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Chris Simpson - photographs and launch of Carnets De Voyage - at Photo London

17 May 2018

AOP Photographer Chris Simpson's stunning work is on display at Photo London, Somerset House now until Sunday 20th. 

Chris will be available for book signing on Sunday 20th from 1-2pm. 

Tickets for Photo London can be purchased here:



Photo London debate: The State and Future of Photojournalism in the 21st Century

17 May 2018


©Alys Tomlinson from her series ‘Ex-Voto’, named Sony/WPO Photographer of the Year 2018 

Join AOP members Carol Allen Storey and Alys Tomlinson as they and other panelists debate the state and future of photojournalism, as explored in conversation with award winning photographers and editors. The world of professional 21st century photojournalism is more global than a decade ago, fuelled extensively by technology from the proliferation of digital equipment through to the social media circus via the intergalactic universe. We explore the challenges and opportunities this provides and what to expect in the future.

Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Friday 18th May 7pm

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Mirror Mirror: Tif Hunter's Tintype Exhibition & portrait sitting

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©Tif Hunter


‘What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time’. John Berger

For the past seven years, AOP photographer member Tif Hunter has been fascinated by - and even addicted to ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a 19th century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late 19th century America. 

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©Tif Hunter

'Mirror Mirror' is a pop up exhibition of Tif’s original tin-types and prints in the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire, spanning the genres of still life and portraiture.

Join us for a preview of the exhibition and talk with Tif on Wednesday 16th May. There is also a dinner available following the talk, for more information and to book click here

The 'Mirror Mirror' exhibition runs from Thursday 17th until Sunday 20th May. 

Alongside the exhibition, Tif is offering portrait sittings at the 13th century barn at Messums Wiltshire. There are only twelve opportunities, across the course of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May. Book a portrait sitting here


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©Tif Hunter


More about Tintypes

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, also known as wetplates, involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones. Tin-types are original in ways that photographs from the 20th and 21st century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images. When Tif creates his beautiful prints he does so through using digital scanning and printing techniques. Tin-types, produced literally on a single tin sheet cannot be modified in anyway. 

Tif's work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. Tif has worked for an international range of clients for over twenty years. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer's Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian. His personal work has been exhibited and sold at the Michael Hoppen Gallery. Tif Hunter lives and works in an 1850's saddlery workshop in Bermondsey, London.

Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW View Map

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AOP are moving office

The AOP team are moving office our new address is 8-10 Sampson Street, London E1W 1NA


The AOP team - Seamus, Charlie, Jemma, Ana, Nick and Emma

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Nick Dolding wins Sony World Photography Award for Portraiture & National Award for Best Picture


©Nick Dolding

We caught up with Nick to find out more about this image and his journey in photography. 

Firstly Nick huge congratulations! We love this image, please tell us how it came about. 

I was commissioned to shoot the stills by Rapp Worldwide for Paypal on a series of short films somewhat inspired by Wes Anderson and created by the talented duo of Tom Kennedy and Lily Peters. 

There was about four different scenarios to be done with Emile the actor in the shot but when I saw him all styled in the set I asked if I could shoot a portrait as well. Five minutes later we had the shot.

Looking at your work you seem to choose wonderfully eclectic subject matter, where do you draw your inspiration from? 

Inspiration is drawn from all over, films, people and life in general. It’s all out there, you just have to see it!

You've been with the AOP for 30 years, tell us how you got started with photography, and what's changed over that time. 

The AOP (AFAEP as it was in the early day) were really instrumental in helping me start out. They got me my first job with Christopher Joyce which was summer holiday cover for his second assistant which eventually turned into 2 years full time. It all happened in Covent Garden then which was a great place to be. I met and became friends with the likes of Spencer Rowell, Desmond Burden, Grant Symon, George Logan, the list goes on as did the fun!! I know it’s boring when the ‘Oldies’ bang on about the good old days but it was a laugh! My first studio in Great Sutton Street opposite Metro was one of about 25 photographers in the street and was just around the corner from the AOP in Domingo Street, I even think I helped paint it. 

Since 2000 I’ve been in Paul Street just of Leonard Street, yet another AOP home.

What does the AOP do for you? 

The AOP has always been a bit of a family, the Awards are always a time to meet up especially as photography can be quite solitary. Legal knowledge has always be most welcome often in the form of Gwen, latterly the wealth of knowledge has been shared though the ‘list’. 

Winning Sony has been a great little boost, and I got to be interviewed by Huw Edwards!

See more of Nick’s work here

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Sony World Photography Awards announces Alys Tomlinson as Photographer of the Year 2018


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AOP50: A Celebration of 50 years of the Association of Photographers

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©Tim Flach

We celebrate our 50th anniversary this year with an exclusive exhibition, AOP50, a major retrospective comprising of iconic images by some of the world’s most well-known and respected photographers from the past 50 years. 

Formed in 1968 by a group of leading advertising and fashion photographers, AOP is today one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world. With its aims still remaining the same today as they were 50 years ago, AOP is renowned for promoting photographers’ rights and copyright protection as well as promoting its members’ work.  

In recognition of this important milestone, the exhibition, curated by leading photography expert Zelda Cheatle, will present a collection of images that define 50 years of the AOP. Photographs have been selected to illustrate the impact, diversity and quality of work by AOP members since 1968, includingNadav Kander, Duffy, Tim Flach, Tessa Traeger and John Claridge. Their work will have been seen by people the world over, from stunning images of celebrities and stars in major advertising campaigns, to photographs documenting some of the world’s turning points, including wars, famine and humanitarian disasters. Many of the images have defined a generation, and helped to shape public opinion and to create change.

Tasked with selecting images for the AOP50 exhibition at Canary Wharf from thousands of examples of work by members, both past and present, curator Zelda Cheatle says, “I was looking for a good cross section of what the Association has stood for over these many years, to represent 50 years of creativity and talent. I had to work with the space and see how photography could work within it. I began by trying to find a picture from every year but that proved to be complex and almost impossible. Some years were fertile grounds, others less so. So I decided to work more with decades, and across those decades, I loosely grouped Advertising, Editorial, Still Life, Portraiture, Fine Art and Landscape, and found representatives of those genres. I believe I have chosen great pictures, with diversity and style.”

AOP’s Executive Director Seamus McGibbon adds, “As the Association of Photographers enters its 50th anniversary year, it is fitting that we mark such an important milestone with a truly impressive exhibition on this scale, hosted in the superb One Canada Square lobby of Canary Wharf. ‘AOP50: Images that Defined the Age’ is a collection of amazing images that span the decades as well as genres of photography produced by our many members over the years. Some images you will recognize, some you may not. All have been produced by leading names in the photography world and of course they have all been AOP members. We are delighted to be working with Zelda Cheatle, Canary Wharf Group and our sponsors, The Bunker who helped bring this much-anticipated exhibition together.”

The exhibition will go on show in April as part of Canary Wharf’s ongoing temporary exhibition programme. 

Venue: Lobby, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf

Open daily now, until 1st June

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BBC's coverage of AOP50

Celebrating 50 years of powerful photography


The Association of Photographers is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibition by some the world's most respected photographers.

Photograph of a rare white rhino in a field named Alan by Rory Carnegie in 2013Image copyrightRORY CARNEGIE
Image captionA one-day-old rare white rhino calf named Alan was photographed by Rory Carnegie in 2013. Alan is the fourth rhino to be born at the Cotswold Wildlife Park since it opened in 1970.
Portrait photograph of the supermodel Twiggy taken by Barry Lategan in 1966Image copyrightBARRY LATEGAN
Image captionTwiggy, the worlds first supermodel, was photographed by Barry Lategan in 1966. He said: "I looked through my camera and this face looked back at me and I turned round to Leonard [the hairdresser] and just went, 'Wow.'"

Photographs that will be on display include portraiture, advertising campaigns, and images that have documented wars, famine and humanitarian disasters.

Photograph of a Danish gymnast in the air by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin LowImage copyrightANDERSON & LOW
Image captionPhotographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low collaborated with the National Danish Gymnastic Team from 1998 to 2002 to take a series of photographs based on the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Here, a gymnast is suspended in the air.
Jillian Edelstein's portrait of Nelson Mandela taken in 1997 at the Presidential houseImage copyrightJILLIAN EDELSTEIN
Image captionJillian Edelstein spent four years photographing participants in South Africa's truth and reconciliation hearings. She took this portrait of Nelson Mandela in 1997 in a 10-minute sitting at the presidential house.
Men in boats float on a blood stained sea during the annual whale hunt in the Faroe IslandsImage copyrightADAM WOOLFITT
Image captionFaroe islanders drive whales into the shallows and slaughter them at the annual Grindadrap. Adam Woolfitt's photograph, published in National Geographic in 1966, caused some controversy.

The exhibition will feature work by Nadav Kander, Duffy, Tim Flach, Tessa Traeger and John Claridge.

A frozen Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada, with show capped mountains in the distance. Photographed by Paul Wakefield 2011.Image copyrightPAUL WAKEFIELD
Image captionThe frozen Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada, was photographed by Paul Wakefield in 2011.
Photograph of a man holding his pregnant stomach for an advertising campaign designed to promote the use of contraceptive. Photograph by Alan Brooking taken in 1970 (The Pregnant Man).Image copyrightALAN BROOKING
Image captionThe Pregnant Man by Alan Brooking was used in an advertising campaign in the 1970s by the Family Planning Association to remind men of the risks of unwanted pregnancy and promote the use of contraception at a time of sexual liberation.

The association was formed in 1968 by leading advertising and fashion photographers.

A monkey looking down the lens of the camera at photographer, Tim Flach. (Monkey Eyes, 2001)Image copyrightTIM FLACH
Image captionTim Flach's Monkey Eyes, taken in 2001, captures an inquisitive monkey looking down the lens of the camera. Flach's photography explores the impact that humans have had on the natural world.
Photograph by Tessa Traeger of vegetables that have been arranged to recreate a painting by Monet of a bridge over a lily pond (Hommage to Monet, 1989).Image copyrightTESSA TRAEGER
Image captionBritish photographer Tessa Traeger is known for her still life and food photography. Here, she recreates Monet's Bridge Over A Pond Of Water Lilies painting, using vegetables.
Portrait of a heavily tattooed inmate at the Centro Preventivo y de Cumplimiento de Penas Ciudad Barrios taken by Adam Hinton in 2013.Image copyrightADAM HINTON
Image captionAdam Hinton photographed a tattooed inmate at the Centro Preventivo y de Cumplimiento de Penas Ciudad Barrio in 2013. The prison holds only members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, one of the largest in El Salvador. There are no guards at the prison, which is run by the inmates.

The exhibition will be on display in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, and will be open daily from Monday 16 April to Friday 1 June 2018.

Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and their children David and Sarah in an open top car taken by Tom Murray in 1969Image copyrightTOM MURRAY
Image captionTom Murray was the youngest photographer to receive a commission to photograph the Royal Family. Here, he captures Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and their children David and Sarah in 1969.
Portrait of sisters Hattie & Charlotte stood with horses from the on-going project, Our Human Condition, by Paul Wenham-Clarke in 2017.Image copyrightPAUL WENHAM-CLARKE
Image captionPaul Wenham-Clarke's project, Our Human Condition, documents the positive and negatives aspects of being human, and explores the relationship between siblings where one or more has a genetic condition. Sisters Hattie and Charlotte were photographed in 2017.

All photographs courtesy Association of Photographers.

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