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NEWS FEATURE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

We talk to Wendy Carrig who won a Gold in the 2019 Awards.  Wendy, a 
long term member, has been instrumental in reinstating the f22 group - 
Women Photographers at the AOP. Read more to find out about her winning 
image and the overall impact her continued involvement with the Awards 
has had on her career.


Tell us more about your Selected image and the story behind it?

This image forms part of a series of fashion portraits of photographer,
dog hotelier and ex-model Liddie Holt, taken at her home in Somerset.
This was a personal collaborative project that was later accepted for
publication.

Can you tell us something surprising about the image?

There were a number of dogs on set that day including dachshunds Ernie
and Vincent; and a gentlemen of a Giant Irish Wolfhound called big Ron.
It was also my assistant’s birthday, but she didn’t tell us! So a big
shout out to superwoman Julie Stewart!


What impact has being a gold winner in last year’s awards had on your career? 

Winning GOLD was euphoric and surreal, and I even received two new work
commissions the day after the Awards ceremony. I’ve since been invited
to speak at a number of photography colleges; and I am currently enjoying
judging SUN#31 the Shot Up North Photography Awards. Winning increases
profile and confidence, and gives conformation that the work we create
is enjoyed and appreciated. It has spurred me on to explore different
areas of photography and always challenge the perceived limits of my
own creativity.


What does the AOP do for you? 

The first year I set up on my own as a photographer I joined AFAEP and
was very pleased to have an image accepted into the Awards. That year
the Awards ceremony was held at London’s Cafe Royal and my work and
name was put in front of an amazing audience of high profile clients
and art directors. This type of exposure was a massive springboard into
the industry for me (possibly even more so in the days before social
media) and helped to immediately establish my career.  This year I
was pleased to be involved in the relaunch of f22, the AOP women’s
photography group. We aim to support AOP women photographers at all
stages of their career and challenge the continuing gender inequality
within our industry.

Have you got any advice for photographers considering entering the next awards? 

Be original. Be brave.  If you are not sure whether to enter your work
show it to your colleagues or share it on social media to help gauge
response, but make your own decisions. Take responsibility for and be
proud of the work you have created.

And women photographers, if we all enter at least one more image than
we did last year we could help make a difference to the gender imbalance
at the Awards, the AOP and the wider photographic industry.

Good luck to all!


PHOTO CREDITS :
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

	

I was extremely honoured to be invited to judge this year's Shot Up North
Awards, and also pleased to discover that I am the first woman photographer
to be sole curator.  For me photography is about passion, emotion, telling
a story, conveying a message, and encouraging reaction.  In selecting the winning
images I chose them not just for their technical excellence, which is a given,
but because of my positive knee-jerk reaction on first viewing them, 
and the continued enjoyment and empathy they evoke upon successive viewings.
They will stand the test of time.
My sincere congratulations to Tom Keen, Sean Knott and Simon Leach on 
Their winning entries, and to everyone who entered the #SUN31 photography awards.
It was my great pleasure to judge such inspiring and emotive photography.
You can see the final 50 images here


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1st place Tom Keen

 

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2nd place - Sean Knott

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3rd place - Simon Leach

 

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Pleased and honored that my portrait of Shan Khan has been selected for
inclusion in Portrait Salon'19  - a Salon De Refuges, an exhibition
of works rejected from this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait
Prize.  The exhibition opens at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol
today until 28th November, before travelling to Harrogate to be part
of the Photo North Festival from 30th November to 2nd December 2019.

Originally taken as part of a series titled 'Beautifully Unconventional'
for Perfect Bound magazine.
Starring Shan Khan at First Model Management; with art director Karena
Callen; fashion styling by Scarlet Williamson; hair by Heath Massi,
assisted by Betty Bee; makeup artist Lica Fensome; shoot production
A&R Creative Production.
Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative Agency
Copyright Wendy Carrig ©2018 All Rights Reserved.

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

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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


Liddie Holt

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.

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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.