Month: October 2016

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Technique Versus Feel: Explaining That Photography Is Not A Science!

A recent conversation with a young photographer and his parents placed me into a position to have to do exactly what the title of this post suggests. They asked me to give feedback on his work as he is being taught photography at school by an art teacher who had no photographic experience. This to them was an issue ...

Capturing the Essence Not Just the Seen (A Photographer’s True Story)

I was recently commissioned to shoot a portrait of a familiar too many and well-established television personality,  well-known for his erudite banter, quick witted ripostes and sartorial elegance. Those are the attributes that we as viewers would associate with him (I will not name him as that would be unfair but I will reveal that he ...

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OPINION: Post-Production Should Be In The Past

A few months ago I judged a photography competition that led to me writing this article. I judged over 300 images online covering a wide range of approaches, subject matter and aesthetics but one particular issue shouted out to me loud and clear and it was that of post-production, of Photoshop, of manipulation. It would be ...

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REVIEW: Herb Ritts, “En Pleine Lumière”: PARIS 2016

The fashion world claims Herb Ritts as one of its superstars, but he is not truly a fashion photographer. He’s a portrait photographer who shot beautiful people and made them look even more beautiful than they were to begin with. Mostly they look more beautiful when they’re not wearing many clothes. While Ritts did shoot ...

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REVIEW: Arthur Elgort at Colette: Paris 2016

While Herb Ritts is (deservedly) lionised over in Marais, another hero of photography is being celebrated in a rather more informal fashion on the rue Saint Honoré. Colette hosted the launch of Arthur Elgort’s book, Fashion, Jazz, Ballet, last week, and has an exhibition of his prints in the store until November 5th. In contrast to ...