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David James 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
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Ragnar Axelsson To commission RAX or to request prints of his work: www.rax.is Ragnar Axelsson.  Born in Iceland 1958RAX has worked for Morgunbladid, Iceland's biggest newspaper from 1976 and as a freelance shooting shooting projects in various parts of the world for numerous magazines and agencies. He has had his work published in: LIFE, National Geographic, Le Figaro, Stern, La Vanguardia, TIME, to name a few.The Golden Circle. Photographs by Páll Stefánsson, Ragnar Axelsson and Mats Wibe-Lund. Reykjavík: Iceland Review, 1989. Reykjavik. A book in color. (Icelandic) (English) Faces and figures: Contemporary Scandinavian photography. New York: American Scandinavian Foundation, 2001. Through the vastness near Snæfell by Ólafsson, Guðmundur Páll has photographs by Axelsson and also Friðþjófur Helgason and Jóhann Ísberg. Faces of the North, a book on vanishing lifestyles in the North Atlantic; Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, 2004. AWARDS:The Annual Icelandic Photojournalists Awards (Est. 1991): More that 20 awards, including Photographer of the year, four times, and Documentary story of the year, six  
Corentin Fohlen To commission Corentin or to request prints of his work: www.corentinfohlen.com Freelance photographer distributed by Divergence and working on assignment for: The New York Times, “M” (Le Monde Magazine), Libération, Stern, Polka Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, le Figaro, Paris Match, le Point, le Nouvel Observateur, l’Express, Le Temps, Die Zeit. Born on September 27th 1981 in France. During his studies in art and drawing in Belgium in 2003, he discovered photography. A couple of years later, he started to work for a small photo agency, Wostok Press, covering political and social news in Paris. After being distributed by the agencies Gamma and Abaca Press, he joined the association Fedephoto to distribute his work independently, on international news: elections in Afghanistan, earthquake in Haiti, the Red Shirt uprising in Bangkok, the Kosovo independence, conflict in North Kivu, Southern Sudan independence, Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya, the first free elections in Tunisia and Egypt, the famine in the Horn of Africa.
Joanna Nottebrock To commission Joanna or to request prints of her work: www.joanna.nottebrock.de Born 11 January 1976 in Flatow, Poland. Through design Joanna Nottebrock comes to photography - for an advertising agency she works as an art director, then she found her passion in photography. In 2007 she studied photography in Hanover. Twice her work has been exhibited at the Lumix Festival, also at the Kunstverein Wiesbaden and in the context of various community and traveling exhibitions.  She takes part in workshops with Peter Rigaud, Anders Petersen, Antonin Kratochvil (VII) and Moises Saman (Magnum). After her bachelor's degree in 2011 Joanna Nottebrock studied in the master class of the University of Hannover and was awarded for her thesis "Greece is in a tunnel, without seeing light" with the VG Bildkunst fellowship for one of her intended project in Cuba. Since late 2011, she has been a member of the photo agency Laif.  Since 2012 she has
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John Bulmer To commission John or to request prints of his work: www.johnbulmer.co.uk John Bulmer was a pioneer of colour photography in the early 1960’s working for the Sunday Times Magazine from the very first issue till the 1970’s He was brought up in Herefordshire, became a passionate photographer, and when he went to study  engineering at Cambridge continued taking photographs- first for the University newspaper Varsity and then for Image, a picture magazine that he co-founded.  He also started shooting stories on Cambridge for Queen Magazine, the Daily Express newspaper, and finally a story on the Night Climbers of Cambridge which sold to Life Magazine. This ended his career at Cambridge, and he went up to London where he was offered a job as photographer on the Daily Express.  At the time the Express was the foremost paper in Britain for photography, and did many assignments in association with Paris Match. He soon started shooting stories for Town Magazine, a new fashion magazine that became well known for good photography, using others such as Terrence Donovan, David Bailey and Don McCullin.  John Bulmer did many groundbreaking stories for them including; The
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Robert Young Pelton To commission Robert or to request prints of his work: www.comebackalive.com Robert Young Pelton is the author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places, Licensed to Kill, Hired Guns in the War on Terror and most recently Raven. He has worked for CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Investigative, CNN and National Geographic.  ryp@comebackalive.com
Fyodor Telkov To commission Fyodor or to request prints of his work: www.flickr.com Photographer, curator. Member of the Union of Photographers of Russia. Was born in 1986 in Nizhny Tagil (Russia). - Participation of «Pingyao International Photography» Festival (China, Pingyao, 2013) - Winner of competition «The Young photo 1/2: See» (Russia, St.-Petersburg, 2013) - Winner of competition «Circuito OFF» («Festival di Cortona», Italy, 2013) - 1 place (a nomination «ECO world») in competition reporting photos of Alexander Efremov (Russia, Tyumen, 2012) - Participation of photo biennial «FotoFest 12» (USA, Houston, 2012) - Laureate of «The Best photographer 2010» (Russia, Moscow, 2011) - Winner of competition «Photounion 2011» (Russia, Chelyabinsk, 2011) - 3 place (a nomination «Federal reporting») in competition reporting photos of Alexander Efremov (Russia, Tyumen, 2011) - Participation of international «Portfolio review Russia» (Russia, Moscow, 2011) - Winner of competition «The Young photo: Edge» (Russia, St.-Petersburg, 2011) - Winner of competition «The Young photo 2/2. Time» (Russia, St.-Petersburg, 2010) - The grand-prix of competition «Young photographers of Russia – 2009» (Russia, Novgorod, 2009) - Laureate in competition «Young man in the 21st century» (Lithuania, Kaunas, 2009)    
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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, Dreamgirls in 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.
times.The Oskar Barnack Award, 2001. Honourable MentionFestival Photo de Mare, Vannes, Grand Prix.
In 2012 he embarked on long-term work in Haiti; a reflection on the consequences of international control over the country.
Black Country, Nelson, The North, as well as overseas stories in South America, Africa, New Guinea and Indonesia. The Sunday Times then produced the first of the Colour Supplements, later copied by all the newspapers. John Bulmer shared the cover of the first issue with David Bailey- a picture of a footballer he took surrounded by pictures of Jean Shrimpton’s armpit!  This was a small start but John soon had a contract to shoot sixty pages a year, and travelled to nearly 100 countries on their behalf. The writer Martin Harrison, in his book about photography in the 60’s “The Young Meteors” describes the start of the Colour Magazines:- “The switch to colour was, therefore, quite sudden and few photographers were prepared for it.” John Bulmer was recognised immediately for having made the necessary adjustment and thinking specifically in terms of colour became one of the most prolific contributors of colour reportage to the Sunday Times Colour Section. Many of Bulmer’s most important assignments were abroad, but he was also acknowledged as an adroit recorder of provincial Britain. His reputation as a recorder of the industrial cityscape was probably gained at Town, where he was responsible for stories on Nelson, Lancashire, The Black Country, and The North is dead” His work was several times singled out for awards by the Design and Art Directors Club and he has had pictures shown at the Gallery of Modern Art in New York, the Photographers' Gallery in London, and the National Museum of Photography in Bradford. By the early seventies the Sunday Times changed course, looking for stories on “Crime, Middle class living and Fashion” as described to Bulmer by the new editor. It was time for a change and John Bulmer moved sideways into making documentary films. He filmed a programme on the life of Van Gogh in the South of France, directed by Mai Zetterling, and went on to direct many films on travel and untouched tribes in the most inaccessible parts of the world. These were primarily shown on BBC, Nat Geo and Discovery Channel. He has now returned to Herefordshire to catalogue and show his huge collection of still photographs, many of which have never been seen.
Work published in Russian reporter, GEO, Port, Calvert, Rolling Stone, Foto and video (Russia), Foto and video (Czech Republic), Digital Photo, The New Times, Russian photo, Neva time, Russia Beyond the Headlinesа, site BBC (bbcrussian.com).
worked as freelance photojournalist (for clients like Stern, Spiegel, Die Zeit, NZZ, Chrismon, Le Monde, The New York Times) and received different awards for her sensitive reporting.
Matteo Bastianelli To commission Matteo or to request prints of his work: www.matteobastianelli.com Born in 1985, Matteo Bastianelli is a freelance photographer, documentary film director and publicist-journalist based in Rome. He attended the "Scuola Romana di Fotografia" where he achieved a masters’ in reportage d’auteur and photojournalism. Above all he works on personal long-term projects related to social, political and environmental issues, concentrating his endeavours on the consequences of the conflicts which led to the disintegration of ex- Jugoslavia. He has been working in several countries in the Balkans, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria, focusing on the theme of memory, identity and cultural heritage. New projects are under and away in his home country, Italy, where he is working on a visual documentary report regarding environmental pollution which affects people's life in the town of Taranto, the most polluted industrial area in Europe. In 2013 he started a new project in Bulgaria, the EU's gateway for Syrian asylum seekers fleeing their country after the unsuccessful Syrian Civil War. His images have been published by some of the
major national and international magazines, including International New York Times, Lens-The New York Times, Burn, Foto8, Gup magazine, Internazionale, Lens Culture, Le Journal de la Photographie, L'Espresso, Photoraw, Private, to name a few. His projects have been shown in Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Turkey, Holland and the United States. He has received various important awards for his work in numerous national and international competitions, among which Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, Canon Young Photographers’ Award, PDN’s Photo Annual Award, an Honourable Mention from the NPPA- Best of photojournalism, International Photography awards, finalist for the Emerging Photographer Grant, Fotovisura Grant and the Lumix Multimedia Award. In 2012 he was nominated honorable member of the international team of experts for the “Institute for Research of Genocide” in Canada. "The Bosnian Identity" is his first documentary film, screened in the official selection at BIF&ST- Bari International Film Festival 2013, where was awarded the "Vittorio de Seta" prize for the director of the best documentary film. He is currently member of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.
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Betina La Plante To commission Betina or to request prints of her work: facebook page Born in Argentina, Betina left at the age of 8, when she went to boarding school in Europe.  She did an art foundation course at Harrow Art school in London and studied Dramatic Art in Rome, before moving back to London to work in television and film production for several years. Currently she lives in the small town of Ojai, California.  She is a self proclaimed, “full time mother, occasional photographer”, but has always loved photography and began taking a more serious interest in it after meeting and becoming close friends with the legendary Elliott Erwitt and his wife Pia while living in East Hampton, NY. She started shooting social events, weddings, locations and casting photos for experience, before concentrating on her real passion – people.
The results of a photo session with Terence Stamp in 2009 led to some great exposure in international competitions, which fueled the passion to keep taking portraits.  Currently, she is working on several personal portraiture projects, and hopes to collaborate with other photographers who inspire her to broaden her horizons.
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Soumya Shankar Ghosal To commission Soumya or to request prints of his work: www.ssghosal.com Soumya is a Management Consultant by profession and specializes in Street and Documentary Photography. His work has received a Special Mention at the CGAP World Bank Photo Contest 2013 and Grand Winner by FOMC 2 by Red Frames 2013. He has won various Photography Contests by Nikon Asia, Olympus, Fujifilm, RRCP etc. and has been published in National Geographic Traveller India, NationalGeographic.com, Epson Fotoflock, 1X.com, Camerapixo, DNA and The Telegraph. And has acceptances in various International Photography Salons, patronage of PSA (USA) & FIAP (France).
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Roy del Vecchio To commission Roy or to request prints of his work: www.roydelvecchio.com Roy is a goldsmith, editor and photographer from Amsterdam. He likes to travel, especially in Asia. It’s not the scenery or historical monuments that appeal to him, but what makes the continent: the people. He travels independently and usually wanders around, exploring places, walking the streets, talking to people. His photos are a reflection of those experiences. www.facebook.com/del.vecchio.photo
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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 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 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.  
He lives with his wife and three children in Devon, England.
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