The Best Photography & Art Biographies To Read This Christmas


Last week we published a comprehensive list of The Best Photography and Art books of 2016 and it proved very popular, so much so that some extremely vast social media sites compared it to Time’s – a compliment indeed. Today, we have published The Best Photography & Art Biographies, these we believe you will enjoy too. Sometimes, we like to look at the photographer/artist behind the imagery and this is a great way to switch off and indulge, if you have the opportunity over the Christmas break. I do hope you enjoy this.

If there are any others that you have read, that you think should be included, please add your comments below.

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Mobile Photography – I’m Speaking at The Photography Show about You!


As I mentioned recently, I am very excited to be speaking at The Photography Show this year at the NEC, Birmingham about all of you and your wonderful mobile photography and art.

I’ve attached the schedule of my seminars and if anyone is in the UK and would like a discounted ticket then you need to add this code APPWHISPTPS2015 in the checkout here.  It will discount your ticket from £13.95 to £10.95 I understand. Please let me know if you have any problems with that, the code is valid until 17 March 2015.

There are some great photographers speaking at this event including Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr (who I’ve met previously), Lynsey Addario, Don McCullin, Simon Norfolk and more.

To view my seminars in more detail, follow this link and click on each one – we have work to do! 😉

I am very fortunate to have Vivi Hanson Sacerdote with me as an Assistant, thank you! Huge thanks also to Carolyn Hall Young for creating my ‘image’. Vivi’s should be appearing on the page soon I’ve been told.

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Memoir ‘It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario, Part 1’


This is wonderful, MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lynsey Addario’s relentless pursuit of complex truths drive this heart-pounding and inspirational memoir of a photographer’s life.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and It’s What I Do is the story of that singular calling—how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made, and remade, our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and profession, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.

To pre-order this book from Amazon, please go here.

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Tickle Your Fancy – #31 – Dedicated To All Women


Welcome back to our thirty first post in our new section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art. Just to … Read more Tickle Your Fancy – #31 – Dedicated To All Women

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