Massive thanks to all the teams I had the good fortune to work with throughout another extraordinary and challenging year. My thanks also to you for taking the time to respond to my posts. Your support and encouragement is always greatly appreciated. I wish you a happy, healthy, and truly inspiring new year X
More new photo stories coming soon, meanwhile here is a snapshot of last year’s highlights as chosen by Instagram’s #2021bestnine. Click links for full team credits.
Jennifer Cole @LindenStaub & Annika Dop @Models1 were the stars of this GH Christmas fashion story. Fashion director Amanda Marcontonio put on the glitz, with assistance from Millie Moss. Make up artist Lisa Valencia added the sparkle and sheen, and hair artist SvenBayerbach created all the quiffs and curls. Many thanks to my assistants Declan Slattery on lights, and digital operator Bruce Horak, also producer Fiona Andrews at Hearst, and the manager and staff at The Dixon, Tower Bridge.
We can still put on the glitz, even if it’s just for a party in our own front room! Life is for living. You can’t kill the [Christmas] spirit x
What a joy to work with the lovely Lisa Snowdon again! I began photographing Lisa in the nineties for various brands and publications, and worked with her more recently here. You may know Lisa for her work in TV & radio presenting. She has also created the Get Lifted podcast encouraging conversations around self-care and the menopause.
Women can often feel invisible when they hit their fifties, and so clothing company Kaleidoscope created their #circa50 campaign to help address issues around ageism. To support this they chose to work with a creative team who also fitted their #circa50 criteria. It was really refreshing to work with a fashion brand who want to celebrate age “both in front of and behind the camera.”
This is Kate Orr wearing the grey dress, or as she calls it “the brown dress”.
“My lovely spotty brown dress caught my eye in Primark and became a staple item for castings back in the day. I seem to remember a few of us (models) had that dress at castings. Nobody minded, we all wore it differently. I kept my dress for about 10 years and wore it a lot. It was still good to go when I sent it to the charity shop. I have a few key items in my wardrobe that I have had for over 10 years, and I still wear today.”
We were the only passengers on this voyage, cruising through the calmest waters on the hottest day.
Many thanks to this wonderful team – models Cindy Robbins at Models1 and Nicola Griffin at Milk Model Management…
…makeup artist Nadira Persaud, hair artist Ian Mackintosh, fashion editor Wendy Rigg, fashion stylist Becky John, the fabulous team of Louise Robinson, Jasmine Perry & Gavin Shaw at Saga, and my super team Julie Stewart & Will Richards.
We sailed on into the night aboard the cruise ship Spirit of Adventure.
A new exhibition of my COMMON PEOPLE photography (including previously unseen images) opens at The Base this autumn. I am delighted to be showing my work alongside Jemima Brown‘s Peace Camp, and David Hockney‘s Hockney & Hollywood.
The Royal Photographic Society have been hosting an open call photography exhibition continuously since their inception in 1864. This year they received over 8,000 submissions from which the judges created a shortlist of 279, and I’m very pleased to have this portrait of girls from London’s Womanhood Academy selected for the shortlist.
Run by a collective of volunteers, all of African descent, the Womanhood Academy is a community youth group supporting the personal growth and empowerment of young women and girls. Their motto, Nurture A Girl, Raise A Nation.
My thanks again to Peaches Cadogan and team at Womanhood Academy, and Aundrieux Sankofa and team at Manhood Academy Also writer Sheryl Garratt, art director Jo Bell, photo assistant Julie Stewart and the team at Perfect Bound magazine.
My portraits of reform campaigner and TED speaker Kate Morrissey, and outsider artist Rachel Ara, are currently on show at Photo London as part of the Someone’s Daughter exhibition.
The exhibition, commissioned by The View magazine, is on show at Photo London until Sunday, and I’m pleased to be exhibiting alongside Nick Knight, Carol Allen Storey, Craig Easton, Laura Pannack, Nadav Kander, Hannah Starkey, Kristina Varaksina, Felicity Crawshaw, Poulomi Bassi, Conor Horgan, Harry Borden, Jennie Baptiste, Alba Duque, Billie Scheepers, Emily Garthwaite, Gavin Smith, Fiona Freund, Sarah Bennet, Amelia Troubridge.
Photo London is back, and opens at Somerset House this week. As well as all the exciting photography on show there are many accompanying talks and discussion panels. I will be taking part in a talk at The Arts Club with my colleagues from f22 – AOP Women Photographers – where we will be discussing what it’s really like to be a woman working in the photographic industry.
If you would like to attend this event please direct message me via Instagram, or the contact page on my website.
In 1981 a group of 36 women walked from Cardiff, Wales, to Newbury, Berkshire. It took them ten days to walk the 110 miles, some pushing children in pushchairs, sleeping in tents and church halls on the way. Their peaceful protest was against the siting of American nuclear missiles on British common land. On arrival they set up camp outside RAF Greenham Common. This was the beginning of the legendary Greenham Women’s Peace Camp.
Despite this being the largest female-led protest since suffrage, this extraordinary event has largely been written out of history. So to mark it’s 40th anniversary, and to get people talking again about the achievements of these remarkable women, the group Greenham Women Everywhere (GWE) are re-creating the march; following as close as possible to the original route and staying overnight in the same areas.
I photographed the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp in 1985 when I was a photography student, and now GWE have invited me to join them on their new march. I will be documenting the walkers, the rallies, the camping, the singing and the many cups of tea. From when the march leaves Cardiff, and throughout the following ten days until arrival at Greenham Common.
It will be a huge honor to be part of this pilgrimage. I hope that my photography will help highlight the importance of peaceful protest, and the remarkable achievements made by the original Greenham Women.
For more information about Greenham Women Everywhere and details of the march please click here
If you would like to buy me or my assistant a cup of tea to fuel us on our journey I have set up an account with ko-fihere.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to help me bring this project to fruition, I would love to hear from you. The easiest way is to DM me through my Instagram channel, or message me through my website www.wendycarrig.co.uk
Many thanks as always for your support and for reading my blog.
“The timing couldn’t be more crucial as we face the multiple, cascading crises of the climate emergency, nuclear weapons escalation, daily violence against women, extreme hunger, social inequality – and so much more. We need to stand on the shoulders of our foremothers and carry their campaigns for peace and justice forward, while securing the Greenham Women’s unique place in activist history.”
Someone’s Daughter is an important new photography exhibition created by The View Magazine, lead campaigners for the rights of women in the criminal justice system. The View has commissioned twenty five international photographers, each to create new portraits of a woman activist/former prisoner, and a leading woman in the field of law/human rights. It was my pleasure and honour to photograph two extraordinary and inspiring women – campaigner Kate Morrissey and artist Rachel Ara.
The final portraits are being kept under wraps until the big revealwhen the Someone’s Daughter exhibition opens at Photo London this autumn. The exhibition will then go on tour to venues including the House of Lords, and the National Justice Museum. The portraits will be auctioned, raising funds to help The View Magazine continue their vital work supporting women prisoners and their families, and a copy of each portrait will be donated to the National Portrait Gallery for it’s permanent collection.
My thanks to The View Magazine, it’s an honour to be included in this important initiative. The exhibition will be curated by renowned photography expert Jennie Ricketts, former picture editor of the Observer magazine, and trustee at Autograph gallery and the Martin Parr Foundation. I’m pleased to be exhibiting alongside photographers Alba Duque, Amelia Troubridge, Billie Scheepers, Carol Allen-Storey, Conor Horgan, Craig Easton, David O’Driscoll, Emily Garthwaite, Felicity Crawshaw, Gavin Smith, Hannah Starkey, Harry Borden, Jennie Baptiste, Kristina Varaksina, Laura Pannack, Nadav Kander, Nick Haddow, Nick Knight, Poulomi Basu, Sara Bennett.
You can see the full exhibition at Photo London from 8th-12th September 2021. Photo London is open to the public and tickets can be purchased here. Further exhibition dates and venues to be announced. If you wish to support The View Magazine you can subscribe or make a donation here.
New fashion editorial starring Rosalinde at Linden Staub agency, London.
Photographed on location in the UK. We stayed at The White House, Camber Sands, a few strides away from the beach and dunes. We also photographed on the dunes at Greatstone with thanks to our friends at Demetrios Greek restaurant.
Many thanks as always to top team : fashion editor – Jo Atkinson, makeup & hair artist – Britte Dicke at Carol Hayes Management, digital operator – Mark Griffiths, runner & behind-the-scenes photography – Jessica Montchau-Farg, production – Karina Dial, Location – Beach Studios
Photography by Wendy Carrig (new website) represented by A&R Creative agency.
Women Photograph aims to reshape the makeup of the photojournalism community, ensuring “…the industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.”
Established in 2017 Women Photograph is a non-profit created to elevate the voices of women & non-binary photographers. My thanks to Women Photograph founder Daniella Zalcman for inviting me to join and support this important group of 1000 female photojournalists, representing 100 countries.
Every day the Women Photograph team records the lead photo bylines from the front pages of eight major international newspapers, including The New York Times, Le Monde and TheGuardian. Here are the stats from the most recent quarter:
“In this year of unprecedented struggle, the message of hope, courage, reflection and resilience is now more important than ever.”
I’m very pleased and proud to have been shortlisted for the British Journal of Photography‘s Portrait of Humanity Award for this portrait of girls from London’s Womanhood Academy. Run by a passionate collective of volunteers all of African descent, the Womanhood Academy is a community youth group supporting the personal growth and empowerment of young women and girls. Their motto, Nurture A Girl, Raise A Nation.
Massive thanks to Peaches Cadogan and team at Womanhood Academy, and Aundrieux Sankofa and team at Manhood Academy, it was an absolute pleasure spending time with you all. Thanks also to the great editorial team : writer Sheryl Garratt, art director Jo Bell, photography assistant Julie Stewart, and the team at Perfect Bound magazine.
All shortlisted images will be featured in the accompanying book Portrait of Humanity Vol 3 published by Hoxton Mini Press. The judging panel were Kerri McDonald, picture editor New York Times; Sunyoung Kim, curator Museum of Photography, Seoul; Michael Weir, creative producer Belfast Photo Fest; Akinbode Akinbiyi, curator & photographer; and Elias Redstone, artistic director PHOTO 2021, Melbourne.
New fashion story starring Erika Pattison at Select Models, London
Fashion editor – Jo Atkinson, makeup & hair artist – Britte Dicke at Carol Hayes Management, digital operator – Gemma Gravett, lighting assistant & behind-the-scenes photography – Julie Stewart, production – Karina Dial.
Photography by Wendy Carrig (new website) represented by A&R Creative Agency
Photographed adhering to AOP and APA guidelines in respect of Government advice on working during the Covid19 pandemic. This basically meant wearing masks throughout the shoot, social distancing, separate lunch areas, windows open (and dressing with extra layers as there was snow outside), and using loads of hand gel. On the technical side we used a back-up MacBookPro as a second monitor to enable distance viewing by the glam team.
The continuing story of the grey dress. The same dress, a charity shop purchase, worn again, and again. I have been photographing this dress for ten years and I want to know more about it’s origin. I want to know #whomademyfabric and #whomademyclothes? If you have any advice on how I can achieve this, please message me. I would love to hear from you.
The continuing story of the grey dress. The same dress, a charity shop purchase, worn again and again. Refashioned by each of it’s different wearers. 100% cotton, but where was the cotton grown? How was it harvested? #Traceability I have been photographing the Grey Dress for ten years and now I want to know more about it’s origin. I am going to become detective and see how far back along the chain I can go in finding out #whomademyclothes?