Due to many late submissions, we have now decided to extend the entry deadline until 8 May 2017. Huge thanks to all the worldwide entries already received.
He set up Icon Publications Ltd in 1987 with his wife Shirley to publish photographic magazines and has done so ever since. Icon currently publishes Cameracraft and Master Photography (f2 Freelance Photographer merged with Cameracraft which replaces it as the title). Look for it in the newsagents, subscribe through Icon Publications home page, or read editions of both magazines free on ISSUU.
We catch up with him to find out more about his background.
My teenage photographic interest was in photojournalism, but I was told when I left school that training as a photographer never led to a management career. I didn’t think my university place to read English would lead to one either, so I joined The Star evening newspaper in Sheffield as a trainee journalist. At 23 I had qualified and progressed to writing and sub-editing on the features desk, which allowed me to work with the staff photographers and designers. I was not allowed to use a camera, of course, but in my own time I started to be published widely and was Associate Editor of Photo Technique – I earned more from sending my pictures to editors and agencies than I did from my job, so I decided to leave and go freelance, and one of my first contracts was as editor of The Photographer.
A few years later a neighbour who was chief photographer of a commercial studio told me it was closing down and he had a chance to buy the business, so we formed a partnership and did so. That’s when I had to learn large format photography, colour processing and studio lighting – no more available light or a press flashgun and 35mm for everything. I qualified with the IIP in 1979. The business was successful and a year later my partner bought me out, with enough cash in hand to buy a Nottinghamshire farmhouse and convert the range of barns into studio, offices and darkroom. This in turn was busy and profitable for eight years, employing young staff who have all gone on to have lifetime success in their own businesses. In 1988 we sold up, moved to Scotland, and used the capital freed up to equip one of the first digital bureaux with scanning, colour separation imagesetting, early digital photography and websites. We produced magazines, books, leaflets and catalogues and specialised in the technical side of a new workflow. Shirley gained her MSc in Colour Science for research we sponsored into visual colour matching between inkjet, dye sublimation and thermal wax printing systems.
My early advisors were wrong – my ‘best photographer’ friend at The Star left to found a major photo lab, and my studio partner eventually became Managing Director of one of the UK’s largest modem and satellite communications companies. Photographers can progress to a management career! I never have. I started Icon Publications Ltd, and invested in technology, because I love being in control of creative and technical processes.
Prof. Brian Griffin D.Univ. (BCU) Hon. FRPS.
Brian Griffin is one of the most unconventional, renowned and influential creative portrait photographers working in Britain today, his work is featured in many museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Art Museum Reykjavik Iceland, Arts Council London and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.
Brian was born in Birmingham on the 13th April 1948 but lived in the industrial Black Country until he went to Manchester Polytechnic (1969 – 72) to study photography. He moved to London in 1972 to work as a freelance photographer getting his first commission for Management Today in November 1972 and exhibited in the “Young British Photographers” in 1975.
A much-revered photographer, Brian received the “Freedom of the city of Arles, France” in 1987 and went on to publish the seminal book “Work” in 1988 with a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery; the book went on to be awarded the Best Photography book in the World at the Barcelona Primavera Fotografica 1991. A stunning collection of arresting monochrome portraits of workers showing each in a different light, from middle management to those in construction. In 1989 the Guardian newspaper proclaimed him to be “The Photographer Of The Decade”. Also “Life” magazine used the photograph “A Broken Frame” on its front cover of a special supplement “The Greatest Photographs Of The 80’s”. From 1991 until 2002 Brian worked as a film director making TV Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films.
In 2007, Brian produced a book and exhibition for the Royal opening of St. Pancras Station London and High Speed 1. In 2009 Brian became the patron of the Derby Festival of Photography and continues to be the Festival’s patron. For the London Olympics, he launched the photography project “Road To 2012” which was shown at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2010 he had a major retrospective of my portraiture “Face to Face” in Birmingham. In September 2013 Brian received the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography.
Brian was commissioned and exhibited at “Marseille Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture”, also for “Reference Works” the photography project to celebrate with a book and exhibition the building and opening of the New Birmingham Library. This was followed by a retrospective of his corporate photography in Bologna, Italy, during October 2013. Then in 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his lifetime contribution to the City of Birmingham.
October 2017 will see the publication of “Gig” a book on the history of his music photography.
We’re delighted to announce Dr Michael Pritchard (UK): has joined the judging panel for new photography award PhotoX, launching January 2017. Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, Dr Pritchard is a photographic historian and was a photography specialist at Christie’s, with a PhD in history of photography. Michael has been a selector on a number of international competitions, including the HIPA Awards, Travel Photography of the Year, Spider Awards, Terry O’Neill Award, and several student photography competitions. He lectures internationally and publishes regularly on photography.
Eastern Art Report was founded in 1989 as an international magazine focused on the arts of Asia and Africa and the arts practiced by the people of Asian and African origin in North America, Europe and elsewhere. Increasingly, Australia, New Zealand the Pacific region are covered in articles and news.
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The 5th edition ArtGemini Prize 2017 call opens in Spring with £5000 cash prizes plus exhibition of shortlisted works at Asia House London.
ArtGemini Prize will be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, 12 – 15 November 2015.
We are proud to announce we will be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore in November 2015, following the Finalists’ Exhibition in London, to be held in September at the Menier Gallery. In 2014 we were at the Singapore Art Fair.
ArtGemini Prize 2015 Entries Opens
We’re delighted to announce the launch of the third edition of ArtGemini Prize, with a prize fund of £6,000 plus exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London.
Call For Entries opens 08 April – 07 July 2015, artists and photographers are invited to enter online (www.artgeminiprize.com) for the opportunity to win one of 4 categories from the £6000 Prize Fund. This years enhanced Photography prize includes a special bursary prize of £500 sponsored by PhotoAid Global for the best ‘social or environmental documentary’ image submitted.
In addition, there is a new and separate SELFIE prize.
2015 Prize Categories
1. Painting & Sculpture: 1st Prize £2000, 2nd Prize £1000, 3rd Prize £500
2. Photography: Professional £1000, Open £500, PhotoAid Global £500
3. Young Artist Prize (up to 25 yrs): £250
4. Public Choice Prize: £250
ArtGemini Prize 2015 Charity Partner is Kidscape – preventing bullying, protecting children.
2015 Judging panel of art professionals
Dr Christina Bradstreet (National Gallery, previously Director of Careers at Sotheby’s)
Zoe Whishaw (Photography consultant, previously Getty Images)
Sajid Rizvi (Founder & Publisher of EAP Group International Media)
Angus Pryor (Head of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire)
Sarah Ryan (Founder New Blood Art)
Thorsten Overgaard (Photographer & Writer)
Vanessa Champion (Photo journalist & Director PhotoAid Global)
Announcing the Menier Gallery
The finalists’ exhibition will be held at the Menier Gallery in September. The gallery is situated within the historic Menier Chocolate Factory, minutes from London Bridge, Borough Market and Tate Modern.
Image copyright © Menier Gallery