek out new things in every sphere of life. That instinct spreads into my passion for photography where I get millions of chances to click new moments or frames related to life. I have had an affection for photography since childhood, when I first started using my father’s film camera. I started photography seriously in 2012 with a little compact camera. Photography is fast becoming my breathing space. I am interested in photojournalism and travel and stories which highlight the concerns of society, people and their untold stories. As a photographer, I always believe that the lens should be a reflection of the true stories of life and a photographic work must have a narration from life which will distinguish it from a mere picture.
Clive Arrowsmith To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.clivearrowsmith.com Clive Arrowsmith is a London based, celebrated international photographer. After leaving art school where he studied painting and design, he began taking photographs whilst working as a graphic designer for television. Leaving television to work as a photographer, he soon gained commissions from leading fashion magazines, most notably, British & French Vogue, Harpers, The Sunday Times Colour Magazine,Vanity Fair, Esquire U.S.A, and F.T. "How to Spend It". Clive continues to work in this genre in both editorial and advertising photography and is equally known for his music and celebrity images; Paul McCartney, Wings, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Daniel Barenboim, Anna Netrebko, Art Garfunkel, Def Leppard, Prince Charles, Michael Caine and Damien Hirst to name a few.
Lincoln Clarkes To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.lincolnclarkes.com Lincoln Clarkes is an award-winning photographer who was originally a painter before refocusing his efforts on fashion and portraiture while living in London and Paris. Portraits include Debbie Harry, Helmut Newton, Noam Chomsky, Patti Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Moore, and Oliver Stone. Clarkes' photographic works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, and Toronto. Several film and television documentaries and scholarly essays have explored his practise. Lincoln's photographs have been featured in Vice, LA Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Saturday Night, and Cosmopolitan UK. He currently operates between Vancouver, Toronto, Detroit and London.
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Jesse Rieser To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.jesserieser.com Jesse was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, in the city of Springfield, Missouri. Good weather and a desire to change his surroundings brought him west. At Arizona State University he majored in photography and art history while attending the Herberger Institute of Art and Design. Before completing his BFA, he studied and assisted with London's top assignment commercial and fashion photographers. These experiences laid the groundwork to strive for equally important careers in fine art and assignment photography. Jesse has had the honor to work with top clients and be recognized by the several awards his field has to offer. His clients include: AT&T, Coca Cola, Disney, ESPN, The Ford Motor Company, The John Paul Getty Museum, The NFL, Visa, and Warner Brothers.  His work has been honored by the Communication Arts Photography Annual, PDN Photo Annual (4x), American Photography Annual (4x), Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top
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Lee Craker To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.leecraker.com What I try to do more than anything is to capture life. Events, stories and even scenic elements always have a connection to people and culture, and it is the human element I am drawn to. Whether it be sadness or joy, laughter or tears it is the people and their stories that make me passionate about photography. This documentation I feel is important on many levels, and can be deeply satisfying. In my mind that is what image making is all about, photographing what you love to photograph. Your heart has a story to tell, and camera is the voice through which you communicate. My photography is a
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William Albert Allard To commission William or to request prints of his work: www.williamalbertallard.com The son of a Swedish immigrant, William Albert Allard was born in 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota.  Allard is a photographer of people. From the beginning of his illustrious career in 1964 as a National Geographic photographic intern, Allard has contributed to 42 Geographic articles as a staff, freelance, and contract photographer and writer. His stories for the magazine have included "Rodeos: Behind the Chutes," "India's Untouchables," Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Hutterite Sojourn."  Allard has published five previous highly acclaimed books including his first, Vanishing Breed, of which the Associated Press said, "This is a classic." Published in 1982, Vanishing Breed was nominated for The American Book Award for 1982, and was the
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Printing where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 13 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan (Aug 2013). He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine.
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He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
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George Holz To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.georgeholz.com George Holz was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for Helmut Newton, whom he credits with guiding his career. As a fledgling photographer, he lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion for major European magazines such as Italian Vogue and French Elle. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he set up his famous studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for major publications such as Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. His fine-art nudes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Holz works as an adjunct professor and lectures internationally at museums and universities. He is presently based in the rustic Catskill Mountains of New York, where he lives on a farm with his family, two dogs, and flock of East Friesian sheep.
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Joydeep Mukherjee To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.joydeepmukherjee.com I am a photographer who believes that an artist's work must be good consistently to be considered as an art. One must have ‘eyes like a shutter and mind like a lens’!!.... I always ‘work for a cause, not applause…I live life to express, not impress’!!      From my early days, I have been interested in various kinds of sports, trekking and travelling but it was only in 2003 that I stepped into the world of photography. During a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp – Nepal I got interested in photography. From this time forth this passion became an integral part of my life.  According to me a photographer must be technically competent to use the various techniques to change a photograph from a mere snap to a “snapshot of someone’s life”. Photographs can be used to narrate a story, and thus should not cater to the aesthetic aspect only. Despite my hectic working hours at a reputed Kolkata-based MNC, the passion for photography remains undiminished.
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Robert Herman To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.robertherman.com Robert Herman believes that it is the photographer, not the camera, that makes the photograph and with that in mind, he has just released one of the first photography books that features photographs taken entirely on an iPhone, with the Hipstamatic app. The Phone Book, published by Schiffer Books shares over 120 photographs taken on Robert’s international travels between 2010 and 2015. From Naples, to Bilbao, Johannesburg to New York City, Robert has created an iPhone map of the world. “The Phone Book is a thread to broadening one’s artistic sensibility, knowledge, visual literacy, and sense of connection with people and places throughout the world”. The book can also be ordered on Amazon and his site. Robert Herman, (Brooklyn, NY, 1955), received a BFA in filmmaking from New York University and a masters from the School of Visual Arts. He has won a PX3 Prix de la Photographie People’s Choice Award, the Alitalia per L’arte Rome Prize, and was selected for Artist’s Wanted/Exposure Top Fifty. Herman’s work is held in major collections, including the George Eastman House, and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. Internationally, his work has been exhibited at the Istanbul Photography
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Xavier Zimbardo To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.xavierzimbardo.com Xavier Zimbardo was born in France in 1955. He studied history, geography, literature and psychology at Paris University. He became a freelance photographer as an autodidact and travelled worldwide, working for many magazines. His love for India, here he learned pranayama yoga, goes back a long way. As an author he has undertaken personal researches into the metamorphosis of photographs through their degradation and erosion. He has published a dozen books in Europe and in the USA. His work is held in prestigious museums, such as the BNF (French National Library), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, and others. In 2006 he created PHOTSOC, an International Festival of Social Photography, in the poorest suburbs of Paris, to provide young authors with an opportunity to present their work. He teaches local associations to express their everyday life through the photographic medium. He joined Getty Images in 2011 and lives in Sarcelles near Paris.
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Scarlet Page To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.scarletpage.com Scarlet Page studied photography at the University of Westminster in the early ’90’s. She quickly developed her own fresh, documentary style travelling America with The Smashing Pumpkins, The Beastie Boys and the other acts on the Lollapolooza tour of 1994 and the following year she had a shot feature in The Verve’s ‘A Northern Soul’ album artwork which really got things started. Since then Scarlet has gone on to work with some of the music world’s biggest acts. She worked closely with Robbie Williams on various projects including album art and the book ‘Somebody Someday’ and she toured the World with The Darkness. Her other credits include The Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Stereophonics, The Black Crowes and Placebo with pictures appearing in The Times, The Independent, Mojo, Q, Uncut and Clash amongst others. She continues to be commissioned by all the major record labels to shoot artwork and press campaigns for high profile bands. Scarlet has had various exhibitions of her own and has contributed to collective shows
winner of the Wrangler Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Art Book, 1983, and was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence, 1983. Other books include: The Photographic Essay A Time We Knew: Images of Yesterday in the Basque Homeland Time At the Lake: A Minnesota Album Portraits of America Allard received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award, 1994. The Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, 2002 University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications Award for Excellence, 2004 Since Geographic's elimination of a photographic staff in 2008, Allard is now once again a freelance photographer and writer. Allard lives near Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife Ani, their son Anthony, and two dogs, Buster and Lizzy.
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George Webber To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.georgewebber.ca George Webber has been photographing the people, landscape and urban environment of the Canadian west for over thirty-five years. He was inducted into The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1999. In 2010 he was the recipient of the National Magazine Gold Award for Photojournalism. His books include: Badlands, Requiem, A World Within, People of The Blood, Last Call, In This Place, Prairie Gothic and Badlands. Webber’s work can be found in museums and archives in Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.
James Fennell To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.jamesfennell.com James Fennell lives and was brought up at Burtown House, in County Kildare, Ireland, one of two houses from the 18th Century in Co. Kildare to have never been sold. As well as running Burtown House, and its 10 acres of gardens, an organic restaurant, art galleries, artisan shop and sculpture park, all set within the gardens and parkland, James is a photographer specialising in Interiors, Portraiture and Travel. On assignment around the world, he captures in his work the vastly different people,  architecture, culture and lifestyles that have led him to numerous countries. James has produced over twenty books on many subjects including interiors, architecture, art, food, people and their lifestyles. Whether working for clients like Conde Nast, or compelled to shoot simply because that’s what a photographer does, he captures striking images that have appeared in magazines and advertising campaigns worldwide. He lives at Burtown House with his wife, two daughters and son.
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Kevin Bubriski To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.kevinbubriski.com Kevin Bubriski has exhibited worldwide; his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography, all in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Asian Cultural Council, Bubriski worked for nine years in Nepal, and has photographed his journeys to India, Tibet, and Bangladesh. Author of Portrait of Nepal (Chronicle), which won the Golden Light Documentary Award in 1993, and Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal (Inner Traditions). Bubriski lives in Vermont with his wife.
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Duffy (1933 - 2010) Duffy Archive: www.duffyphotographer.com Duffy was one of three photographers who defined the look of London's 'Swinging Sixties'.  Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan they were affectionally named by Norman Parkinson as the 'Black Trinity' and were elevated to celebrity status and known only by their surnames. Duffy started his photographic career at Vogue in 1957 and worked for all the top glossy fashion magazine as well as the new Sunday newspaper magazines.  In addition to his fashion and portraiture work Duffy is perhaps best known for his work with David Bowie.  He shot five sessions with Bowie, the most recognised is the Aladdin Sane album cover nicknamed the 'Mona Lisa of Pop' and an image off the contact sheet was released in 2013 as the lead image for the worldwide touring Victoria & Albert museum's exhibition 'David Bowie is'. Duffy was an eclectic and innovative photographer who shot several award winning
Clive is also an accomplished landscape and still life photographer with a large collection of stock photos available at Celebrity Pictures Ltd. Clive Arrowsmith is the only photographer to have photographed the Pirelli Calendar two years in succession. Having worked on many major stills advertising campaigns; De Beers, Revlon, G.H.D. Morello, Caroline Castigliano, Lexus, Hassleblad etc, Clive has continued to broaden his creative scope moving on to direct commercials for Heinz, Revlon, Hamlet Cigars (winner of The Silver Lion Cannes Film Festival), Rapeed Sunglasses, Greenmail Whitney Beer and music videos of artists like Lee Griffiths, Jamiroquai, Jools Holland, ZTT and Def Leppard. Clive has recently been working in Taiwan on the Free Tibet campaign with the Heavy Metal band, Chthonic, and has also photographed His Holiness the Dalai Lama several times.
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50 (2x), Center's Review Santa Fe 100, Art Director’s Club Young Guns (Top 50 International Emerging Creative Under 30), Luezer’s Archive (200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide) and a recipient of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward award in 2012.
Beat Presser To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.beatpresser.com Beat Presser was trained to become a photographer and cinematographer in Basel, Switzerland, where he was born and raised, then in Paris and New York. After his education in photographic studios, darkrooms, on filmsets, advertising agencies and newspapers, the Cooper Union University in New York and other places he started work as a freelance photographer and cameraman on his own account. Beat Presser worked over the years in many different fields: Fashion, Advertising, Portrait Photography, Industrial Photography, Reproduction of paintings, for Newspapers, as a director of photography for documentary-, advertising- and featurefilms. In the mid- seventies he edited The Village Cry his own photography newspaper and in 1981 he was invited to become the still photographer and assistant cameraman for Werner Herzog¨s epic Fitzcarraldo, starring Claudia Cardinale and Klaus Kinski. A unique experience for the now 29 year old. In the jungle of Peru, during the difficult and seven months long realisation of Fitzcarraldo, for a first time he takes notes and starts to write short stories, all written longhand in small little books that would fit into one of his
pockets, always ready to register impressions, observations and incidents. But it took another 25 years till his texts were published. Nevertheless already seventeen photography books on different subjects on his early work, the Swiss Alps, on Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog, on Architecture, Buddhism, on Magic Places and other themes have been published by many different reknown publishing houses by now. Most of the with his own writing. Apart from commissioned work as a photographer or on filmsets earlier on, BP organises exhibits on his own work, teaches photography as a guest professor in different universities around the globe.
Henk Van Rensbergen To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.henkvanrensbergen.com Henk Van Rensbergen has flown all around the globe as the pilot of a Boeing 787 and is a pioneering urban explorer. He took his first photos of abandoned buildings at the age of twenty. It was to become a lifetime’s work. Over 10,000 copies have been sold of Abandoned Places 1, 2 and 3.
commercials and pop music videos and is one of the few photographers to have shot three Pirelli calendars (the first in 1965 and two more in 1973 for different divisions) Duffy's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and is highly collectable. Duffy is known as a 'photographers photographer' and was recently voted one of the top 100 most influential photographers of all time.
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celebration of life, for even in the saddest of times, the hardest of conditions, there is a beauty and resiliency in the human spirit that always shines through. Thank you for visiting my internet home and many blessings upon you my friends."
Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Colombia. His monograph The New Yorkers, a collection of photographs of New York City, shot between 1978-2005 on Kodachrome, was published to great critical acclaim and is now in its second printing.
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including the Visions of Dylan show in 2007. She has also worked extensively for charities, including the ABC Trust, the PDSA, Teenage Cancer Trust and Warchild. For the latter, Scarlet photographed artists and celebrities and their children for a fund raising exhibition held at the Proud Gallery in Camden and later at the Royal Albert Hall. Scarlet’s exhibition ‘Resonators’ showed at Proud Camden at the end of November 2015 and she has just released an accompanying book.
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