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DAVID JAMES  AMY TOENSING  CHLOE BARCELOU 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 and 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 having 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. Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. Toensing received a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine where she spent her senior year studying photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies in Portland, Maine. In 1994, Toensing was hired as a staff photographer at her New Hampshire hometown paper, The Valley News, where she covered the community she grew up in. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration. In 1998, Toensing left D.C. to get her Master’s Degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. In 1999 she was awarded the National Geographic photographic internship. Since then she has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and recently completed her thirteenth feature story. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. Toensing’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards. She has covered stories close to home, from Maine and the Jersey Shore to places on the other side of the globe, including the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback. She has also covered news worthy issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in western culture.  Toensing lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband Matt Moyer who is also a freelance photojournalist.  To commission Amy or to request prints of her work:  As a photographer, Chloe Barcelou is a personal illustrator of the human heart. Through the lens, she is able to capture the beauty in every moment, creating timeless portraits that depict the very soul of her subjects. At only 22 years of age, Chloe has already developed a deeply unique and dynamic style. Incorporating the philosophy that ''Art is not a thing; it is a way'' Chloe delves into the creativity of her projects at hand with passion and focus. Using unconventional materials, meticulously crafted props and originality in her approach to photography, she is able to create the staged imagery in which her portraits come to life with vivid colors and deeply emotive concepts. Chloe is a soulful individual seeking to capture the beauty the world offers and release it back, profoundly affecting the roots of the human spirit. She has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has recently begun her professional practice. GORDON WILTSIE Gordon Wiltsie is a writer, photographer and speaker whose work has taken him to some of the world's remotest locations, including previously unexplored wilderness regions of Antarctica, the Arctic, Central Asia and South America.  For more than 30 years, his pictures have been published around the world, including numerous feature articles for National Geographic.  Although Gordon is best known for his coverage of leading-edge mountaineering, dog sledding, skiing and archaeological expeditions, another passion has always been capturing intimate images of the people he encounters en route.  He cares deeply about vanishing ways of life and has become conversant in several languages, including Nepali, Spanish, French, Hindustani and Mongolian.  Gordon is the author of To the Ends of the Earth, a book of his expedition stories and photography, and his work was featured in Mountain Heroes, just published in the U.K. His fascinating blog can be found at KALPANA CHATTERJEE Born and raised in India, after her graduation Kalpana set out to be a web designer.  It wasn't until a few years later she turned photographer.  Her inherent interest in travel and her admiration of the beautiful world around her graduated into an urge to freeze such moments. As a mother of two children, she did not initially possess the luxury of time. It was only after her children had grown up and started going to school, that she started to pursue photography. "I picked up the camera, very hesitantly at first, as if to fulfill a long lost dream. As I trod the path, every leaf, flower or insect would be framed. The monotony of the subjects I captured did not deplete my enthusiasm though. Consequently, I came across some extremely competent photographers, who groomed me into a more mature artist and I gradually I unearthed the finer aspects of the art. My frames had grown beyond my garden and I had taken a keen interest in the field of people photography and landscapes too. Appreciation and motivation from fellow photographers definitely helped me pursue it with enthusiasm." Kalpana is located in the Ladakh region of India and is currently involved in documenting the breathtaking extravaganza of nature, the wonderful people and their colourful and vibrant customs. HELENE SCHMITZ Helene Schmitz was born in Sweden 1960. She currently lives and works in Stockholm. She graduated in a degree of History of Art and Cinema and has been teaching Photography. She regularly shows her work, mainly in Scandinavia and in France, where her works have been exhibited on several occasions: in Mois de la Photo (1996) the Swedish Cultural Centre showed the very moving series Living Rooms about her childhood home devastated after a fire. In 2007 in Paris, the Jardin des Plantes hosted an open-air exhibition of her works. In 2009 Transphotographiques the Palais Rameau in Lille exhibited her series Blow Up - portraits of very large-scale flowers where the personality of each specimen seems revealed. Presentations of Helene Schmitz's work have also taken place in the USA, South America and Japan. Part of her activity is dedicated to publishing books; the book A passion for Systems- Linnaeus and the dream of Order in Nature was rewarded by the Royal Swedish Library and the Swedish Publishing Prize. This book was also translated into English, French and Japanese. Her third book "Ur regnskogens skugga" was published in November 2011. She has had two stories published in National Geographic Magazine. In June 2012 Kristinehamns Museum of Art (Kristinehamns Konstmuseum) in Sweden will open a solo exhibition with Helene Schmitz. This will be her most extensive exhibition so far. She will also participate in Boutographies - Jurus selection, in Montpellier opening the 9th of June. ANZOR BUKHARSKY Anzor Bukharsky was born in 1968 year in Tashkent.  He has lived in Bukhara since 1975. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and has worked professionally since 2006. He works within the genre of 'stills documentary' and is interested in photographing ordinary people living their lives whether they be in a rural or urban environment. Anzor has participated in many exhibitions and projects and has won a number of prizes including the 53rd Venetian Biennial. His work has been featured in various Uzbekistan, Russian and foreign publications. ANDREJ KREMENTSCHOUK JULIE PLATNER
Andrej Krementschouk was born in 1973 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia. His varied career includes a completed apprenticeship as a restorer of icons and metal objets d’art, a diploma degree as chorus director, work as a freelance jeweller and restorer of icons, and a diploma degree in Communication Design with a focus in photography. No Direction Home was chosen as a winner of the competition “Good Prospects – Young German Photography 2007/8,” and was subsequently published as a monograph with the same name by Kehrer Verlag in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Krementschouk was a member of the Ostkreuz photographic agency, Berlin. He currently lives and works on Leipzig, Germany, and has recently completed a photographic project titled Chernobyl Zone. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, in 2011 he had a solo show at the renowned Blue Sky Gallery, Portland. Chernobyl Zone (II) is his fourth book published at Kehrer Verlag, after disquieting photo series from the deserted urban zone around the Chernobyl reactor No Direction Home  (2009, winner of PDN Photo Annual 2010), Come Bury Me (2010) and Chernobyl Zone (I) (2011). Julie was born in California in 1982.  In 2009, she acquired her first digital SLR camera from a film-set still-photographer with whom she was working and spent the subsequent year learning how to use it. She quickly concentrated her attention on documentary storytelling through the use of still-photography and video. Her fascination with the oddity of human behavior has brought her into contact with the many weird, wonderful, and often very dark elements of our collective experience. She has work in collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Memoria y Tolerancia, D.F. Mexico City.  Clients include M, le magazine du Monde, D – La repubblica, and The New York Times. Back to current issue