PITCH PERFECT WORKSHOP - FOR LEICA AKADEMIE, ITALY

Last November, I travelled to Milan to present my first workshop, Pitch Perfect - pitching stories to magazines and publications - for the Leica Akademie.

One of the questions I’m often asked when I meet photographers (emerging and established) is ‘how do photographers pitch ideas to you ?’ I thought it would be useful to create a weekend workshop dedicated to this subject.

Over two days, we looked at the many different ways that you can contact, pitch and present your ideas to editors. We investigated the value and pitfalls of social media as well as exploring the creative process of researching and coming up with new ideas. It was a stimulating session and the participants were a mix of established professionals, emerging photographers and career changers. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did and the feedback that I received was great. It was particularly interesting to see Milan again - I last visited the city as a teenager, on my very first trip to Italy. It was historic, chaotic and fun. Years later it has been transformed into a modern, stylish, European capital. I hope to return soon.

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Photos: Maurizio Beucci/Leica Ambassador


Catching Up - Encontros da imagem

Since it’s already February, I will stop pretending that it’s still the start of the New Year and will refrain from using the word ‘belated’ every time I bump into an old colleague or friend.

My new year’s resolution is to be more sociable, even if it involves never leaving my sofa to do so. First stop should naturally start with social media, including the updating of this blog. I’m a bit behind, but there were some really memorable events from 2018 that I need to give a shout to - the memories of which are making this currently cold spell feel a bit warmer.

Last September brought me to Braga, in Portugal. Braga is a small, under discovered picturesque city in Northern Portugal. I travelled there to attend the Encontros Da Imagem photo festival.

Encontros Da Imagem is a wonderfully eclectic festival with a small, formidable team behind it. I was invited to be a jury member and portfolio reviewer for their 2018 edition and spent many a day getting to know my fellow jurors, meeting artists and viewing some stimulating work. It’s always a pleasure to prise myself away from my desk and have conversations with people that I would ordinarily never meet in London. The compact size of the festival meant that getting to see all the shows was easy. When it came down to the judging, of course we each had our own subjective opinions about each work (coming from such diverse backgrounds), but this made the judging process all the more interesting !

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Visiting the many exhibitions, and some of the lovely international curators that I met along the way…


Leica Workshop in Milan in November !

I’m very excited to be presenting a workshop next month in Italy at the Leica Akademie in Milan. The topic is photo-stories and projects, and how to best pitch ideas and proposals to magazines and other publications. I’ll also be talking about the commissioning process and how to best to market photo-stories for various different publications. This workshop is aimed at emerging and mid-career photographers.

More information is on the link below:

https://store.leica-camera.com/it/it/pitch-perfect-a-masterclass-with-caroline-hunter

Portrait of Britain

Being a working mum means that I often spend my evenings rushing straight from work to make it back for story time. Last Thursday evening, I managed to make a rare outing to attend the Portrait of Britain book launch. I always admire the selection of portraits chosen for this competition, so I was pleased to be asked to judge (as part of a panel) this year's entries. The launch party was a lot of fun and was filled with all the photographers whose work is featured in the book, as well as their muses. The photographs will be exhibited throughout Britain and will be displayed on billboards and in other public spaces. 

 

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NORMANDY LANDING - A BOY ON A BEACH

After telling strangers what I do for a living, the next question is often, 'but do you take photos yourself' ? I do, though not often enough to call myself a photographer, and almost always when I'm away from the busy-ness of London. My son is now of an age where he has started to become self-conscious being photographed. Images that I take of him are often accompanied by a grin or a grimace. Here he had time to do neither. Here, he is captivated by the sensory experience of listening to the sounds made by the sea. I had but a few seconds to take this before he broke free to remind me of his age once again.

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RECONTRES D'Arles photo-festival

My first post should rightly start with a visit to Les Recontres, Arles - France's leading photo-festival. If the setting (South of France, balmy weather, delicious alfresco dining) isn't enough to tempt, then the incredible amount of photography shows and photo related talks and activities throughout opening week is enough to make me brave a 4am alarm call to catch an early morning flight to Marseille.

Highlights of the trip included Paul Fusco's splendid, seminal work, The Train - a journey that saw Fusco turn the camera on the spectators and mourners waiting for Robert Kennedy's funeral train to pass by. Clever re-interpretations by contemporary photographers made this an unmissable show that left me feeling both troubled and inspired. It was also great to re-visit some of the other great masters of Photography. Seeing Robert Frank's marked-up original contact sheets close up gave me a glance into a wildly creative mind way ahead of its time. African-American artist and cinematographer Arthur Jafa's  large-scale series of moving still images - more often from the African diaspora - with a few occasional surprises, was one of the few major works by a Black artist. Woman photographers seemed largely absent. Women of Colour photographers even more so. A shame. 

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