JULY 2013 BACK ISSUE Ralph Lee Hopkins To commission Damian or to request prints of his work: Jason Florio To commission Jason or to request prints of his work: Naomi Harris To commission Naomi or to request prints of her work: Born in Toronto, Canada. Naomi Harris moved to New York to attend the International Centre of Photography in 1997. She works for publications such as AARP, Details magazine, ESPN magazine, London Sunday Times magazine, Marie Claire UK, New York Times magazine, Time magazine, Toronto Life and Zoomer. Her first book, America Swings has been published by TASCEN books. Beverly Joubert To commission Beverly or to request prints of her work: Alexandros Demetriades To commission Alexandros or to request prints of his work: Damian Bird To commission Damian or to request prints of his work: Graeme Williams To commission Graeme or to request prints of his work:
Beverly is an intuitive photographer rather than a technical one, a person who lives and breathes Africa and its wild open places filled with big cats and elephants, racing zebras or bubbling lava flows. National Geographic Explorer in Residence, just one of 14 people selected to represent this level of professionalism in the Society, she has specialized in African photography for nearly 30 years, with images in a dozen or more National Geographic Magazines, in 10 books, and thousands of articles around the world.   Some would say that she and husband Dereck Joubert, are among the most famous wildlife filmmakers in the world, and in this pursuit she co-producers with Dereck and records sound. An equally important passion for Beverly is that of creating an image that tells a complete story in one instant, one frame; a story that is both a celebration of the sheer beauty and wonder of wildlife and also a window into its future. She is a child of Africa and that seems to make all the difference because deeply embedded in her work is a knowledge of her subjects; she seems to understand the leopard through the highlights on the eyes and what it will do next, because she has seen it thousands of times before. She feels the mist swirl around a male lion… and we as observers of the image she gives us, can also feel the roar that is about to come from its mouth, because she has heard those roars daily for decades. The authenticity of her work has been recognized by institutions like the American Academy of Achievement, and in The World Ecology Award, let alone six Emmy Awards, a Peabody and endless other notable film awards that they have collected together. She is a founder of the Big Cats Initiative and sits on the board of WildAid in San Francisco, and regionally on Great Plains Conservation boards in Kenya and Botswana. Their TED talk (2010) has also been seen by thousands of people. Her passion for wildlife is endless. Perhaps for Beverly, the most prestigious and valued accolade is the Presidential Order of Merit given to her by the president of Botswana His Excellency Ian Khama, for work done for the enhancement of the reputation of Botswana via her images. But Beverly's eye for light and recognizing a unique moment in wildlife comes from quite simply doing the time in places she loves, with someone she loves and with a healthy blend of outrage against what is happening to these wild places and the precious animals she knows so well. Alexandros Demetriades was born in 1967 in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 1984, Alexandros moved with his family to the U.S. He later completed a BA in Business and Economics, and an MBA in Finance and Investments at George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 1996, he formed a cross-disciplinary design firm, where he acted as Creative Director. In 2009, Alexandros studied cinematography at New York University. Upon graduating, he returned to Cyprus to commit to photography professionally. In Cyprus, he embarked on a personal photographic journey documenting his homeland for two years (2010-11). In the meantime, he also traveled to the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa covering both newsworthy events but also personal projects. Alexandros Demetriades's second long term project "The Color of Scars" is an ongoing project that deals with life during and after the Arab Spring revolutions. Alexandros has received numerous awards, including from B&W Magazine, International Photography Awards, Photo Annual Awards and Sigma Annual Photography; in 2012, he was nominated from the Terry O'Neil Award. In 2013 he was a finalist at the  ONWARD Compé awards, won a Gold and Silver at the San Francisco International Awards, and Gold and Bronze at Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) amongst others. His work has been published in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times Lens Blog, Leica Fotografie International, B&W magazine, Vervephoto: a new breed of documentary photographers, amongst others. He is currently working as a freelance photographer. 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 ten years, Alice. As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and is also preparing to return imminently to Afghanistan. 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. He lives with his wife and three children in Devon, England. Ralph Lee Hopkins is the director of Expedition Photography for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ( and a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers ( He is lecturer on tour with National Geographic Traveler's digital seminar series. His latest book is Nature Photography-Documenting the Wild World (Sterling Publishers, 2010) Graeme Williams qualified as a geologist but decided his photography hobby was his vocation. He worked as a freelance photographer in South Africa and London. From 1989, he covered the end of apartheid and transition to democracy for Reuters. From 1991, he was a member of Afrapix, a progressive photographers' collective that played a crucial role in covering the truth of events in this contested period. With other Afrapix photographers, he later founded South Photographs Agency. Graeme Williams has staged solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, New York and Paris and has contributed to more than thirty joint exhibitions. In 2011, his work was included in the major South African Contemporary photography exhibition, Figures and Fictions, at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. He continues to work on both commissioned and personal projects in South Africa and internationally. Assignments have taken him to fifty countries. H is work is widely published in such leading magazines as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Stern, Die Zeit Magazine, and Photography (UK), and in many books on photography. Recently, he was included in Then and Now, a 2008 book, film and exhibition, which saluted eight South African photographers who contributed to South Africa's photographic heritage, both before and after the 1994 transition to democracy. His work is held in collections in the USA, Europe, and S.Africa. Graeme Williams was born in Cape Town and now lives in Johannesburg. New York based (b.1965 London) has worked as a freelance photographer and writer for over 14 years, focusing on under reported stories about people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict around the world. He has won a number of international awards including the Lucie's 'People Photographer of the Year -2010', His work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Newsweek, and his images have been exhibited in the USA, UK, Europe and China. He was made Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - London in 2009 for his photographic work and cultural expeditions. James Morgan To commission James or to request prints of his work: James Morgan (b. 1986) is a multi-award winning photojournalist and filmmaker. The majority of his work is focused around providing supplementary narratives to environmental and human rights policy. His images have led campaigns for The World Wildlife Fund, United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Refugee Agency. He is also interested in wider ethnographic work, particularly concerning the meeting of indigenous cosmologies and the natural world; typically merging funding sources in order to tackle subjects beyond the scope of conventional editorial assignments. The resulting bodies of work have won numerous awards and exhibited internationally. James merges his passion for storytelling with a rigorously ethnographic methodology, stressing intimacy with his subject matter and working out of compassion, respect and understanding for the people and issues he is fortunate enough to photograph. He has travelled to over 60 countries, is comfortable working in any environment and can speak English, Malaysian, Spanish, Icelandic and Indonesian. James is an ambassador for underwater housing manufacturer Aquatech and is represented by London-based Panos Pictures. Dina Oganova To commission Dina or to request prints of her work: Freelancer, Dina Oganova was born in Georgia in 1987.  She was educated at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty Of Business Economy (Georgia.Tbilisi) and at the Yuri Mechitov Photography Art School (Georgia.Tbilisi). Since 2012 she has been a member of Georgian photo agency: "Georgian Photographers". She has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions, book and movie projects and has won a number of prestigious awards. She speaks Georgian, Russian and English.   Gaia Squarci To commission Gaia or to request prints of her work: Gaia Squarci is a freelance photographer based in New York city. Raised in Milan, Italy, she graduated in History of Art from Dams University in Bologna, and then she moved to New York to attended the photojournalism program at ICP, International Center of Photography. Gaia collaborates with Reuters and Sipa USA, and her photos have been published on the New York Times, New,, Reuters Full Focus, Witness Journal, Peacereporter. She's available for photography and video assignments in the United States and abroad. Working on a photography, video and audio project about blindness and visual impairment, she welcomes anyone who might have insights, suggestions or ideas for collaborations to get in contact. Rohit Gautam To commission Rohit or to request prints of his work: Rohit Gautam has a Bachelor of Art degree in English Literature, Political Science and Economics as well as a Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been guided on his journey into photography by his teacher and Magnum photographer Raghu Rai. He is currently working as a Freelance News Photographer at Demotix-London and News Pictures-France and he is a contributing photographer at CORBIS images. His work has featured prominently in international media such as The Telegraph (U.K), Yahoo: India, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Ireland. Our Many Stories- Hong Kong, Photojournale, Art Photofeature Magazine, Popular Photography Magazine, Lens Culture Magazine, The Blue Hour Magazine, Global Voices, Photojournalism Now, Fotojournalismus, Liquid News Room, Radio Horytna: Egypt, Professional Photography Blog. His work has also featured in Indian media including: The Hindu,Lonely Planet-India, Rediff, Yahoo , Careers360 Magazine, Competition 360 Magazine, The Kashmir Walla Magazine, Emaho Magazine, Education World Magazine, Annual Calendar of "South Asian University" (SAU), New Delhi The Tehelka Foundation, Acacia Foundation,Lens Eye, Jharkhand Mirror. He has been involved in a number of exhibitions and has received honors and awards for his work. Back to current issue