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f22 launches today to coincide with International Women's Day!

Over the last year there has been a surge in photography groups, 
organisations, awards and initiatives set up in an attempt to equal
out the discrepancy between the numbers of women and men working as 
commercial photographers - currently only 18% of photographers at the
AOP are women!

f22 will exist to provide a dedicated network for open discussion,
share knowledge and most importantly lobby towards changing the 
gender inequality within our industry. #thefstartshere!

If you would like to join the AOP there is a new Accesss membership
@ £25 for the first year.
Or simply follow our progress on Instagram @f22aop

HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY!



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Hello and welcome to November’s News from the AOP 

Our Member Focus is photographer Wendy Carrig, we hear how she is embracing
moving image and her involvement in setting up the stunning magazine; 
Perfect Bound.
©Wendy Carrig 

How did you get into photography? 
Inspired by a keen interest in my family history and a love of old
family photographs I felt the need to record life.
At school I secretly aspired to become first a filmmaker, then a
photographer. I loved the challenge of both arts and science;
creativity meets geeky stuff.
 I studied photography at Salisbury
College of Art, then worked in London assisting fashion and portrait
photographer Mike Owen for four years before setting up on my own.
I showed my work, a small portfolio of test pictures, to a number
of key fashion and beauty editors and shot my first fashion editorial
for 19 magazine in 1990. I’m pleased to say that one job led to
another and I have been busy and happy in this industry ever since.
©Wendy Carrig 
 
How has your style changed over time? 
I don’t know if my style has changed that much, I am still drawn to
the things that have always inspired me - new faces, changing light,
a different view; and I still photograph what inspires me, rather
than following trends. However I do believe a photographer’s style,
as individual as their personality, does become stronger and more
defined with time.

©Wendy Carrig
 
You’re producing more moving image work nowadays, do you find you
are commissioned for more moving image or is that personal work
you’re producing?
Moving Image is a growing part of our industry and I have become more
involved with the process of creating film at all levels; from
shooting behind-the-scenes movie shorts on my iPhone, being filmed
myself whilst onset, to directing a film crew and models for a
fashion client. The directing side of film is really exciting and
feels like a natural progression for me. It’s something I will be
pursuing more in the future.

©Wendy Carrig 
 
We were very excited to hear about the launch of Perfect Bound
magazine. How did that come about?

It started as a chance conversation between friends - each having
worked on, contributed to, and enjoyed a lifetime love of magazines -
and has progressed into the formation of a small creative collaborative.  
We wanted to produce the kind of magazine that would interest and
excite us in the way we had enjoyed teen mags and fanzines in our
youth; but aimed at a grown up audience wanting content with purpose
and meaning. Our motto is ‘for curious minds’.
©Wendy Carrig 
What is the intention with that? 
To produce a biannual print magazine that reads like a classic
Sunday Supplement and has the look of a perfectly bound publication.
The resulting artifact is more than we hoped for with a diverse list
of contents and contributors including Nitin Sawhney, Suki Dhanda and
Terence Pepper; it has the feel of proper paper and the smell of
printer’s ink.
What was your involvement? 
As contributing editor I have had the pleasure of commissioning art, 
photography and writing; and as a contributing photographer I have 
produced new fashion, beauty and portraiture work, and I also shot the 
cover.
©Wendy Carrig 
Why is the AOP important to you?  
I have been a member of the AOP since I set up as a photographer.
They have advised me on legal issues and provide a platform for a
strong union of photographers whom I can call upon for advice on all
matters relating to our industry, and beyond. I consider the annual
AOP photography Awards a benchmark for professional photographers.

What’s next? 
Aside from my commissioned work, already working on Perfect Bound
volume#2.


See more of Wendy's work here

 

I was recently invited to set & judge the portrait brief for the Association of Photographers
Student Awards 2015.
"..a simple brief, a portrait shot in portrait format - the challenge is to show engagement &
personality yet still produce a compelling & memorable image.."
The winners will be announced at tonight's awards ceremony at The Print Space, London.
Here are my chosen finalists :
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Good luck to
Jennifer Brown Jessica Kelly, Samuel Bennett
Matthew Jones, Pavel Tamm
John Buckley, Alice Clarkson, Jade Berry
Harry Brown, Lauren Russell
Joanne Banks  Ross Parker,
Will Davies, Luke Smith

All photographs subject to copyright by the respective author

I was recently invited to curate a new photography exhibition for the Liverpool International Photography Festival 
My brief, to select images from the AOP Photography Awards and re-present them in response to the festival's theme
WOMEN MIGRATION + MEMORY.  This turned into a most exciting and enjoyable venture, choosing and showing great photography
from award-winning photographers.  Here are a few of my favourites..
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                                        Photograph by Markku Lahdesmaki

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                                          Photograph by Uwe Deuttmann

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                                       Photograph by Julia Fullerton-Batten

The exhibition opened at historic St.George's Hall and the preview was attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and I had
the honor of being her guide.  She was extremely impressed with the work on show, in particular George Logan's series
'wildlife on the edge of extinction' photographed for the Born Free Foundation, and Anthony Lycett's emotive portraits
of a woman with Alzheimer's, one of the Lord Mayor's charities.  She was also very moved by Clare Park's brave and worthy
portrait 'my mother towards the end of her life' and together with Emma Smith (the festival's executive director) we three
agreed this picture was worthy of 'best in show'.

The festival runs until 31st May 2015
All photographs subject to copyright by the respective author.

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I'm thrilled to be invited to judge the portrait category of the 2015 AOP Student Awards
The competition is open to students worldwide.
Closing date for entries Friday 1st May.


Congratulations to my super agents A&R Photographic who are celebrating their 20th Birthday! To commemorate this wonderful
achievement they have produced a limited edition anniversary magazine showcasing the work of their artists.
Here are a few of the pages - photography copyright Wendy Carrig  

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