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:


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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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.


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.