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Professional Photography March 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

Henri Cartier-Bresson said your first 10,000 photos will be your worst. And it’s a sentiment echoed in this month’s big interview with Magnum president, Martin Parr. “I take many, many more bad pictures than most of your readers put together,” he says on page 24. His words should come as an inspiration to us all – “the hard work is making the pictures,” he says. Even Parr, with his decades of experience, countless exhibitions, books and accolades, is striving to make more and more, and better, photographs. Travel, experiment, be patient and persist, as you never know when a great image will appear, is the message. This admission and the flexibility Parr demonstrates add weight to Lottie Davies’ column on page 114, where she says that there’s no room for egos…

2 min.
this month’s featured pros

MARTIN PARR PAGE 24 In our exclusive interview, the Magnum president reveals all about self-publishing, beach experiments and a most unexpected sideline. CONNIE ZHOU PAGE 58 Connie Zhou explains her overriding passion for large, daunting structures, and talks us through her latest project: capturing the TWA terminal at JFK. IAN TEH PAGE 34 Ian Teh discusses his unique perspective on Asia’s economic miracle, casting subjects as tiny figures within vast, dystopian landscapes. PAUL MARTINEAU PAGE 14 Paul Martineau, who is curating the Getty Museum’s exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography, talks us through his ground-breaking work. CATHERINE GRANT PAGE 84 An art historian and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, Grant shares her views on the influence of feminism on today’s photographers. CHRIS DUFFY PAGE 10 The son of Brian Duffy tells the story of how his father collaborated with David Bowie to create the legendary album cover…

2 min.
i have no pride. i had no choice

I HAVE returned from Kenya, where I’ve been working on a project about elephants, the ivory trade, and its people. My client is a charity. The crunch is that funds need to be allocated to core activities, of which – despite profound protestations – I am not absolutely central. The nerve. So I’m going to jump into a pond I have stared at on many occasions but never dipped my toe into: crowdfunding. Last week I sat in a cold Parisian apartment, looking at two cameras and talking utter rubbish for two hours. Somebody very clever then turned that into a finely-honed missile: the video pitch. It was difficult; not the talking rubbish bit – that’s a speciality – but trying to compact so many emotional and political components into four…

4 min.
pop’s mona lisa

As the world absorbed news of David Bowie’s death on 10 January, there was an explosion of interest in his work. His face was on every newspaper, his albums soon flooded the charts and Bowie-related websites surged in popularity. One of them was the site for photographer Brian Duffy, which recorded 50,000 hits in the two days after Bowie died. It was a reflection of the close association between the two artists. “We’ve been completely inundated with requests for images,” says Brian Duffy’s son, Chris, who became the Duffy Archive director after his father’s death in 2010. “It was amazing to see the outpouring of affection for David and the astonishing effect he had on people around the world.” Duffy, together with Bailey and Donovan, formed the so-called ‘black trinity’ of ambitious,…

8 min.

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.” ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE’S body of work is a long, long way from conventional. It was a short career that ran against the grain of society and refused to follow cultural trends. His photography was beautiful and shocking at the same time. To some, his images were masterful creations with classical roots, while others struggled with his use of near pornographic imagery. Subjects range from homoerotic depictions of the male form, to delicately constructed representations of flowers, to personal portraits. There are influences from the Catholic church, the New York gay scene, pop art and 19th century art. His career was tragically short: he suffered from AIDS and…

9 min.
“people are funny”

I’m in the business of creating entertainment that has a serious message, if you want to read it. “YOU HAVE TO LAUGH. People are funny, aren’t they?” Martin Parr has a keen eye for quirky human behaviour. Where you or I might dismiss an everyday scene of supermarket shoppers, beachgoers or British-event revellers, Parr finds subjects for his anthropological-like work, which amuses its appreciators as much as it provides social commentary. “I’m in the business of creating entertainment that has a serious message, if you want to read it,” says the Magnum president, sat in his Bristol kitchen, cup of tea in hand. “My first priority is to make an entertaining picture, whether that’s bright colours, people, shapes or the design within it.” But each image is also playing a role within…