Brian David Stevens

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Brian David Stevens

Brian David Stevens IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
September 2018

Brian David Stevens YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
Medi 2018

Ffoton talks with professional photographer Brian David Stevens about his career and many projects. Brian is based in London but his parents hail from the Welsh valleys where they still reside.

Covering many personal projects in his career, Brian spends long periods of time photographing people and places with an artistic eye and great sensitivity. His well known "They that are left..." : 'Remembrance' portraits of War Veterans’ was produced over a ten year period, and his more recent ‘Beachy Head’ beautifully explores a UK landscape well known for its iconic chalk cliffs but their height also making the area one of the world’s most notorious for suicide.

Brian's portrait of Wilko Johnson is held in the National Portrait Gallery and portrait of Jock Scot in the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.

Photographer Brian David Stevens © Brian Carroll

See below for a small selection of Brian's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Brian's work on his website www.briandavidstevens.com
Follow him on Instagram @bds1970 and Twitter @driftingcamera

Gallery images © Brian David Stevens and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner image © Brian Carroll


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Patrick La Roque

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Patrick La Roque

Patrick La Roque IN CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN CARROLL
BATH, JUNE 2018

Patrick La Roque YN SGWRSIO GYDAG BRIAN CARROLL
BATH, MEHEFIN 2018

Photographer Patrick La Roque

Patrick La Roque is a professional documentary, commercial & portrait photographer based in Canada.

He's comfortable working in both studio and location environments as evidenced by his expertly-lit product and natural portraiture. But regularly updated personal work on his Blog reveals his relentless experimentation in creative composition and lighting (or lack thereof) in everyday life.

A founder member of the KAGE Collective of International photographers and an official FujiFilm X photographer, Patrick is also a talented musician and experiments with multi-media in his personal photography projects. 

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See below for a small selection of Brian's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Brian's work on his website www.briandavidstevens.com
Follow him on Instagram @bds1970 and Twitter @driftingcamera

Gallery images © Brian David Stevens and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner image © Brian Carroll


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Homer Sykes : Part 2

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Homer Sykes : Part 2

HOMER SYKES IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
LONDON, JULY 2018

HOMER SYKES YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
LLUNDAIN, GORFFENNAF 2018

With a lifetime interest in photography, Homer Sykes made his professional start as a UK photojournalist in the 1970's.
But rather than be a Lemming chasing current new stories, Homer chose to leave photojournalism and document the traditional festivals, events and customs across England and the wider UK and continues to do so nearly 50 years on.

Photography... I don’t think I’m obsessed any more by it. I just do it because it’s a habit.
— Homer Sykes

Ffoton had the pleasure of talking with Homer about his long career, his unique and extensive photographic archive and the various methods he exploits to promote and publish his work. In this final part of our discussion we focus on Homer's book publishing, his love of working with Café Royal Books, his use of Social Media and the competitive nature of professional photojournalism.
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One of Homer's oldest and most well known series of photographs is the 'Biddy Boys' - an ancient festival celebrating the Celtic Saint Brigid in Killorglin, Co Kerry in Southern Ireland. A special book was published of the series and is still available (at time of writing) on Café Royal Books via the link at the bottom of this page.


See below for a small selection of Homer's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

 

View more of Homer's work on his extensive archive website homersykes.photoshelter.com
Follow him on Twitter @HomerSykes and on Instagram @homer.sykes

Gallery and banner images © Homer Sykes
Homepage portrait of Homer © Emma Drabble
Images used with permission of the photographers.

Further reading from this conversation:
"Photographers are Lemmings": Guardian interview
Dewi Lewis Publishing: Homer's unique book ONCE A YEAR: Some Traditional British Customs
Café Royal Books: www.caferoyalbooks.com
Ffoton conversation with David Hurn: Our Conversation
Ian Berry: Our news piece on Ian's visit to Cardiff in 2016


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Homer Sykes : Part 1

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Homer Sykes : Part 1

HOMER SYKES IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
LONDON, JULY 2018

HOMER SYKES YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
LLUNDAIN, GORFFENNAF 2018

With a lifetime interest in photography, Homer Sykes made his professional start as a UK photojournalist in the 1970's.
But rather than be a Lemming chasing current news stories, Homer chose to leave photojournalism and document the traditional festivals, events and customs across England and the wider UK and continues to do so nearly 50 years on.

Photography... I don’t think I’m obsessed any more by it. I just do it because it’s a habit.
— Homer Sykes

Ffoton had the pleasure of talking with Homer about his long career, his unique and extensive photographic archive and the various methods he exploits to promote and publish his work. This first part of our talk explores his start in photography, learning from David Hurn before the original Newport course started, and the ability to use a camera as a Passport into people's homes and lives.
Part 1 of 2. Listen to part 2

See below for a small selection of Homer's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

 

View more of Homer's work on his extensive archive website homersykes.photoshelter.com
Follow him on Twitter @HomerSykes and on Instagram @homer.sykes

Gallery and banner images © Homer Sykes
Homepage portrait of Homer © Emma Drabble
Images used with permission of the photographers.

Further reading from this conversation:
Ffoton conversation with David Hurn: Our Conversation
Ian Berry: Our news piece on Ian's visit to Cardiff in 2016
"Photographers are Lemmings": Guardian interview
Dewi Lewis Publishing: Homer's unique book ONCE A YEAR: Some Traditional British Customs


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Skin Phillips

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Skin Phillips

SKIN PHILLIPS IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG & DAN WOOD
SWANSEA, JUNE 2018

SKIN PHILLIPS YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG & DAN WOOD
ABERTAWE, MEHEFIN 2018

 Skin Phillips in Swansea. Image © Matthew Eynon

Skin Phillips in Swansea. Image © Matthew Eynon

 Skin Phillips talking with Ffoton & Dan Wood. Image © Brian Carroll

Skin Phillips talking with Ffoton & Dan Wood. Image © Brian Carroll

Hailing from Swansea and regarded as a legend in world skateboard photography, Skin Phillips has a career in the sport spanning over 30 years.

He’s worked as a photographer and had his images featured in some of the world's leading skate magazines, been editor-in-chief of Transworld magazine and the skate team manager at powerhouse brand Adidas.

Now spending less time in San Diego in California and coming back to his home town of Swansea, we grabbed the opportunity to talk with Skin along with fellow-skater and photographer Dan Wood.

Skin's work will be shown in the upcoming 'Against the Grain: Skate Culture & the Camera' exhibition in London from 7-22 July 2018. More info here: atg-exhibition.com

See below for a small selection of Skin's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Skin's work and follow him on Instagram @skinphoto

Gallery images © Skin Phillips and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner and shades portrait © Brian Carroll
Street portrait © Matthew Eynon
Big thanks to Mike Scott and Indycube Swansea for hosting our conversation.

Further Skin Skate mojo:
Transworld Skateboarding: skateboarding.transworld.net
Exist Skatepark, Swanseaexistskatepark.com
Tony Hawk Foundation: tonyhawkfoundation.org

DEVOTED - a must-watch documentary on skateboard magazines and media.
Used here with permission of film Director and top guy © Lucas Beaufort


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Alex Boyd : Part 2

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Alex Boyd : Part 2

ALEX BOYD IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
SCOTLAND / WALES, MAY 2018

ALEX BOYD YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
YR ALBAN / CYMRU, MAI 2018


 Alex Boyd. Portrait © Laurence Winram

Alex Boyd. Portrait © Laurence Winram

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Alex Boyd is a Scottish photographer with a deep passion for exploring Scottish identity in his raw but beautiful conceptual and figurative landscape photography.

Having admired Alex's for some time, Ffoton were pleased to sit down for a long and fascinating discussion on his photography career, landscape and wider work portfolio to date. This second part of our conversation explores the work in his new book: 'St Kilda: The Silent Islands' published in April 2018 and Alex's preparation for his next big project.

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Y mae Alex Boyd yn ffotograffydd o'r Alban a'i fryd ar archwilio ei hunaniaeth ffotograffig Albanaidd trwy ei luniau cignoeth cysyniadol a ffigurol o'r tirlun.

Y mae ffoton wedi edmygu ei waith ers tipyn a da oedd cael cyfle i drafod ei yrfa ffotograffig cyn cyhoeddi ei lyfr newydd am ynys St. Kilda. Cyhoeddwyd y llyfr: The Silent Islands' yn Ebrill 2018. Y mae ail ran y sgwrs yn trafod y gwaith ar ei lyfr newydd: St Kilda: The Silent Islands' a gyhoeddwyd yn Ebrill 2018. Yr ydym hefyd yn trafod ei brosiect newydd a heriol.

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See below for a small selection of Alex's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Alex's work on his website www.alexboydphotography.com
Follow him on Twitter @AlexBoyd and on Instagram @mralexboyd

Gallery images © Alex Boyd and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner portrait © Pjotr Burlakov

Further reading from this conversation:
Takeshi Shikama
: www.shikamaphoto.com
Jason Hicklin: www.jasonhicklin.com
Kyūya Fukada: 'One Hundred Mountains of Japan'


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Alex Boyd : Part 1

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Alex Boyd : Part 1

ALEX BOYD IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
SCOTLAND / WALES, MAY 2018

ALEX BOYD YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
YR ALBAN / CYMRU, MAI 2018


 Alex Boyd in the field. Photograph © Pjotr Burlakov

Alex Boyd in the field. Photograph © Pjotr Burlakov

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Alex Boyd is a Scottish photographer with a deep passion for exploring Scottish identity in his raw but beautiful conceptual and figurative landscape photography.

Having admired Alex's work for some time, Ffoton were pleased to sit down for a relaxed and fascinating discussion on his photography career, landscape and wider work portfolio to date around the time of publication of his new book: 'St Kilda: The Silent Islands' published in April 2018.

Part 1 of 2


Y mae Alex Boyd yn ffotograffydd o'r Alban a'i fryd ar archwilio ei hunaniaeth ffotograffig Albanaidd trwy ei luniau cignoeth cysyniadol a ffigurol o'r tirlun.

Y mae ffoton wedi edmygu ei waith ers tipyn a da oedd cael cyfle i drafod ei yrfa ffotograffig cyn cyhoeddi ei lyfr newydd am ynys St. Kilda. Cyhoeddwyd y llyfr: The Silent Islands' yn Ebrill 2018.

Rhan 1 o 2


See below for a small selection of Alex's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Alex's work on his website www.alexboydphotography.com
Follow him on Twitter @AlexBoyd and on Instagram @mralexboyd

Gallery images © Alex Boyd and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner portrait © Laurence Winram

Further reading from this conversation:
Takeshi Shikama
: www.shikamaphoto.com
Jason Hicklin: www.jasonhicklin.com
Kyūya Fukada: 'One Hundred Mountains of Japan'


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Paul Cabuts

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Paul Cabuts

PAUL CABUTS IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
CARDIFF, SOUTH WALES, MARCH 2018

PAUL CABUTS YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
CAERDYDD, DE CYMRU, MAWRTH 2018

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Ffoton had the pleasure of talking with Welsh photographer, educator and, from 2017 the Honorary Research Fellow at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, Paul Cabuts.

With a long career in photography education in Wales and having returned after two years as Director of the Institute of Photography at Falmouth University, Paul is a respected authority on the development of photography in Wales. We discuss the history and education of photography in Wales to the present day; Paul's book on the legacy of W. Eugene Smith's work in Wales in the 1950's; and his current research at Museum Wales which includes the work of David Hurn.

W. Eugene Smith's iconic image of 3 generations of miners captured in the south Wales valleys in the 1950's

Paul's in-depth and informative book on photography in Wales - available on Amazon

Cafodd Ffoton yr anrhydedd o sgwrsio gyda Paul Cabuts y ffotograffydd, addysgwr ac ers 2017 yn gymrawd ymchwil yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru yng Nghaerdydd.

Y mae Paul wedi cael gyrfa hir ym myd addysg ac wedi dychwelyd i Gaerdydd o Brifysgol Falmouth lle'r oedd yn gyfarwyddwr y cwrs ffotograffig. Y mae'n awdurdod ar hanes datblygiad ffotograffiaeth yng Nghymru ac yn ein sgwrs yr ydym yn trafod addysg a hanes y gelfyddyd yng Nghymru a llyfr Paul ar waith W. Eugene Smith ymwelydd â Chymru yn y 50au. Y mae ei waith ymchwil ar hyn o bryd yn cynnwys gwaith David Hurn.


See below for a small selection of Paul's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Paul's work and read through some of his essays on photography on his website www.paulcabuts.com

Gallery images © Paul Cabuts and used with permission of the photographer.


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Michael Christopher Brown

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Michael Christopher Brown

MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD SAMBROOK
BRISTOL, FEBRUARY 2018

MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN YN SGWRSIO GYDAG RICHARD SAMBROOK
Bryste, Chwefror 2018

Image from 'Yo soy Fidel' © Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer who immersed himself in travel and covering foreign assignments - including major conflict zones - professionally from 2006. Michael has been a contributing photographer at National Geographic since 2005 and joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2013 and was an associate from 2015 until June 2017.

Probably his best known work to date is his monograph 'Libyan Sugar' which won the Paris Photo First Photobook Award and the International Center of Photography's 2017 Infinity Award for Artist's Book. This unique book demonstrated his skill in using primarily an iPhone to photograph the Libyan Revolution from 2011-2012 where he covered several battles, was ambushed several times and injured twice. He survived the same mortar attack that killed his close friend and photojournalist colleague Tim Hetherington.

Ffoton spoke to Michael in early 2018 during a trip to the UK to plan his next book on Cuba where, as part of his 'Paradiso' project, he's been documenting the electronica music and youth scene in Havana. Whilst working there, he witnessed the national grieving and had exclusive access to the funeral cortege of the late leader Fidel Castro as it travelled from Havana to his grave in Santiago. Michael is currently working on a large documentary project on native Americans.

We were pleased and grateful to have Professor Richard Sambrook conduct the interview - an experienced journalist and ex-Director of News at the BBC who oversaw their coverage of the 2003 Iraq conflict. And thanks also to Martin and his team who kindly accommodated us for the recording on a busy day at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.

See below for a small selection of Michael's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Michael's work on his website michaelchristopherbrown.com

Gallery images © Michael Christopher Brown and used with permission of the photographer.
Podcast images © Brian Carroll.


Videos on Michael's work

Using the iPhone in photojournalism and collaboration with other creative practitioners. Ffoton on YouTube

'Libyan Sugar'. International Center of Photography on YouTube

Native America Project. DP Review on YouTube


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Bernard Mitchell

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Bernard Mitchell

BERNARD MITCHELL IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
SWANSEA, January 2018

BERNARD MITCHELL YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
Abertawe, Ionawr 2018

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 Photographers Roger Tiley, Emyr Young and Bernard Mitchell

Photographers Roger Tiley, Emyr Young and Bernard Mitchell

After studying photography at Berkshire College of Art in the mid 1960's, Bernard Mitchell began his long career as a photojournalist working for Thomson Regional Newspapers. Bernard returned to Swansea many years later and in 2003 studied for a Masters degree in photography at Swansea Metropolitan University.

Back in 1966 as a student, he started a project to document the circle of painters, writers and musicians who had associated with Dylan Thomas in their homes and studios but that project extended to cover the wider arts, literature and photography communities across Wales and continues to this day. A new book titled 'Pieces of a Jigsaw' published in late 2017 presents a selection of images from his ongoing Welsh Arts Archive project.

Bernard gifted his archive of photographs of artists and writers of Wales to the Richard Burton Archive at Swansea University in 2016.

Ffoton had the great pleasure of speaking with Bernard at his home in early 2018.

See below for a small selection of Bernard's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Bernard's work on his website www.bernardmitchell.co.uk

Gallery images © Bernard Mitchell are held and supplied by The Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University. Used with permission of the photographer.
Podcast images © Brian Carroll.


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John Bulmer

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John Bulmer

Ffoton talks with respected UK photojournalist and pioneer of colour John Bulmer. We discuss his career, work documenting the streets of the UK and warzones around the world - and his long friendships with some of the UK's leading photographers.

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David Wilson

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David Wilson

Ffoton talks with David Wilson - a self-taught landscape photographer based in Pembrokeshire who moved to photography full-time in 2008 after a lifetime love of photography and a desire to leave his day job as a civil servant.

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Simon Ridgway

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Simon Ridgway

SIMON RIDGWAY IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
Cardiff, August 2017

SIMON RIDGWAY YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
Caerdydd, Medi 2017

Doctor Who © BBC/Simon Ridgway

Having dropped plans for a career in Engineering and instead making a start in the rough and tumble of photojournalism, self-taught photographer Simon Ridgway now specialises in the exciting genre of Unit Stills photography in Television and Movies. His work for the BBC and it's successful new Doctor Who series in recent years has been seen all over the world.

Ffoton sat down with Simon for a fascinating conversation reflecting on his career, what it takes to be part of a tight studio production team and his plans for the future.

Wedi rhoi'r gorau i yrfa ym mheirianneg cychwynnodd Simon Ridgeway ar yrfa ym myd heriol ffotograffiaeth newyddiadurol. Y mae bellach yn arbenigo mewn tynnu lluniau ar setiau teledu a ffilm. Mae ei waith i'r BBC ar gyfres lwyddiannus Dr. Who i'w weld ar draws y byd.

Cawsom sgwrs ddiddorol gyda Simon sy'n sôn am ei yrfa a'r rhinweddau angenrheidiol sydd angen i weithio mewn stiwdio a'i obeithion am y dyfodol.


See below for a small selection of Simon's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Simon's work on his website www.simonridgway.com
Follow him on Twitter @simonridgway on Instagram @simonridgwayphoto

Gallery images © BBC/Simon Regan. Used with permission of the photographer.
Podcast images © Brian Carroll.


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Simon Regan

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Simon Regan

Ffoton talks with accomplished Cardiff-based advertising photographer and videographer Simon Regan.

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Harry Borden

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Harry Borden

Ffoton talks with leading celebrity portrait photographer Harry Borden

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Daniel Meadows

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Daniel Meadows

Ffoton talks with photographer and UK champion of Digital Storytelling, Daniel Meadows.

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Claire Thomas

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Claire Thomas

Ffoton talk with self-taught photojournalist Claire Thomas who travels the world capturing images that document human rights issues and conflict zones.

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Chuck Rapoport

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Chuck Rapoport

Ffoton talk with American I.C. (Chuck) Rapport about his successful career as a professional photojournalist working for many notable publications known for their outstanding photo essays, such as Life Magazine, Paris Match, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated and more.

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Jill Furmanovsky

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Jill Furmanovsky

Ffoton talks with the celebrated lady of rock photography and founder of Rockarchive - the very lovely Jill Furmanovsky.

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Sian Trenberth

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Sian Trenberth

Ffoton talks with Siân Trenberth, one of the most respected people photographers in Wales. Based in Cardiff, she photographs performers, creatives, families and business people in a classic, natural and atmospheric style. Siân is interviewed by long-time friend and fellow photographer Glenn Edwards.

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