Saturday, 27 March 2010

Saturday, 20 March 2010

In the shadow of the Bear

Although I haven't put up on my website the latest work from "In the Shadow of the Bear" from Georgia and Ukraine, I have started combining some of the work in the first of a long editing process. Below is a couple of early ideas. 

Friday, 12 March 2010

Fault Lines Book cover

This is the design for the Fault Lines book cover, minus publishers logo, for the English version of the book. There is a possibility of a different cover for one or more of the other publishers.
The lead publisher is Postcart from Italy with the Italian edition, Filigranes for France and Apeiron for Greece.
Schilts publishing will take the English/ international edition, distributed in the rest of Europe by Thames and Hudson. If everything goes to plan we should be printing the book at the beginning of April.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Shortlisted for BJP project assistance award

I have been shortlisted for the BJP project assistance award alongside 7 others.
Proposals of each photographer can be seen by clicking on their names.

Eight photographers in competition for £5000 Project Assistance Award

The names of the eight photographers who will compete for BJP's £5000 assistance award have been announced

For the past year, BJP has showcased every week a personal project from a photographer looking for completion funding or assistance shooting another series. Out of the 56 projects published in BJP, eight have now been selected for the final stage of the competition.

This year's shorlist includes CJ Clarke, Jude Edginton, George Georgiou, Liz Hingley, Kalpesh Lathigra, Sayaka Maruyama, Dana Popa and Clare Smart.

The eight shortlisted photographers will now be invited for interview at BJP’s London HQ . An independent judging panel will assess the photographers’ proposals and offer advice on how they might be tightened up or improved. Each will then receive a cheque for £300 with which to carry out additional research (which might include shooting tests, drawing up a budget, etc) over a four-week period.

They will then have to present their plans to the panel, which will award the £5000 cash prize to the best project.

  • CJ Clarke is nominated for Belfast Now - Forgotten Union, which documents the lives, habits and environment of the fragmented unionist community in Belfast.
  • Jude Edginton was chosen for his I'm the Daddy Now work, which aims at portraying up to 50 men of all ages who became fathers as teenagers.
  • George Georgiou's In the Shadow of the Bear documents the aftermath of the peaceful "colour" revolutions that took place in Georgia and Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia's resurgence as a major international power.
  • Liz Hingley is nominated for her project titled Under Gods, Europe, which she started on Soho Road in Birmingham. Her next stop will be in a street of Paris 'to show the growth of multi-faith communities and the issues they cause and face in different countries'.
  • Kalpesh Lathigra is nominated for his Infrastructure of the War project, which looks at the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Sayaka Maruyama's work Japan Avant-Garde is an homage to Japanese culture. The photographer's work is inspired from Geisha style and Japanese art.
  • Dana Popa is nominated for Not Natasha, a project that 'trace the tragically fractured and damaged lives of young girls and women caught up in human trafficking for prostitution within Europe.
  • Clare Smart is nominated for her Club Liberty 09 project - a series of portraits focusing on the concept of identity through music culture.
For more information, visit

Sunday, 7 March 2010

FNAC Photographic workshop

On Saturday the 20th March Samuele Pellecchia, photographer and director of Prospekt agency and myself while take a one day workshop in Naples. This is one of a large number of FNAC workshops taking place in 3 cities in Italy over a number of months.

Details are in Italian here

The program is impressive.

Sabato 20 marzo | Giulia Tornari e Davide Monteleone CONTRASTO
Sabato 10 aprile | Francesco Zizola NOOR
Sabato 29 maggio | Paolo Pellegrin MAGNUM PHOTOS
Sabato 12 giugno | Marco Di Lauro e Patrick Nola GETTY IMAGES
Sabato 25 settembre | Micha Henrotte e Elena Ceratti H&K
Sabato 23 ottobre | Christian Caujolle e Massimo Berruti AGENCE VU
Sabato 20 novembre | Samuele Pellecchia PROSPEKT

Sabato 20 marzo | Samuele Pellecchia e George Georgiou PROSPEKT
Sabato 10 aprile | Christian Caujolle e Lorenzo Castore AGENCE VU
Sabato 29 maggio | Marco Di Lauro GETTY IMAGES
Sabato 12 giugno | Francesco Zizola NOOR
Sabato 25 settembre | Franco Pagetti e Giulio di Sturco VII PHOTO AGENCY
Sabato 23 ottobre | Micha Henrotte e Andre Rau H&K
Sabato 20 novembre | Paolo Pellegrin MAGNUM PHOTOS

Sabato 20 marzo | Francesco Zizola NOOR
Sabato 20 aprile | Samuele Pellecchia e Massimo Sciacca PROSPEKT
Sabato 29 maggio | Christian Caujolle e Paolo Verzone AGENCE VU
Sabato 19 giugno | Franco Pagetti e Giulio di Sturco VII PHOTO AGENCY
Sabato 25 settembre | Marco Di Lauro e Patrick Nola GETTY IMAGES
Sabato 23 ottobre Paolo | Paolo Pellegrin MAGNUM PHOTOS
Sabato 20 novembre | Giulia Tornari e Simona Ghizzoni CONTRASTO

British Council photographic workshop in Lagos

©Ekong Udobang

Just got back from an 8 day workshop organised by the British Council in Nigeria for 8 aspiring photographers. I mentored the workshop with fellow British photographer Joy Gregory.

© Enimien Etorni

The project was around the issue of climate change in Nigeria and the photographers had a tight 4 days including travel to shoot. Then it was back to Lagos to edit and prepare the images for a catalogue and exhibition taking place on the 19th March at the British council offices in Lagos.

With presentations and discussions around photojournalism, documentary and conceptual photography the schedule was pretty hectic. All the photographers had a incredible appetite to take on a lot of new information and were very open minded in how to approach the project.

© Stephen Olayinka

I am very proud and honoured to have been involved in this project, specially on a continent that is so under represented by home grown photographers with any kind of international profile or opportunity.

© Olantunji Obasa

© Emmanuel Osodi

© Tom Saater

©Emeke Obanor

© Kunle Ajayi

Friday, 5 March 2010

Workshop in Riga, Latvia

Vanessa Winship and I are teaching a 2 day Documentary masterclass in Riga, Latvia on the 27 and 28 March.

The combined master-class will address the issues of contemporary documentary photographic 

practice and approaches. The aim is to build up an understanding of different forms of narratives and 

ways of structuring the work on comprehensive documentary projects. 

More info and to apply from here