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Professional Photography June 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

It’s surprising how many of the photographers we interview don’t actually like cameras. “You take the picture in your mind and you just need the bloody camera to capture it, but if I could work without cameras it would be ideal,” says Terry O’Neill on page 38. Bailey said the same back in issue five – the camera is merely a tool for their painter’s eye. And much like Bailey, O’Neill bursts from this month’s pages with his larger-than-life character. It’s a must-read. Bailey, Duffy, O’Neill… the Sixties produced some fashion photography gems. Rogues, yes, expletive-spluttering, certainly – but charming ones at that, and artists who truly pushed artistic boundaries in their field. In fact, photography’s past is chequered with charismatic characters: Capa, Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Arbus... Which got me wondering: where…

2 min.

THIS MONTH’S FEATURED PROS Just some of the photographers, industry experts and writers that feature in this issue… TERRY O’NEILL PAGE 38 In our exclusive interview, the Sixties star discusses his newly released book about his time photographing The Rolling Stones. RALPH GIBSON PAGE 16 The American art photographer discusses his early years, and the erotic, mysterious images that have captivated the photographic world. JESSICA RINALDI PAGE 34 As winner of the feature photography category of the Pulitzer Prize 2016, Jessica discusses her study of a family thrust into homelessness. STEVE SCHAPIRO PAGE 10 Ahead of his ‘Heroes’ exhibition, Schapiro tells us the story behind one of his best-known Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick images. KATE HOPEWELL-SMITH PAGE 86 The people photographer joins this month’s round table panel, discussing the public’s current perception of professional photographers. JEAN BAPTISTE MONDINO PAGE 12 He photographed Prince’s most outrageous album cover and…

4 min.
you’ve got to love a 50mm prime

Trading it in would have felt like putting your least able child up for adoption. At The Photography Show, I had the pleasure of taking part in a panel debate on the ‘staging and manipulation’ of images in photojournalism. Everyone agreed the current situation was a mess, and it was probably going to get worse. As with all these conversations, a tight brief soon broke its moorings, and we had a decent old ‘bitch fest’. After that, I jumped on a Eurostar and stared lazily out across the French countryside, and this is what I concluded: you’ve got to love a 50mm prime. It’s hardly an Epicurean salute, granted, and it probably won’t change the morality I have just described. But there you go. Photography has mostly been, for me, a selfish…

1 min.
story _ behind _ steve _ schapiro

“Andy was so to the extent shy pretend that he once hired a look-a-like to to be him at a lecture.”Steve Schapiro This photograph was taken in 1965 when I was working on a story for Life magazine on Andy Warhol. I’d first met him in 1963 when working on a story on Henry Geldzahler, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for The New York Times. The evening I took the photograph I accompanied Andy and his entourage – Edie Sedgewick, Henry Geldzahler and his assistant, Gerard Malanga – to a socialite art collector’s dinner. Collectors would like to show off Andy to their friends, it was a prestigious thing to do. Andy was so shy though, to the extent that he once even hired a look-a-like to pretend to…

4 min.
“at one point i thought that he came from another galaxy”

The 1980s was an era of pop superstars and explosive albums... and a brilliant light amongst the stars was Prince. “At that time, he was above everybody,” says Jean Baptiste Mondino, the photographer behind the cover for his 10th album, Lovesexy. Mondino was at the heart of the 1980s and 1990s scene: as a music video director, he worked with everyone from Björk and Lenny Kravitz to Madonna and Bowie; as a photographer he shot a plethora of fashion editorials for Vogue, W, The Face and iD. Lovesexy saw Prince wrestle with moral and spiritual questions; the time-old battle between pleasure versus virtue. The image created for it was aimed with the accuracy of a cherub’s arrow to capture that clash. THE NINE-track album was released in 1988 with Prince’s emulation of Botticelli’s…

7 min.
god of small things

Ralph Gibson is steeped in the history of modern photography. During a conversation, he’ll throw in, “Henri said this to me,” or, “Dorothea wanted that.” That’s Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dorothea Lange, both of whom Ralph knew very well. And he’s not name-dropping. He’s simply a veteran photographer reflecting on the lessons he’s learned and the geniuses he’s met during an extraordinary career that shows no sign of winding down. RALPH GIBSON is one of America’s most celebrated art photographers. He’s perhaps best known for his photographic books, which often contain erotic and mysterious undertones. But there’s nothing obscure or elitist about his exquisite work. Gibson focuses on fragments and details, and the processes involved in perception, rather than chasing some big story, personality or event. You could call him a God of…