Nagoya Biodiversity Summit 2010 – Madagascar Report

•October 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As the summit enters its 2nd week the Environmental Investigation Agency (US) and Global Witness have released their finalised report on Investigation Into the Global Trade in Malagasy Precious Woods. It can be downloaded HERE. This document now includes critical evidence showing trade flows to China, Europe and the US as well as the conditions in Madagascar and their solution based recommendations.

The press release has already caused some waves in international media including the front page of BBC.co.uk today. Article by Richard Black is HERE.

The Planets Above Greenwich – Sky 3D’s Launch

•October 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a busy week centered around one of the biggest and most technically challenging shoots I have ever worked on. To celebrate the launch of Sky 3D, Europe’s first 3D TV Channel, we brought to life on Earth a scene from “The Universe” for photography and video. 8 giant helium balloons, painted like the planets and measuring between 6 and 1m in diameter were suspended over Greenwich Park as a crew of balloon engineers wrestled with the controls in a stiff wind. As per usual, I wish to keep the exact technical process a secret, but it took over 12 Pro-Foto heads at maximum power to freeze the movement of the balloons within a long ambient light exposure for the city background.

The images are again destined for the Getty Wire Service so absolutely zero retouching was applied. The final image was the culmination of over 100 hours work by a team of 17. Huge thanks to Will from Cake, Tim Bowditch my assistant , Pam at Orchard and Direct Lighting for a stadium’s worth of lighting kit.

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Artist’s Talk At Blue Dog Gallery – 21st October.

•October 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and the group exhibition ‘IN SITE’ I will be giving an Artist’s Talk alongside Wendy Pye and Ellie Davies. The talk is from 6 – 7:30pm on 21st October at Blue Dog Gallery, 20 Gardener Street
, Brighton 
BN1 1UP. I’ve also finally uploaded the Madagascar multimedia piece I showed at LookBetween festival earlier this year, viewable below:

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Brighton Photo Biennial, IN SITE Exhibition

•October 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

September has been an incredible month. I had some very productive meetings in Hong Kong planning a major project in China. I also spent 3 days photographing the city of Yangzhou, south of Shanghai, before flying direct to an assignment in New Mexico for the Telegraph. Details of which will follow soon. Now back on solid ground I would encourage you check out the following exhibition showing during The Brighton Photo Biennial and the is part of the Fringe. The Private View is opening soon with an artists talk on the 18th of October.

IN SITE,  featuring the work of photographers Ellie Davies, Wendy Pye and Toby Smith who create their photographic projects within protected sites of outstanding natural beauty and special scientific interest. Using different photographic strategies, each photographer has produced a series of images focusing on their relationship and response to the location and landscape.

Toby Smith presents his photo essay/documentary series ‘ Madagascar: Bois de Rose’, in which he exposes illegal logging in Madagascar. Ellie Davies and Wendy Pye respond personally to their respective locations of The New Forest and Beachy Head, using lighting techniques and physical intervention to create a personal response to the landscape.

The Renewables Project – Toronto Exhibition

•September 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I post this from Canada 2 days ahead of the opening of “The Renewables Project” in Toronto. The exhibition at Bau-Xi Gallery includes 14 prints and is  a featured exhibition in the Nuit Blanche festival on 2nd October, a mad all night art expo. If Canada is a bit far to travel theprintspace documented the opening in London which you can watch HERE.

I also have a selection of work in a group  show at the sister gallery, Foster/White, in Seattle. The exhibition got a great review in Seattle Post this morning HERE.

Perpignan – Photojournalism Festival

•September 6, 2010 • 2 Comments

Arrived back last night from Perpignan Festival of Photojournalism feeling tired, hungover but energised by the people and images I encountered. My 3rd year at such an important date/event to meet (schmooze) and socialise (drink) with other photographers from around the world. I also worked hard with “Reportage by Getty Images” who facilitated meetings with the best editors and provide the backbone of agency comradery. In no particular order (and apologies for omissions) here’s links to the people behind the conversations that will stay with me. Sometimes you have to dig really deep and persevere when chasing the belief that photography and reporting on the state of the world can change it. Meeting other people that share that passion and even risk their life in its pursuit is inspiring to say the very least.

Image is by Ben Lowy and is showing at the Tate Modern as part of the Exposed exhibition:

Reportage by Getty Images, GEO, National Geographic, Live Magazine, Brandon Thibodeaux, Jason Larkin, Laura Pannack, Ben Lowy, Leo Maguire, Antonio Bolvo, Kim Badawi, Marco Di Lauro, Jason Andrew , Tom Stoddart, L’Espresso, Save the Children , Eugene Richards and Brent Stirton.

People & Power – Madagascar, State of denial

•August 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Al Jazeera news teams from the series ‘People and Power‘ spent time in Madagascar earlier this year. Their fantastic but harrowing insight into the country’s descent since the coup was broadcast internationally last week. Mei-Ling and David managed to gain an audience with the ‘president’ and also utilised over 2 minutes of the “Bois de Rose” footage I shot last year, denoted by the on-screen title “activist”.

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