Sunday, 21 March 2010

Advertising Photographer wins Art Prize

The West Midlands Bi Annual Art Prize has been won by midlands based advertising photographer, Lorentz Gullachsen.

Gullachsen say’s "I was aware that I had two images selected for the exhibition and that was great, but to have won was a great shock. There was some wonderful paintings, fine art illustrations and sculpture in the show. I was honoured just to be selected’"

The image is of an Attendee at the Wolstock festival and part of a personal project, ‘In the American West Midlands’ which was shot in a portable studio over a weekend in Wolverhampton.

Lorentz say's "the last year has been tough for all in advertising and so I have taken the opportunity to do a part time MA at Birmingham City University. It is having a positive effect on my work and I feel I am going to be better equipped for the upturn".

West Midlands Open, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, March 6th – May 2nd 2010.

View Lorentz's LPA folio here.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Andrew Lever Wins Professional Photographer Award

LPA member Andrew Lever who is a Travel and Documentary photographer has just won a Commended Award in `The Professional Photographer Of The Year Award 2009`. This Annual photo competition received over 7,500 entries worldwide.The awards ceremony took place at the `Sustain` Gallery London on the 28th January.

Andrew`s prize winning image was of a lone naturist walking across an empty beach in the Canary Islands.Andrew says " I`m delighted with the award as it was a spontaneous shot I took while on holiday .He added " This is the perfect example to always carry your camera with you as you will just never know what you will come across, even on a deserted beach ! "

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Did Daniel Moncur-Sime really pull off a fashion shoot in the middle of a Bhangra music Video?!

Short answer – Yes! As always trying to do something different!

The quick details
Client: Virk Films International, when: Friday 5th March, where: Green screen studio, Birmingham University,

Commissioned by Jazz Virk (Virk Films,, international award winning music video and film director and producer who has previously produced ground breaking videos for celebrity stars Nelly Furtado, Jazzy B, Basement Jaxx is working with established music producer Simon Nandhra, to produce the video for his latest single release ‘Wherever you go, Bhangra will be there’.

Jazz was very happy to finally work with Daniel – having already kept Daniel’s creative fashion photography on his Iphone as reference and influences. Interestingly, part of the commission was to recreate one of the looks that Daniel’s creative team had devised and produced on one of his previous fashion shoots!

Setting up a mini studio within the green screen studio, Daniel worked with makeup artist and close friend Arpita Karania ( , turning the multitude of professional dancers and models into icons of beauty! Anyone who was privy to the shooting was immersed in a fairground of creative excitement, with lights flashing off, cast and crew buzzing, and everyone could feel the heated excitement of the day!

The music video tells the story of the singer journeying from the stars to Earth searching for his dream soul mate. On the journey he discovers all most desirable sexy androids and beautiful women. At the end he realises the female hologram companion on his star ship is really the one, bringing her to real existence.

The photos produced are being used as embedded windowed stills in the video and in the promotional literature. The release of the video is set to be around April 2010.

It was all very exciting stuff, new friends were made and even the international models Kimberley Thomson (, Tia Magno (, Colleen Deary ( asking how soon can we work together again, even for just for the photos – a real rare treat!

Just the sort of positive feedback we all need!

To contact Daniel for your new photography project please call 07890 530130, or email , to view his exciting portfolio visit or at the LPA website

Friday, 12 March 2010

Phillip Lee Harvey's forthcoming London exhibition

Phillip Lee Harvey's forthcoming exhibition at the AOP Gallery 20th April - 1st May 2010

Philip Lee Harvey has travelled the globe in search of his subjects, finding them everywhere from the dark drama of a Haitian voodoo ceremony to the stark brightness of Bolivian salt flats. Now, out of an archive of thousands of pictures from across the globe, forty of his remarkable images are to be shown to the public at a leading London gallery.
Lee Harvey has spent the past 18 years travelling the world taking photographs for magazines and for advertising agencies. Last year alone he worked in over 20 countries, as diverse as Yemen, China and Hawaii. He draws his inspiration from the great travel photographers such as George Rodger, of Magnum fame, but also from Victorian explorer-painters such as David Roberts and John Frederick Lewis.

Editorial: A frequent contributor to BBC Lonely Planet magazine, he has also published his work in National Geographic Traveller, The Independent, the Saturday Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveler, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Geo magazine.

‘As a writer interested in far-flung places, I have been fortunate in having made some trips with Philip. It has been a revelation to see someone thinking about light, working with light, and in the end capturing light in the way that he does.’ Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

Commercial: Lee Harvey’s advertising clients have included Shell, UPS, T-Mobile, Ford, Bentley, Ericsson Communications, the Irish , British and Egyptian Tourist Boards, Sony, British Airways, Volkswagen, UBS Banks, Intercontinental Hotels, ITV, Mastercard, Kodak and BP.

Awards: Lee Harvey has won numerous awards including ones given by the London Photographic Association (LPA), Association of Photographers, Creative Circle, Royal Photographic Society, John Kobal, Travel Photographer of the Year, the International Colour Awards and Campaign magazine.

Biography: Born in Canterbury, England in 1969, Lee Harvey completed a Graphic Design degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design, before going on to assist some of the UK’s leading advertising photographers. Eager to develop his photographic career, he soon started taking on editorial and advertising commissions of his own. Since then, he has worked in over 100 countries, ranging from Antarctica to the Sahara. His journeys have taken him to some of the world’s most inhospitable and demanding destinations.

For more information see

Philip Lee Harvey is available for interview, and will make available some of his images for use alongside reviews of this exhibition. For further information, please contact
Philip is represented in London and New York by: Peter Bailey Company,,

Telephone: 020 7935 2626 email

Monday, 8 March 2010

London Photographic Association Awards For Portraiture

London Photographic Association Awards for Portaiture
Let's Face It 6

Here are the shortlisted photographers chosen by our judges.

Donna Richmond - The Times
David Edmunds - Creative director - Curator
Bill Procter - Creative director

Nina Contini Melis - Nino Gehrig - Zak Waters - Angus Thomas - Annett Reimer - Luis Sánchez Martín Constantino Schillebeeckx - Richard Bradbury - Charles McKean - Giles Farrington - Rick Medlock Lisa Layne Griffiths - Nigel Byde - Peter adams - Eric White - Abel Ruiz de León Trespando - Petr Titarenko Dougie Wallace - Richard James Taylor - Bronwyn Kidd - Vinzenz Schwab - Martin Piccione - Philip Bigg - Catlin Harrison - Andrea Simoncini - Will Wilkinson - Jayne Dennis - Robert Zielinski Kevin Nicholson - Christopher Moore - Jeroen Huisman - James Edmonds - Sukey Parnell - Sam Peach - Nigel Hillier Teri Havens - David Graham

The final placings will be published on the website on the 31st March - the day of the private view and book launch.

London Photographic Association Awards
Exhibition of Portraiture

The Assembly Rooms
8 Silver Place
London W1F 0JU

Private view: 31st March 2010
Exhibition runs until 29th May 2010
Mon - Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Contact 020 8392 8557
Photography by Luis Sánchez Martín
2009 Gold winner

Sebastian Rich With The US Marines In Helmand Province

Sebastian Rich has been a photographer / cameraman in hard news, documentary and current affairs for over thirty years, he joined the LPA a couple of months ago. I received an email from him last week saying that he is now back in Kabul having been embedded with the US Marines in Helmand province.
Here is a videopiece he shot for NBC News and I have to ask, would you fancy doing that?

You can view Sebastion's various featured galleries + buy his new book 'Lost For Words' … more

Sunday, 7 March 2010

One Day Video Cameras And Lighting Workshop

Moving Image Course
Direct have come up with the ideal one day training course to plug the skills gap. This Moving Image Course gives you the opportunity to learn creative techniques for handling the latest cameras and lighting for video.

Course fee is £195.00 + VAT
LPA members discounted to £150.00 +VAT Please contact me (Kevin) and I will arrange the discount for you.

With the web gaining ever more strength and cameras such as the Canon 5D ll taking off, we have noticed an increasing demand from photographers wishing to expand their knowledge when creating moving images on shoots. Perhaps it’s a “behind the scenes” segment from a fashion shoot to go up on a clients website, or a short cut from a portrait sitting, but whatever the situation, video skills are becoming essential for the working photographer.
The course will be run by an award winning lighting cameraman Jonathan Harrison who is highly experienced in demonstrating lighting and shooting both technically and creatively. It will be an intensive ‘hands-on’ one day course in our SE1 studio and will include tungsten, HMI fresnel, Par, Kino Flo and LED lighting equipment as well as all the latest in video DSLR camera technology from Canon.

Places are limited, for further information and how to book your place, click here.

The Convergence Of Stills And Moving Image

The convergence of stills and moving image is becoming a major talking point for professional photographers.
Skillset are keen to find out more about the skills needed to meet this demand and have put together a few questions aimed at either professional photographers or regular commissioners of photography.

They would like to ask you to give them your views by completing a short online consultation. It will take less than 2 minutes to complete and the answers will help inform the development of future short courses. It also includes an invitation for further participation through a Focus Group.

Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative media industries maintain their world class position. Find out more about how we do this here…more

Here is the link direct to the questions:

This consultation is the beginning of an ongoing research programme that Skillset will be carrying out through 2010.

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

LPA Publicity shoot for NPA at Pinewood Studios

The LPA is sponsoring the New Producers Alliance Feature Trailer Competition. This involves shooting the publicity shots around the filming of the trailers and later, showcasing the trailers on the new LPA movingPictures website.

We need a photographer or photographers to shoot publicity stills around the making of three feature movie trailers. Payment for this is in kind only.

Two of the shoots will probably be at Pinewood studios and the third in Portsmouth as the movie is set in a submarine.

The proposed dates are as follows,
Films The Container & Nitrate will be shot at Pinewood on 20th & 21st March & 27th & 28th March respectively.
Submarine shoot location for Bleak Sea not confirmed yet but probably Portsmouth on 20th & 21st March.

The NPA Feature Trailer Competition is for their members who submit feature film ideas. The chosen three have won the chance to make a 1.5 minute trailer of their project and all three will be shown in an industry showcase to a specially invited audience at Cannes Film Festival in May.

We will be on the set for one day only for each film, dates to be confirmed.
The pictures will be used online, in the industry magazine produced for Cannes and possibly a poster for the trailer.

We think this is an exciting project to get involved in and we will work with the photographers to give them the maximum PR opportunities that we can. We are looking for photographers who have had experience of working on set or can demonstrate that they are creative, can work with people and think on their feet.

We will give each photographer involved a years membership of the LPA +
▪ Member's bio, a selected image and a link to your LPA folio
posted on the LPA Blog.
▪ Member's biog and link to your LPA portfolio posted on LinkedIn
LPA discussion page.
▪ One week of Twitter updates with links to your LPA folio.
▪ One week of Facebook posts with images from portfolio and a
link to your LPA portfolio page

David and/or I will be on the shoots and will supply transport or pay reasonable travel expenses.

David Edmunds is running this project so please reply to this with links to your folio and details of relevant biog information.

Monday, 1 March 2010

LPA Welcomes New Member Daniel Moncur-Sime

LPA would like to welcome Daniel Moncur-Sime as its newest member! A highly creative and exciting photographer who specialises in creating dynamic fashion and beauty photography is currently working on a variety of personal and client projects.

The latest exciting fashion shoot was working with international beauty, glamour and pinup model Sabrina Lerna. She came to him requesting help with developing her portfolio and posing techniques to become more of a ‘main street’ fashion model. Travelling a couple of hundred miles for his skills and expertise, it was fitted in just before her latest trip back to the USA.

Technically a real challenge, Daniel spent a lot of time and energy directing the new posing techniques and form, because for Sabrina it was something that didn’t quite come naturally at first. But at the end of the day’s shoot there were several dynamic and exciting new photography artworks to choose from.

And the images can be seen on Daniel’s gallery at the LPA website and on his website

To know more about how Daniel works with his models and brings out the best, get in contact through his website or email
Don’t forget he is available to model agencies, directly to models and either in studio or location across the country.