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11 July 2018

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©Tony Charles

Pioneers of Welsh Pop is a fine art photography project which is capturing some of the Welsh language pioneers of pop, rock, folk and entertainment from the 1960s and 70s. These icons helped change the face of popular music and entertainment in Wales. The year’s project is culminating in an exhibition in Yr Hen Lyfrgell (The Old Library) in the Hayes, Until 11 August.

Mature student Tony Charles has undertaken this special project linking past and present themes in the images so that where possible, the subjects have some identity linking in with their past.


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The photography project comprises twelve black and white images of selected pop pioneers. The project is part of Tony’s university degree course in Photography.   

Tony said, “The 1960s saw the emergence of new Welsh talent pioneering pop, folk and rock music in the Welsh language.  I was able to photograph some of the new emerging talent in the 1960s such as Heather Jones and Geraint Jarman when we were all teenagers.  Now, some 50 years later, I saw an opportunity to look back and photograph some of these popular artists as they are today. Some are still performing.  I am grateful to Heather and also my tutor Aled for their help during the year and also to Aled Wyn Phillips at Yr Hen Lyfrgell for his help in making the venue available for the exhibition.

The idea started in discussion with my tutor Aled Rhys Hughes when we talked about my keen interest in people and portraiture.  Heather Jones, a long-standing friend of my wife Sue and I, helped me with her knowledge and involvement in the Welsh entertainment scene.  We had to focus the direction I was going to take with the project and she helped with contacts and advice.”

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©Tony Charles

The exhibition is the result of twelve studio shoots.  The images comprise Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Gwyndaf Roberts, Delwyn Sion, Hywel Gwynfryn, Geraint Jarman, Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris, Huw Jones, Dafydd Iwan, Frank Hennessy, Y Dilau – Mair Robins, Gaynor Walter John and Meleri Mair, and Maldwyn Pate.   The twelve images were selected from over 1,200 images taken during the year.



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©Marcus Peel

We’ve been working with AOP Award winning photographer Richard Bradbury to put together a special one-day event to provide you with invaluable information and resources to help you build on your business offer. Guests include leading names in the photography industry from both sides of the camera.

The day will include:

Richard Bradbury, Photographer & Author of Rich Photographer Poor Photographer- The Alchemy of Marketing using the R.O.A.R. technique.

Kelvin Murray, Photographer & Director - Shooting Video alongside Stills to expand your market potential

Melissa Love, Web Designer & Digital Marketing Specialist - How to Harness SEO for an effective Commercial Website

Adam Duckworth, Photographer and Editor of Professional Photo Magazine - How to break into the Editorial Market
Charlotte Morgan, Photographers Agent & director of Morgan Lockyer - How to get an Agent and why you need one.
Charlie Clift, Photographer & Artist - The relationship between Personal Projects and Commercial Commissions.
Q & A with Entire Panel

Tickets are £15 AOP members, £25 non-members and can be booked here


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The Project

The Oil Sands of Northern Alberta represent one of the biggest social, environmental, and political dilemmas of our time. Photographer, Alan Gignoux, and his team have been investigating the complex issues surrounding the Oil Sands since 2010. Alan’s photographs record the ruthless exploitation of resources, as well as the area’s explosive economic growth.

The project is now culminating in a web documentary and photobook zine, bringing together a collection of powerful photographs and interviews to address the question:

Are the Alberta Oil Sands a blessing or a curse?

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The Photobook Zine

The Oil Sands photobook is a limited-edition publication, documenting the very best of Alan’s photographs and interviews from his time in Alberta. The photobook draws both on the grassroots tradition of the low cost zine and the artisanal tradition of Japanese photobooks.

The large format print is designed to speak to the sheer scale of the Oil Sands, and the colossal landscapes that are being destroyed each day. Alan’s aerial photographs show near microscopic levels of detail, brought to life by large format, full bleed images.

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The project also has a human side – an element often hidden behind the story of industry. Fittingly, the zine’s physical design hides these human stories within the landscapes of the book. Small cards are found in subtle pockets, which are in turn camouflaged within industrial landscape photographs.

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The book itself is also intended to give a feel of the subject. The outer cover is printed on textured card to represent the tactile nature of the land, while the lettering is printed in a dark, glossy ink that evokes the unique slick of heavy crude oil.

The collectible books will initially be printed in an edition of 200, and will be entirely handmade. The final books are recyclable and all the papers used are FSC Certified.

The Oil Sands project and photobook has been conceived and produced with Chloe Juno, Stanley James Press, Brittany Kelly, Chris Kemble, Jenny Christensson and Duncan Bradley.

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Huge congratulations on the launch of your new agency Rare by Trayler, Skye! How did the agency come about?
RARE by Trayler is the new food photography agency in town. As the younger sister to commercial photography agency Trayler & Trayler, RARE came from a rise in demand for food imagery in the commercial sector. The idea was then spurred on by a noticeable lack of representation focusing on showcasing the variety that exists within the world of food photography - from traditional plated food, to purist ingredients, to suggestive lifestyle, through to sculptural still life and food itself as living art. Each of these varying styles present options for how ideas, products and indeed lifestyles can be attractively suggested to consumers.  We passionately believe that food imagery need not sacrifice aesthetics in order to be commercially successful, in fact quite the opposite.


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Why have you focussed on food? 

RARE was founded to facilitate our society’s seemingly insatiable hunger for food imagery. The current rise in food obsession is not just limited to the realms of photography, but also apparent in the sheer volume of restaurant openings, launches for start-up food brands and even food themed art exhibitions. We wanted to capitalise on this demand, and our London base seems fitting given that this city really does seem to be experiencing a sort of foodie zeitgeist. 

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Tell us about the photographers you represent
RARE launched on May 26th with an eclectic mix of established and up and coming food photographers. The photography roster consists of Aaron Graubart, who brought his stand out bright and playful take on photography back to the UK from NYC this year; Charlie McKay, whose muted tones and ultra-contemporary eye bring an understated sophistication to the roster; The highly experienced, more traditional food photographer Gareth Morgans, with his straight forward consistency and ability to execute the finest macro imagery; Youngster Issy Croker, with her wholesome and rustic yet aspirational style; Sweden born Joakim Blockstrom whose pared-down Scandinavian aesthetic brings an elegance to the roster; The conceptual Louise Hagger who injects fun into her very creative collaborations with her use of pop-y colour. And lastly Myles New, who brings his incredible understanding of the intricate technicalities of more complex food shoots. 

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©Charlie McKay

The styles of your photographers are wonderfully distinct – how did you go about getting the right mix for Rare? 

The agency itself is about championing diversity within a specific genre – the idea being that you approach RARE to better understand where food photography could be taken. The website itself is meant to act as a single destination platform in order inspire advertising agencies, creative studios, publications and brands alike to collaborate creatively and commission boldly. Ultimately, we want to our clients to feel as if they need to go nowhere else to get exactly what they want.

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©Joakim Blockstrom

What are the new emerging trends in food photography? 

Hmmm… this is a tough one!  Possibly one key thing is the disappearing hierarchy. The production of food imagery seems to be influenced and decreed as much by the food stylists as the food photographers. The fashion industry has been this way for a while, with ‘super’ stylists on a level with the most coveted photographers. The food is just the next one up. Personally, I am excited by this shift because it represents equality and that can only be a good thing. This is why, as part of RARE’s ethos to ‘represent the best in the industry, all in one place’ it was crucial to have the food styling wing. This includes the ultimate executioner  Sal Henley with over 20 years experience in food consulting and traditional styling, the artistically inspired food and still life Art Director and Stylist Camilla Wordie; and our wildly creative combined Food and Prop Stylist Olivia Bennett with her collaborative approach and delicate, hand made style.

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Have you got any advice for emerging food photographers? 

My advice is to specialise! Become an expert. Do not try to do everything to appear versatile. You will get lost in the crowd.  Also… be authentic. Focus on shooting the style of food photography that interests YOU. This way, during the troughs that inevitably (alas) accompany the peaks, you will still be creatively inspired and therefore happy. A photographer I hugely admire, Candida Hofer, often comes to mind when I get over excited on this topic. She has always insisted that knowing what it is you want to do and are most suited to creatively will lead to ones’ best work. I truly believe this. Even within the seemingly tight genre of food photography, there is the potential for ownable styles and personalised niches. Seek these out and become the King or Queen. 

Find out more about Rare by Trayler here 

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Last night we celebrated the enormous talent among our Student members at the private view of the 2018 AOP Student Awards exhibition at Wex Photo Video. The exhibition which is sponsored by Fixation comprises all 60 finalist images, from the three categories People, Places and Things judged by Lulu Ash, Jason Hawkes and Kelvin Murray respectively.
The 2018 Award winners were revealed in front of a 200 strong crowd, a mixture of finalists, press, agents and members. Course leader at Arts University Bournemouth and chair of the AOP's Education Working Group Paul Wenham-Clark announced who had won the Course of the Year, Lecturer of the Year, each of the three Best in Category winners, and the overall Best in Show.
Many congratulations to Camilla Murray for People, Mick Buston for Places and Jo Lauren for Things – Mick Buston also won the Best in Show.

Congratulations to John Carberry (City of Glasgow College) for winning Lecturer of the Year, and University of Gloucestershire BA Photography: Editorial & Advertising for winning Course of the year. 

© Camilla Murray, Best in People category

© Mick Buston, Best in Category for Places category and overall Best in Show

©Jo Lauren, Best in Things category

The exhibition runs until 31st July at Wex Photo Video. For those not able to attend, here are exhibitions of finalist images.

Thanks also to Fuji and Flow Photographic for supporting the event.

Wex Photo Video, 37-39 Commercial Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1LF

2018 AOP Student Awards sponsor:

AOP Student Award print partners

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@ Lucy Ranson - Single Image Runner Up


Leading photography agency LPA have just launched an exciting new photography competition for graduates- the LPA Graduate Awards 2018; and they are now delighted to announce the winners and runners up of this already popular competition.

As an agency well known for discovering and supporting new talent - through their initiatives such as LPA Futures and LPA Student Challenges -  they were keen this time to put the focus on Photography Graduates.



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A photography degree is one thing and a great learning curve, but real life shoot experience and advice from industry professionals is invaluable to setting graduates on the right track. With this in mind they decided to launch the LPA Graduate Awards offering kick-starter prizes at the very beginning of a career in the photography industry.

There were two categories in the competition, 'Single Image' and 'Series'. The criteria was simply to enter the strongest work with no restrictions on subject matter or genre.  There was a winner and runner up from both categories.



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The two winners will receive the following prizes:

– Mentoring sessions with Lisa Pritchard and team at the LPA HQ in London’s Covent Garden.

– A day on set with one of the LPA photographers.

– Copies of Lisa’s best selling books ‘’Setting Up a Successful Photography Business’’ and ‘’Running a Successful Photography Business” (published by Bloomsbury).

– Junior Assistant Membership to the Association of Photographers.

– Surprise Goody Bag!

The runners up will also receive copies of Lisa's books as well as AOP Junior Assistant Membership!




©  Tommaso Giglia - Series Runner Up

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Gray Hughes's releases short film Lycra Dad


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Lycra Dad is a film about middle age, competition and status.

Director Gray Hughes’ wry, observational short is adapted from a poem by renowned poet Murray Lachlan Young.

An innocent school sports day turns into an epic masculine showdown, as a motley bunch of Dads face off at the annual race. The win-at-any-cost mentality has infected one Dad in a bad way. He’s trained for months. Dressed head-to-toe in professional running gear.  He needs this win – badly. In his mind, it’s his for the taking.

The poem was inspired by Murray’s frequent cycle trips around Dalston in North London, as he noticed himself flanked by more and more regular middle-aged men taking to the streets as if they were racing the Tour De France.  

He discussed his observation with Shaun Keaveny on the BBC 6 Music breakfast show and the seed of the poem was sown. Susie Babchick, Gray’s agent at RSA Films and avid Shaun Keaveny fan, heard the poem and brought filmmaker and poet together.


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Gray Hughes: ‘This film gave me an opportunity to play with modern stereotypes and push the boundaries of decency – just like these Dads do.

If it’s acceptable for a middle-aged man to wear a skin suit, then it’s definitely OK for us to point and laugh. The psychology, language and clothing of elite sport have bled into everyday activity in a ridiculous way – it’s turned everything into a performance.

You’re told to strive for king of the mountain, but you ain’t Chris Froome.

You’re an accountant executive for a firm in Croydon. But you still think you need an edge - anything to win. It’s all or nothing; forget what your kids think’.

‘Lycra Dad’ captures the folly of modern masculinity at its funniest.


Watch the short film here 

See more from Gray Hughes here




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Shutterhub's Camera Amnesty: Donate unwanted cameras & kit



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Alongside delivering a whole host of services which support creative photographers through worldwide exhibitions, opportunities, portfolio reviews, tailored publicity, and more, Shutter Hub is making sure that all photographers have an opportunity to create work, whatever their personal situation.

The Camera Amnesty is Shutter Hub’s appeal to help homeless photographers – could you donate your unwanted cameras and photography equipment to help others?

Shutter Hub are working to support Accumulate, an inspirational charity that empowers homeless people through creativity.

Shutter Hub has supported Accumulate with photography workshops, tutoring, portfolio reviews at The Photographers’ Gallery, and with their exceptional exhibitions at The Guardian.

The work Accumulate does is life changing and the team at Shutter Hub wanted to find another way to make sure these photographers could carry on developing their careers and expressing themselves through their creative skills, so they established the Camera Amnesty.


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© Nico Froehlich

“The partnership with Shutter Hub extends beyond their expertise and networks (which are amazing anyway) as they also provide us with expert tutors for the workshops and for the portfolio reviews with the Accumulate participants. Shutter Hub also set up the Camera Amnesty scheme for us and publicise it widely across their networks. Camera Amnesty means people can donate their unused cameras to Accumulate and then our photography workshop participants can borrow a camera to continue learning and developing their photography skills. A great invention by a great partner!” 
said Marice Cumber, Director of Accumulate.


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Accumulate have been able to give cameras to those in need and develop a camera library which is accessible by homeless photographers across London. The equipment donated through the Camera Amnesty has meant that in all the courses run, everyone has been able to access equipment which is right for their needs.

Do you have a camera or photography equipment you’d like to donate?

Accumulate can accept digital and film cameras, from D/SLRs to point and shoots, camera phones, film, memory cards, bags and anything that could be of use to a photographer.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project by donating equipment and spreading the word.

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