I am delighted to announce that Shot Up North have invited me to be their curating judge for SUN31 - the 31st Shot Up North Photography Awards. My sincere thanks to the SUN team, this is a real honour. I am also in esteemed company following in the weighty footsteps of recent solo judges Brian Griffin, Louise Clements and Peter Mitchell. Very excited to be viewing so much inspiring new photography! Awards announcements, Awards Book and Launch Party - 21st November 2019. Manchester venue tbc.
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***UPDATE - EXHIBITION EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF JULY 2019** Representatiion on the Line: (Un)framing our Identities You are invited to the launch party and private view of this collaborative exhibition from the RPS Hundred Heroines initiative, in which female photographers explore the theme of identity. I will be exhibiting a series of portraits illustrating modern gender performance and the new gender-fluid approach to beauty without boundaries, originally commissioned for Perfect Bound magazine. I hope to see you there! WWW.WENDYCARRIG.CO.UK
I am truly delighted to receive a prestigious Association of Photographers' GOLD award! The AOP Awards are generally acknowledged as the photography BAFTAs and gold is their highest accolade. There is no given with a gold; some years there are none awarded, it is simply at the discretion of the judges. This year there were eight golds and two of them went to women photographers, this ratio reflecting the current statistics of women photographers working within our industry. I received my award in the Fashion & Beauty category, and my fellow female awardee is the talented Tina Hillier for her Documentary series. Click to see all of this year's finalists. My thanks to all of the team who worked on this story with me: Art Director Jo Bell, Stylist Maria Francolini, Hair & makeup Lizzie Court, Photo Assistant Julie Stewart and of course Liddie Holt & Vincent(pictured) and Forever Young magazine for publishing. Although the nature of our industry has changed in recent years as traditional magazines disappear from the newsstands, it is our love of photography that continues to fire our passion to create what we always hope will be beautiful, memorable imagery. Pictured with me above are my friend and talented art director Jo Bell, and also my wonderful and supportive agents Anita Grossman & Rosie Harrison of A&R CREATIVE who have been representing me a record-breaking twenty five years! Massive thanks to Clara Mercer from the British Fashion Council who judged my category and chose my winning picture! And to Seamus, Rachel, Nick and all team AOP for putting on a cracking show at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. See you all next year! Wendy x p.s. The exhibition showing all 200+ Awards finalists is still on show at One Canada Square until the end of May and, as overheard at the Awards party, "I've just seen the exhibition and was surprised at how much better the pictures looked in print than on my screen." Now there's an idea... For more photography by Wendy Carrig please visit her website
I'm pleased and honored to have my photograph of the Buddhist Monk Emma Slade chosen for the shortlist of The Portrait of Humanity Award. This is a new global award founded by the British Journal of Photography and Magnum Photos. My photograph will be included in the accompanying book and winners will be announced at the launch event on May 23rd. The picture unfolded between takes on a portrait assignment for Perfect Bound magazine. The Long Goodbye shows a genuine moment of emotion as Buddhist Monk & charity founder Emma Slade says farewell to her friend Fitch, the graceful Great Dane who sadly passed away a few weeks after the photograph was taken. Previously a London investment banker Emma turned to Buddhism after being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint whilst on a business trip to Jakarta. Many thanks again to Emma, and Fitch's owner Michelle Parker. Also Madeleine Smith, Julie Read & Betty Brigstocke-Williams. Photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved
The exhibition for the 2019 Association of Photographers Awards opens today at One Canada Square Canary Wharf, until 31st May. My photograph of Liddie Holt with Vincent has been selected by the judges and will feature in the exhibition and forthcoming Awards book. Winners will be announced at the AOP Awards party on May 14th, to coincide with PhotoLondon. Many thanks to FY magazine for publishing our HOUNDS OF LOVE story and to all of our fantastic team! Starring Liddie Holt and Vincent at Storm Management Art Direction by Jo Bell Fashion Styling by Maria Francolini Makeup and Hair by Lizzie Court Production by Sam Turpin at Production Inc. Photographer's Assistant Julie Stewart Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative agency Copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved
The 209WOMEN book launches today via kickstarter. Showing new portraits of all 209 women MPs photographed by 209 women photographers. Included in the book is my portrait of Dr.Rosena Allin-Khan MP The Shadow Minister for Sport. The 209WOMEN project celebrates a centenary of votes for women, and champions their visibility. The original portraits can still be seen at the Open Eye Gallery Liverpool until Sunday 14th April 2019.
Many thanks to Feng Gu at The China Photography Association for featuring my work in their magazine. Here is a translation of the interview : 1 Could you tell me your experiences in photography? I studied photography at Salisbury College of Art before moving to London to work for four years as an apprentice, mainly to the music and portrait photographer Mike Owen; he introduced me to the legendary surrealist photographer Angus McBean whom I also had the pleasure of working with. I set up on my own in 1990. 2 Introduce your job of commercial photography? Do you take documentary photography now? How do you deal with the relationship of commercial photography and documentary photography? Most of my commercial work comes via A&R Creative Agency – a wonderful team who have represented me for 25 years. I am regularly commissioned for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and portraiture assignments - recent clients include NBC/The Bi-Life, Triumph, Elle Germany and Stella Telegraph magazine. I am also known for my portrait photography. My work has been selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery London; and I have won the AOP best in category award for portraiture at the Association of Photographer’s Awards. Recent sittings include the Olympian athlete Tessa Sanderson CBE, the MP Dr.Rosena Allin-Khan, Buddhist nun Emma Slade, the girl band Bananarama, and Ayda Field Williams. I am considering working on a new documentary project, but nothing has been decided upon yet. 3 What is the Greenham Common Peace Camp? Could you introduce it to our Chinese readers? Greenham Common is a former British RAF (Royal Air Force) base. During the Cold War period in the 1980s the British government allowed American nuclear missiles to be installed there. Many people were outraged at this act and a group of women demonstrators made a peaceful protest by walking 100 miles from Wales to Greenham Common. The number of protestors eventually grew into thousands and Peace Camps were set up encircling the base and became women-only. Their mission, to peacefully disrupt the movement and deployment of nuclear missiles. 4 Did you join it? Tell some stories about it and you? I was a photography student during the mid-1980s and visited the Peace Camp for my final year project. I stayed at Greenham for a couple of weeks during a very cold winter - sleeping under tarpaulin, eating donated food and wearing donated clothes. Every morning police and bailiffs would evict us from the site, and as soon as they had left we would return to relight the campfire for warmth, tea, talk and songs; and some women would plot and plan and eventually by nightfall would cut through the wire fence that surrounded the base, and often be arrested found sitting alongside a nuclear missile. 5 When you shot these photos of COMMON PEOPLE did you you think there will be an exhibition of your work 30 years later? No, not at all, the pictures have been stored in my negative files until only last year. 6 What do you want to convey through these photos? My pictures mainly show quiet, domestic life at the Peace Camp. I realise now that this vision is possibly unique, as by excluding all men from the camps would have also meant excluding most photographers, as photography at that time was very much male dominated. 7 How do you think the photography experiences affected your later photography career? As a student I was interested in both documentary and fashion photography. As a professional photographer I fell into working in the fashion industry as I was inspired by the photographers, mainly fashion photographers, whom I had assisted. In recent years I have been working towards more portrait commissions as I like to show a reality and truth in my work. Re-visiting my Greenham pictures has made me reconsider my early thoughts on documentary photography and I am now looking for new ways I can take this forward in my career. 8 What do you think about as a woman photographer in shooting beauty, fashion,lifestyle photography? I believe that whatever genre of photography I choose to work in – beauty, fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, documentary etc - my creative style as a photographer is as individual and unique as the personality of any photographer, regardless of gender. 9 How many years do you take photography as a career? And How do you keep your passion alive in photography? Next year I will be celebrating thirty years as a professional photographer. The advent of digital cameras was definitely a moment that boosted my passion for photography – I often prefer to work with daylight, so the extra film and shutter speeds combined with auto-focusing allowed me to push the boundaries of my vision. 10 Could you give some advice to our readers about how to take a nice photo? A ‘nice’ photograph doesn’t have to be technically perfect, but I think it does have to convey something of a message to it’s audience. There is usually a reason for taking a photograph so it is important that your audience understands the message or story you are trying to convey. Photography like art is only ‘nice’ if the viewer believes it to be so. I always question my own work by asking myself “Is it real..?” “do I believe..?”. COMMON PEOPLE can be seen at the Greenham Common Control Tower until this Saturday 9th March.
My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at Greenham Common Control Tower Thursday-Sunday until 9th March 2019. The gallery will then open on Sunday 10th March for a private view, where Dr.Meg Thomas from the Tower will be in conversation with myself, and Beccy Trowler QC who is featured in the exhibition and whose image is on the exhibition poster. Tickets for this event are £8.50 available from Greenham Common Control Tower
Many thanks to Lin Wilkinson for this wonderful review featured in The Newbury Weekly News 3rd January 2019 edition. My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at the Greenham Common Control Tower Berkshire until 9th March - open Thursdays to Sundays. For more photography by Wendy Carrig please visit WWW.WENDYCARRIG.CO.UK
Massive thanks to all of the wonderful people I have worked with this year, I have enjoyed every single assignment and project I have been a part of, and look forward to all the joys that 2019 has to offer. Thank you for your continued interest and support, and I wish you and yours a very happy new year. Wendy x