Alas this once very influential magazine is no more with Italian Condé Nast recently announcing its closure in a radical consolidation of publications. Many wonderful photographers cut their teeth in collaborations with its influential editors (not least of which was one Franca Sozzani), including Bruce Weber and  Peggy Sirota. I really learnt most of what I really needed to know about fashion photography i.e. working quickly, capturing spontaneous reactions, to relax (but not too much!) and trust in one’s instincts and to always look for a positive point of view. A light-bulb moment for me was when I was first starting out in Paris. My agent at the time reported that the Fashion Director of Marie Claire said she’d work with me if I could bring my way of working with kids to women’s fashion. I listened and not long after was working for that same editor.

The images in my archive are mainly from my 5-6 year collaboration with Vogue Bambini. It’s a very small selection from many hundreds of published images that I hope eventually to sort into their individual stories.


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You may well be reading this after receiving my launch email – in which case thank you for visiting! This shoot commissioned for French Elle in 1996 was inspired directly by Nikki Uberti who was having her moment in the sun as a model. I’d just shot a TV commercial and campaign with her for a Korean client. She fizzed with life, ideas and inspiration like few others. Should I be surprised that it was all too much for Elle? This is one of those (thankfully) very rare unpublished commissions. I love it now even more than I did at the time.


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For the last 14 months or so I’ve been working on a book project with the Castello di Potentino in Tuscany. After 6 visits so far I feel I’m just beginning to uncover the life of this extraordinary estate. There never seem to be less than 20 people sitting down to eat at meal times, comprising a mixture of students, children, musicians, film makers, harpsichord makers, doctors, surgeons, fashion designers, farmers, butchers, chefs, beekeepers, product designers, wine makers, museum curators, literary agents, authors, singers and journalists. One of my favourite subjects are the volunteers who come to work in the kitchen, olive groves and vineyards, cooling off in the river after their labours.


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For the first time I have a website that features my archive. Despite shooting a high proportion of digital images since 2007, more than 4/5 of the archive is in negative form. The images currently posted to the archive section form just a tiny proportion of the material currently filling the shelves that line my office – very expensive wallpaper indeed. It’s my plan to add to the archive regularly over the next months and years. I have to thank the wonderful The Shoemakers Elves for their immaculate negative scans and the photography workshop at Kingston University for the use of their resources. It’s been a fascinating process reviewing the very wide range of films I’ve shot in every kind of format from 35mm to 10×8 sheet film. I’ll write some more on this topic in future posts.

 


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New Website

16.09.2017

Welcome to my new website! 2016-17 has been good to me, with more than 100 pages of editorial shot and some notable new commercial clients. Dolce & Gabbana commissioned 3 lookbooks for S/S 2017, including their main brand collections of women’s and men’s wear with stylists Tabitha Simmons and Nik Piras. In August 2016 I started a book project with Castello di Potentino  for which I’ve just completed my 5th shoot. I’ll have something to show of this wonderful project in future posts. There’s even a rumour I might start to use Instagram…..


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