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interviews / inspiration / insight

BRUCE DAVIDSON passion and purpose

featuring peter dench Sheila Metzner ART WOLFE BRENT STIRTON AMI VITALE zed nelson simon roberts


letter from the editor PHOTOGRAPHY legendS? We’ve got ‘Em.

On this issue’s cover is a photograph by Bruce Davidson – see our interview on page 16.

y letter last month put the case that in an overwhelmingly digital world, there’s real value to an analogue, printed magazine. Well, the same could well be said of analogue, physical events, where you get to meet photographers face to face, unfiltered by the oft-unnerving formalities of emails and social media. The reason this springs to mind is that The Photography Show is upon us, and the speaker line-up is as impressive as ever. Never one to miss a journalistic opportunity, in this issue we chat to some of the biggest names appearing at the event, namely Ami Vitalie (page 42), Art Wolfe (page 48), Brent Stirton (page 80), Bruce Davidson (page 16), Gered Mankowitz (page 12), Jasmine Star (page 108), Peter

Dench (page 68) and Zed Nelson (page 10). Whether or not you’re able to make it to the Birmingham NEC Super Stage between 17 and 20 March, we hope you’ll find a ton of insight and inspiration in these articles. We’ve managed to fit plenty of other great features into this packed issue too, including a major retrospective of Sheila Metzer’s work (page 132), a big interview with Simon Roberts (page 58) and a special report on how to deal with customer objections (page 100). In short, we’ve worked hard to make issue 21 the best it can be. We hope you find it as interesting and useful as we did. And if you do manage to make it to a photography event this year, we hope it gives you plenty of topics for conversation with fellow photographers – whether you’re furiously networking or just kicking back at the bar. Tom May Editor

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Contents Issue 21


Profiles BRUCE DAVIDSON 16 The Magnum veteran talks about his extraordinary 60-year career



PAUL KENNY 32 Meet the photographer who digitally scans found objects from the sea AMY VITALE 42 National Geographic’s Vitale on why travel photography isn’t all glamour ART WOLFE 48 Wolfe talks about revisiting subjects and creative use of digital tech SIMON ROBERTS 58 How Roberts is encouraging Brits to look at themselves more honestly PETER DENCH 68 Dench explains why he’s travelled 410 miles of the A1 for a photo series BRENT STIRTON 80 The documentary photographer on how he’s making a difference SHEILA METZNER 132 We speak to the artist about her long and varied career




art wolfe

BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT: HOW 100 TO HANDLE OBJECTIONS  Keeping clients happy and avoiding complaints means developing robust systems and working on your people skills, as our experts explain MY SPACE 108 One of the industry’s best-known wedding photographers, Jasmine Star, shows us her workspace and shares her career story 


peter dench


zed nelson



amy vitaLe


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Contributors Issue 21 / 2018 /


This month’s featured pros

Just some of the photographers, industry experts and writers that feature in this issue.

Bruce Davidson

zed nelson

Paul Kenny

Bruce Davidson discusses his long career, in which he’s blended an instinctive eye for a strong image with a dedication to documenting outsiders.

The London-based photographer explains how a picture he shot in a gun store in Dallas has become an iconic symbol of anti-gun protests in the US.

The innovative photographer explains how he creates beautifully abstract, still-life images by digitally scanning found objects from the sea.

ami vitale

art wolfe

simon roberts

Becoming a great travel photographer involves a degree of personal sacrifice and danger, explains National Geographic stalwart Ami Vitale.

One of the most respected nature photographers on the planet talks about travelling the globe, revisiting subjects and creative use of digital.

A very British photographer, Roberts explains how his latest monograph, Merrie Albion, holds up a mirror to British life immediately pre-Brexit.

peter dench


Michael Hoppen

To shoot his latest project, A1: Britain on the Verge, Dench has been travelling 410 miles of the A1 from London to Edinburgh, he tells us.

Documenting everything from conflict to conservation issues, the South African photographer explains how his work is making an impact.

Gallery owner Michael Hoppen explains how he went about curating an exhibition of rare vintage prints by Daido Moriyama.

holly wren

jasmine star

Gered Mankowitz

London portrait and lifestyle photographer Holly Wren explains how prevention is better than cure when it comes to client complaints.

One of the industry’s best-known wedding photographers, Jasmine Star shows us her workspace and shares her personal career story.

When Gered Mankowitz was asked to photograph The Rolling Stones in 1965, he had no idea how important the shoot would be, he recalls today.

ketan AMIN

Lottie Davies

kate hopewell-smith

The Brentford-based photographer outlines the strategies that help protect him and his clients from relationship breakdown.

Now that everyone thinks they’re a photographer, Lottie wonders if winning competitions is the only way to get respect as a professional.

The Buckingham photographer offers her advice on how to set clients’ expectations, in our special report on avoiding objections and complaints.

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Art editor Michelle McLaren Head of testing Rod Lawton Lab manager Ben Andrews

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Editor Tom May

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Group editor-in-chief Chris George

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Story Behind

pose him protective

“He adopted the of holding the up in this way. To , it was a gesture.”


Zed Nelson I met Mike in a gun store in Dallas, while working on my photobook, Gun Nation. I’d set up a make-shift studio and Mike walked in carrying his baby. He was there to buy ammunition for his handgun. I asked if I could take his picture, and he agreed. People often ask me if I posed the shot, but that’s not my style. Mike adopted the pose of holding the gun up in this way. To him, it was a protective gesture. He said, “It’s my constitutional right to own a gun and protect my family.” When TIME published my project a year later, they laid out this image on the cover, and asked me if I had a consent form signed by Mike. I hadn’t bothered at the time, so I contacted every gun shop, even the local radio station, trying to track him down, but with no luck. TIME magazine sadly pulled the image off the cover, and used it on the opening spread instead. As I carried on with the project, six months later I was in Columbine, Colorado, in the aftermath of a high school shooting. There was an anti-gun protest

and I was surprised to see the protestors were waving placards bearing my image of Mike and his baby – a symbol of a gun culture gone mad. Last year, 18 years after I shot Mike, I finally tracked him down, and went back to make a documentary film on the subject. His daughter, Kaitlyn, is now 19. Since we first met, half a million people have been shot and killed by guns in the USA. I asked Mike if he’d changed his views on gun ownership, and he said no. “But what about all the high school shootings?” I asked. “Guns being sold freely through Facebook, with no background checks?” Kaitlyn looked unhappy about her dad’s views, but Mike shrugged and said, “Let natural selection take its course.”

Zed Nelson is giving a talk at The Photography Show, (17-20 March at NEC Birmingham) on ‘Projects with Personal Vision’ (1pm, 20 March). For information, visit ISSUE 21 _ PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY _ 11

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