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Professional Photography April 2016

Each issue celebrates world-leading professionals and their images through in-depth interviews and extensive photographic portfolios. With 4 issues in a 1 year subscription, you can enjoy inspirational galleries from established and emerging names in photography – as well as keeping up with news and reviews of the latest pro kit, exhibitions and books.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

Warren Richardson’s World Press Photo of the Year 2016 (page 26), shot amid the European migration crisis, makes it easy to understand why this is among the most prestigious accolades for photojournalists. Francis Kohn, chair of the World Press Photo general jury, said the image “had such power because of its simplicity, especially the symbolism of the barbed wire”. But I find it much harder to pinpoint what’s so moving about this scene of a small child being passed through a border fence. Perhaps it’s too reminiscent of World War I, of no man’s land. The fear and uncertainty surrounding these borders is arrestingly captured. The photograph, which also took first prize in the competition’s Spot News category, is the first black-and-white winner of the main award since 2009. It gives…

2 min.
this month’s featured pros

LINDSEY CARLOS CLARKE PAGE 16 In our exclusive interview, the widow of Bob Carlos Clarke remembers her dark and dangerous late husband, 10 years after his death. SPENCER LOWELL PAGE 12 It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but Lowell only had 24 hours to execute the TIME magazine cover he’d been commissioned to shoot. DAN MARTENSEN PAGE 50 Editorial photographer Dan Martensen spent five years on a personal project that saw him build a touching relationship with six brothers. KEVIN MULLINS PAGE 77 Documentary wedding photographer Kevin Mullins gives us his ‘must read’ photo book... if you’re able to track a copy down. MARIANNE TAYLOR PAGE 92 Marianne Taylor explains how she keeps her costs under control and her photography business in good financial health. JILL FURMANOVSKY PAGE10 The rock photographer legend tells us the story behind an image of The Buzzcocks – an image that inspired…

4 min.
don’t box me in

It’s a lucky photographer who can exact a bumper living from one aesthetic alone. All in all, it’s been a strange week. Monday I shot cosmetics, Tuesday it was jewellery. Wednesday I was meant to shoot a youth football team in the banlieue of Paris for a poster campaign, but it was cancelled due to the weather. Thursday was a dull day of editing, and today, I pack. I had an email this morning from a reader who’s decided to change his job title from ‘fine art photographer’ to just ‘photographer’.In Kenya I’ll be shooting a piece on the ivory trade, which will be part documentary, part wildlife, part fine art and a sliver of stock. So what can we glean from all of this? I’ll be buggered if I know. When…

1 min.
“it is the only of mine that picture inspired actually a piece of music.”

BUZZCOCKS, 1977. This image came out of a publicity shoot for the Buzzcocks’ record company and was basically a walkabout in the streets of Manchester. We took the first shot in front of a place that had a big painting on the wall, then we went to a park and the musicians posed on the climbing frames in the kids’ playground. We then went to a fish and chip shop and photographed the band having lunch, and finally we went to a public library and they posed in front of the bookshelves. It was a typical press session of its time. This image, of the four musicians standing in front of the ‘Fiction’ and ‘Romance’ sections of the library, inspired a song of the same name written by Pete Shelley. It…

4 min.
“i’ve had a really great response to the ebola cover”

Photography is about detail, more than any other art form. I always strive for as much as possible. Just when it seemed the world was finally Ebola free, Sierra Leone, officially declared safe in November, confirmed fresh outbreaks in 2016. Whilst its re-emergence doesn’t have the headline-vigour it did two years ago, the images associated with the disease still pack a punch. With that in mind, we caught up with the man responsible for one of 2014’s most iconic Ebola pictures. Spencer Lowell’s Ebola-inspired cover image for TIME magazine became one of the most famous photographs to be associated with the disease; dramatically embodying the concerns and fears of a nation, not to mention a world, potentially on the verge of a pandemic. He reveals how it was created... THE Californian photographer…

9 min.
dark & dangerous

Lindsey Carlos Clarke lets out a warm, rolling laugh. I’ve just asked her what made her fall for her late husband, Bob Carlos Clarke. “He was probably the most dangerous man I’ve ever met in my life,” she says, the laughter fading away but the broad smile still apparent in her voice, even through the crackle of a phone line. “When I was young and beautiful, I definitely wanted something very dark and dangerous and something that travelled at high speed and that was definitely Bob.” DARK AND DANGEROUS. A fitting description of a man whose life and career were simultaneously complex, mysterious and absorbing. If ever a photographer communicated through his work, it was Carlos Clarke. He loved the female form, but he also carried with him insecurities, frustration and…