The Single Image Narrative: Sometimes It Chooses You

I recently wrote an article for World Press Photo exploring the issues many photographers have in creating a visual narrative with their work. In short the difficulty of finding, defining and telling a story with photographs. It seems to have hit a nerve and sparked the interest of many photographers receiving over 32 thousand views ...

The Geometry of Photography or How I Began to Understand Portrait Composition!

The artist David Hockney recently recalled a conversation he had with Henri Cartier- Bresson to the art critic and author Martin Gayford*. Hockney said this “We first met at my drawing show in Paris in 1975. He immediately wanted to talk about drawing, as he did whenever we met after that, and I always wanted to talk about photography. ...

Portrait Photography Made Simple, or Not!

I have long believed that the most important quality that a portrait photographer requires is an interest in people. A desire to talk but most importantly to listen. To feel confident enough in technical ability to not allow it to dominate the creative process. In short to demonstrate empathy, to document a person as they truly ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Narciso Contreras “Libya, A Human Marketplace”

Hôtel de l’Industrie in Saint-Germain-des-Près is a particularly civilised setting in which to tell a particularly grim story. This autumn the Hôtel hosted Narciso Contreras’ Libya, A Human Marketplace, winner of the 2016 Carmignac Photojournalism Award. It is a powerful and deeply disturbing set of images, about a horrific – and ongoing – situation. Having seen the exhibition ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: Louis Faurer at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

For those of us not already acquainted with the work of Louis Faurer, the centenary of his birth is high time to get to know this “quiet” great of American photography. In the 1950s and 60s Faurer was a successful fashion photographer, working in New York for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Glamour, and as staff photographer for the visionary ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Provoke” at Le Bal

Tucked away down a quiet alley, a few paces from the Pathé multiplex, Castorama DIY superstore, and permanently snarled traffic of Place de Clichy, Le Bal is one of those places you’re unlikely to stumble across by accident. To those in the know, however, Le Bal is an oasis of civilised calm – a bijou ...

REVIEW: Paris Photo 2016: “Entre l’Art et la Mode”

Carla Sozzani began collecting photography in the early 70s, two decades before Paris Photo was a twinkle in anybody’s eye.  Sozzani didn’t think of photography as an investment, simply as a way of keeping “souvenirs” of her work and friends – which makes a lot of sense if your friends include Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber ...