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Professional Photography January - February 2017

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

Most photographers working today no longer, or may never, step foot in a traditional analog darkroom. Historically, the public’s perception of photography has been tied to the picture of someone exercising their craft under a scarlet safelight’s glow, agitating white paper in a tray of liquid. Is that collective image being replaced with one of a person clasping a stylus, illuminated by the light of their Macbook Pro? This month’s debate (page 96) broached the subject of printing with panellists who have seen both sides of the digital revolution. Printing isn’t always recognised as its own craft (and a career path in its own right), and we question whether more of today’s professionals should take the time to inherit the knowledge that’s such an integral part of photography’s history. Reinforcing the point…

2 min.
this month’s featured pros

STEPHEN SHORE PAGE 18 The subject of our big interview this issue, photographer Stephen Shore discusses the value of banality and his pioneering use of colour. NICK TURPIN PAGE 34 The street photographer discusses his beautiful images of commuters behind steamed-up bus windows, and how they reveal people’s true personalities. STEFAN RUIZ PAGE 104 The award-winning Brooklyn-based photographer shows us around his browstone, home to both his studio and his quirky collections. BEN BRAIN PAGE 88 The editor of Digital Camera magazine reviews five of the latest photography books, including his issue pick, William Eggleston: Portraits. MARK FOXWELL PAGE 96 The creative director of Genesis shares his experience in our debate about whether photograhers should print their own work. VINCENT PETERS PAGE 14 The fashion, beauty and celebrity photographer explains how a cover shoot with Charlize Theron didn’t go as planned,…

3 min.
are photo contests judged fairly?

I’m perplexed when people can’t see that one image is better than another. There was a recent news story on artificial intelligence replacing judges in courts of law. Yes, advanced software can apparently now digest complex evidence and determine right from wrong as well as a human can. This got me thinking about two photography competitions I was recently involved in judging, and whether a computer could have done the job for me instead. Both contests were for emerging artists and the prizes included residencies. So my choices weren’t just about the quality of work: I had to weigh up the submission with how much the artist would benefit from winning and whether they’d do something interesting with the residency. I went into these judging days buoyed with the confidence that comes from spending…

1 min.
story behind

THE DRAMA INSIDE the helicopter unfolded in front of my eyes, silently and in slow motion, and the last thing on my mind was to photograph it. About two hours before taking this photograph, an eternity in my mind, we had survived an helicopter crash in Mount Sinjar, Iraq that killed four passengers, including one of the two pilots. We were now aboard a second helicopter, an even older-looking replica of the one that had just gone down, being flown across Isis territory to the safety of Kurdistan. In the past, especially when working in areas of conflict, I had adhered to a false sense of distance from my subject, one that allowed for the pursuit of a sort of superficial creativity over genuine empathy. I was just trying too…

5 min.
“she’s wearing a bed sheet but makes it look like dior”

Sometimes it’s good for photographers to be forced into a different storyline. Vincent Peters’ film-noiresque style has carved him a career working for luxury brand and elite fashion magazines on international assignments. But it’s the times when he’s forced to step out of his comfort zone, to be resourceful, that continue to propel him as an artist. This Charlize Theron shoot for the July 2008 GQ cover was one such instance. THERE IS a sense of cinematic nostalgia in Vincent Peters’ photography: the women he’s famous for shooting are presented elegantly, in a celebration of their beauty, transformed into 1960s screen sirens. Emma Watson, Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dakota Fanning, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Emilia Clark, Amanda Seyfried, Gisele Bündchen, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell have all been photographed by…

15 min.
stephen shore’s non-peak moments

It is exactly one week after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. And from his New York home, Stephen Shore is looking down his computer at me, via the Skype feed that links us, deliberating over the words to express his reaction to the news. “This is going to be a very slow recovery, I think. All over the world it’s been a shock.” The sprightly, silver-haired Shore, who turns 70 this year, pauses for a moment and then neatly diverts the political headline to a subject still relevant to the discussion but of greater concern to him personally. “I do Instagram very actively. I have a lot of followers in Iran,” says Stephen Shore. “In fact, the book on photography I…