KAREN ROBINSON To commission Karen or to request prints of her work:
ALAN CUMMING To commission Alan or to request prints of his work: RICHARD NOWITZ To commission Richard or to request prints of his work: Karen is a freelance photographer based in London. Her portraits and reportage have been widely published in newspapers and magazines worldwide. “From the beginning of my career my natural interest in human rights issues led me to remote, marginal and threatened communities all over the world; I visited Saddam's Iraq between the Gulf Wars, street children in post-Ceausescu Romania and Madha-Pradesh, India to witness the land- rights struggle of the indigenous Adivasi people.   I was later commissioned to document the lives of cocoa farmers in Ghana, nomadic Arab tribes- people in Israel, subsistence farmers in Mexico,  the Inuit of northern Alaska and drought afflicted villagers in Tajikistan. I was commissioned by Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, Unicef and Panos Pictures to produce a set of images on sex-trafficked Lithuanian women in the UK and Lithuania, highlighting the fact that slavery is a fact of life in modern Britain. The work was first exhibited in St Paul's Cathedral and is still touring regionally. In recent years I have applied my experience and natural empathy to commercial portraiture. I am comfortable working unobtrusively in highly-charged situations, such as  backstage at the Southbank Centre, or dynamically under pressure of time with politicians and celebrities. Alan Cumming won an instamatic camera in a raffle when he was 8. Sadly his inability to frame family members in the centre of any picture led to his camera being confiscated and instead he spent his time wandering around the forest he lived in making up stories and pretending to be other people. This eventually led to him becoming an award-winning actor of international renown, storming the West End with his Hamlet, followed immediately by his Emcee in Cabaret, which transferred to Broadway and made him an overnight US sensation. He has since graced the New York stages with turns in Chekhov, Coward and as Mack the Knife, the Pope and Dionysus. He will return this summer in a one man Macbeth. He has also had an eclectic film career, working with Stanley Kubrick then The Spice Girls, playing a superhero, a God, a horse, and winning many awards for his work as actor, writer producer and director. He will next be seen in the indie Any Day Now. He has written a novel Tommy's Tale and is at work on a memoir, performed a cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car today at venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House and released an award-winning album of the same name. He is currently on TV as Eli Gold (a man in a suit- go figure!) in the CBS hit The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for Emmy, SAG and Satellite awards. There were also two fragrances- Cumming and Second Cumming, and oh, well, you get the idea. Over the years he has worked out the framing thing, and Alan Cumming Snaps! is his first exhibition of photographs, and he was recently published for the first time in Headmaster magazine. Over the past 35 years, Richard has traveled to more than 35 of the world’s countries across six of its continents. Richard Nowitz has been a National Geographic photographer since 1991 and a contract photographer for Insight Guides since 1982, with over 40 book titles to his credit. Richard has won numerous awards for his travel photography from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), including the Society’s highest photography honor, Photographer of the Year, in 1998. His clients include National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Time-Life Books and Endless Vacation, among many others. NADAV NEUHAUS To commission Nadav or to request prints of her work: Nadav Neuhaus is a New York-based photojournalist covering international events and conflicts, including the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the drug wars in Mexico, and the Egyptian revolution. For more than 15 years, the Israeli native covered the Arab-Israeli conflict, including work with Israeli Special Forces in Gaza and stories about life in the Palestinian territories. He has also produced features about modern day gold diggers in California, illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Mars Society, a group of international scientists training for the colonization of Mars. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, including Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, The New York Times, Paris Match, VSD, Stern, Geo and The Independent (London). SEAN HAWKEY    To commission Sean or to request prints of his work: As a youngster Sean painted a lot - murals and pavements - and began taking photographs. Later, after a spell in prison, a few years of work in demolition and carpentry, a short career in science, a year in a marginal barrio in Peru, he went to El Salvador to support the revolution, the struggles against injustice. He taught 'architecture for the poor' at universities, and in the war zones he met people using photography and video to make changes in the world, He got hooked, and began working in communications. Sean worked for years on indigenous land rights advocacy using communications as a strategic component. Then he spent a few years as a magazine editor and communications advisor, always using a camera.  “I have gradually pared my working life down to its most effective and enjoyable essence, which is as a photographer.” Sean first job as a photographer was in 1991 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with the journalist John Medcalf, looking at slavery in the sugar industry. Recently, he spent a year in Central America documenting food security and fairtrade farming. Sean has lived in 40 countries, including ten years in Latin America.  He currently lives with his five children in the UK. KAUSHIK SAHA    To commission Kaushik or to request prints of his work: Born in Calcutta, presently residing in Delhi. After 15 years in the advertising industry, Kaushik quit to devote more time to photography. He currently work as a communication consultant. “Photography for me is a way of exploring and understanding the culture of which I am a product, but in a way also an outsider, thanks to my 'English' education.”  MICHELLE FAY NOWITZ   To commission Michelle or to request prints of her work: Michelle Fay Nowitz is a mixed media artist, poet, and photographer. Inspired at a young age by her father and older siblings, Michelle studied photography, along with various other mediums such as drawing and painting. In her travels around the world with her father, Michelle became fascinated with the natural world, and began exploring it in her art. Her most recent work uses photography as a starting place for multi media collage works that explore questions of sexuality, gender, and the natural world. Michelle's photographic work has been published in several Insight guide books. She lives and works in Chicago, and is currently attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
MARK HENLEY   To commission Mark or to request prints of his work: Born in Oxford, U.K.(1966), Henley studied literature at York, before finding himself in China during the tumult of 1989. He lived in Asia for ten years between Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, seeing the Japanese bubble burst, Hong Kong handed back to China, and the rising of the latter to global power. He has photographed in over 50 countries over the last two decades, tracking global issues from Casablanca to Mexico City, Dar es Salaam to Jakarta, Moscow to Mumbai. The realities of 'Socialism with Chinese Characteristics' have been a particular concern, and he returned repeatedly to China, producing a body of work which culminated in the ground breaking book and exhibition China [sur]real, which toured throughout mainland China, testing the limits of subject becoming audience, confronting Chinese national pride, sexual taboos, political icons and generally outraging various provincial officials.  China [sur]real, Timezone8 Books, 2007. After six years in Zurich, he is currently based in Geneva. His recent work on the crisis in the Swiss Banking Industry, 'Bank on Us' won the Swiss Press Photo award for 2012, while its the multimedia version 'The Vaults' won an award at Les Nuits Photographiques 2012 in Paris. He is represented by Panos Pictures in London. OCTOBER 2012 BACK ISSUE Back to current issue