Month: October 2012

Steve Pyke Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Grant Scott: Steve, I’d like to talk about stillness. Your work to me expresses the essence of stillness. Steve Pyke: You mean the portraits and the still life, all of my work? Grant: Yes, all of it. You seem to have remained true to the history of photography and portraiture, going back to ...

Tell Me A New Story

Having spent his career working within the worlds of photography and journalism, Grant Scott is well aware of the importance of narrative in imagemaking. But, as he has begun to find out, that awareness of storytelling is not obvious in a lot of recent short filmmaking. One of the greatest editorial art directors of the ...

The Photography Book

There really haven’t been many; not ones that have counted for much, anyway. There has, of course, been any number of good, important, significant books of photography. Just look at Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History (volumes one and two), and count all those glorious, revolutionary private projects, obsessions and inadvertently original ...

Mary Ellen Mark Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Mary Ellen Mark is one of the most revered and important portrait photographers in the world today. Her husband Martin Bell is an acclaimed filmmaker. Together over the last four years they have recorded the American prom. Grant Scott spoke to them both individually about the project that has resulted in a book, ...

Bill Owens Interview

Bill Owens was not only the photographer who captured the death of the counter culture dream at the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, he was also a pioneer in photographing and filming the normality of American suburbia. Sean Samuels discovered how Bill’s approach to photography and his career has neither been conventional or calculated. It ...

Paolo Roversi Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Italian born Paolo Roversi has lived in Paris since 1972; for the past 40 years he has been, with little debate, one of the most important, influential, independent and in-demand photographers working within the fashion industry and still is today. A long time…. admirer of his work, Grant Scott, caught up with him ...

Jocelyn Bain Hogg Interview

Jocelyn Bain Hogg (JBH) is sweating. He reaches for a small bottle of Trumper’s Extract of Limes and depresses a cooling mist. A polka-dot Paul Smith handkerchief is flourished from the pocket of his Adam of London suit to dab the beads from his lofty brow. I sip my can of Heineken. It’s touching 28°C ...

Sex and Fashion Photography

Sexual imagery has long been a staple ingredient within photography and filmmaking. As fetishism becomes increasingly mainstream Peter Silverton takes stock of our current fascination with sexual obsessions. Let’s start with the bra quandary; or perhaps, with the LaChapelle problem. David LaChapelle, that is. Actually, let’s leave the bra issue aside for the moment and ...

Homer Sykes Interview

I’m sat in the local Camden pub of international thriller writer Tom Knox (Sean Thomas). We are drinking a second bottle of rosé discussing success; his father is the critically acclaimed English poet, translator and novelist D M Thomas; he lives in a decent house in Cornwall with his current wife who is younger than ...

John Pawson Interview

John Pawson is one of the world’s leading architects best known for his minimalist approach to all of his work. But as architectural photographer Jim Stephenson discovered Pawson is also an obsessive and accomplished photographer. Architecture is a profession that tends to lend itself well to obsession. John Pawson is an architect, renowned for his ...

The Importance of Colour

I was watching The Social Network and it got me thinking about something. Though, at first, I had little idea of what I was thinking about, notions did start to crystallise when I found myself watching another movie: in particular, two scenes from a movie; two-and-a-half if you count the brief, wordless scene that comes ...

Landscapes

Okay, back to landscapes. Well, not just landscapes, in the specific sense of images of the natural world. Rather, the visual stuff in a picture or movie that isn’t people (or animals) and that we read, consciously or unconsciously, as having meaning. In particular, the straight and curved lines that form one of the most ...

Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson is a photographer whose work reworks the American suburb into a stage set for the inexplicable, disconcerting and often disturbing. In creating what he calls ‘frozen moments’, he has developed a process akin to the making of a feature film. Operating on an epic scale, he uses a large crew to shoot and ...

Christopher Anderson Interview

Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in West Texas. He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999, when he boarded a handmade wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe in God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000, the images from that ...

Bob Adelman Interview

eBOOK DOWNLOAD: Bob Adelman’s work has documented Andy Warhol’s Factory, the Civil Rights Movement, small town America and the life of a pimp but, as Sean Samuels discovered, his work is deeply influenced by all genres of visual creativity.  Sean: Tell me about your love for the art world and how you think this influenced ...

Jerry Berndt Interview

“I never went after my CIA files, but I am sure I made a small contribution to their paperwork,” comments Jerry Berndt confidently while he searches his desk for the dossier the FBI did make on him. “If I find it, I’ll send a copy over,” he promises me. As riotous now as I imagine ...

Saul Leiter: In No Great Hurry

Saul Leiter was a pioneer in the use of colour within photography throughout the Fifties and Sixties who continues to work from his New York studio. Tomas Leach is a London based film maker who wanted to create a documentary featuring the reclusive Leiter. The resulting film as Jim Stephenson discovered is a moving, sensitive ...

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How To Make A Book

Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph are German freelance filmmakers. Gerhard Steidl is the powerhouse behind the photographic book publishing company Steidl. Together they are responsible for creating one of the most engaging, passionate, funny, revealing, sensitive and essential films anybody interested in photography or photography book-publishing could see. The How To Make a Book project ...

Magnum Contacts

To many, the concept of the contact sheet is one of irrelevance; an artefact of the past; proof of photographic creation from another age. But to Grant Scott, the contact sheet holds more relevance today than it has for many years. He put his personal theories concerning the contact sheet to Kristen Lubben; associate curator ...

Polaroids

I don’t take many photographs. It’s been a long time since I picked up a movie or video camera with anything like serious intent. Even when I did regularly take photographs, I pretty much only used a Polaroid SX-70. That camera is still in a drawer and I still miss the lavish, lurid colours of ...