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Professional Photography May 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 not often we get the opportunity to put faces to names and see in a dedicated space the work that photographers have been grafting to produce. More often than not, it’s on a computer screen that we witness iconic images and future-defining new portfolios. All which makes the news of an international photo fair a delight to hear – whether it’s Paris Photo returning for its 20th edition, Photo LA for its 25th, or the younger Photo Shanghai and Photo London. Tens of talks, dozens of galleries and piles of new photobooks are carefully curated and produced at one event. So it’s with delight that we dedicate 46 pages of this issue to Photo London, returning for its second year this May. It doesn’t have the trade show feel of…

2 min.

THIS MONTH’S FEATURED PROS Just some of the photographers, industry experts and writers that feature in this issue… HIROJI KUBOTA PAGE 16 In this celebration of the Magnum photographer's life and work, we talk to him about his six decades of documenting war and peace. NOÉ SENDAS PAGE 12 The artist explains how he collaborated with a winning team to capture his creative, surreal Wallpaper*magazine cover with the broad brief of 'circles'. JOHN STODDART PAGE 98 The celebrity photographer opens his doors for us, and we take a look at his carefully curated archive, spanning an impressively star-studded career. PAUL SANDERS PAGE 86 The landscape photographer and former Timespicture editor shares his view of contemporary photojournalism in our round table discussion. REBECCA MILLER PAGE 92 Miller outsources her retouching; here she explains her initial trepidation, and why she overcame those fears when she found the perfect…

4 min.
everything is not awesome, please stop saying that it is

There seems to be just one gear now, the superlative gear, and everyone is full throttle. Everything is just awesome these days, isn’t it? It’s all so amazing, spectacular, stunning. Hang on, sorry, my mistake, I was just completely taken in by endless marketing guff. And I’m sure I’m not alone. If you’re a newbie coming into the market and your ambitions are to ‘make it’, you might just believe that the free piece you gave to that website/blog/forum/platform (delete as appropriate) is magnificent work, because the ‘community management’ person tweeted to the world that it is. And because someone who apparently is in the ‘business’ says it’s remarkable (my plan is to get as many superlatives into this article as possible), we’re supposed to accept their word for it. Why do…

1 min.
story _ behind _ alex _ webb

IN 1996 after returning from the US-Mexico border, I showed my new work to Rebecca Norris, whom I’d been seeing for some six months. When we came to this photograph from Nuevo Laredo, Rebecca smiled bemusedly and said, ‘muy romantico’. Looking again, I began to see that it does indeed strike a different note. Although inhabited by those deep shadows that characterise much of my border work, this particular photograph is quieter, more lyrical. It’s as if its human moments – the couple embracing, the father holding his child – somehow manage to keep the darkness at bay, at least briefly. Photographers don’t just find photographs; sometimes photographs find photographers. In retrospect, it hardly seems surprising that this photograph found me when it did – as I was falling for the remarkable…

4 min.
“i use images as raw materials and digitally sculpt them”

For the March 2015 issue of Wallpaper*, the magazine’s creative director, Sarah Douglas, chose an alternative approach to presenting the upcoming spring and summer fashions. Instead of commissioning an established fashion photographer, she contacted Noé Sendas, the Belgian-born visual artist who is best known for his work in video, sculpture and installation. “When the invitation arrived in my mailbox, it was completely unexpected,” Sendas says. “I had never done a feature for a magazine and I knew no one from Wallpaper* or the fashion world.” Douglas, however, had seen an exhibition of Sendas’ work at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery two years previously. It had inspired her to propose a creative collaboration between Sendas and fashion editor Isabelle Kountoure. THE ISSUE’S theme was ‘Circles’ and his brief was wide open. It allowed Sendas…

6 min.
the golden years

I want to photograph my own death. I’m not sure how I’d do that, but it would be a very beautiful thing. AT 76 you could forgive Hiroji Kubota for wanting to wind down a career that’s taken him across the globe and allowed him to bear witness to some of history’s biggest events. But Kubota, who’s just finished his first retrospective book, is far from finished. In fact, he says that even when time does catch up with him, he wants to capture it. “I want to photograph my own death, I’d love to do that,” he tells me from his home in Japan. “I’m not sure how I’d do that, but I think it would be a very beautiful thing and it would be a great final photograph. Perhaps I…