Talk by Hugh Pinney, Senior Director of Photography, Editorial at Getty Images

Last Wednesday I attended a talk by Senior Director of Photography, Editorial at Getty Images, Hugh Pinney. It took place at IdeasTap, London Bridge. It was an interesting talk giving an insight into the role of photo-journalists today and how they can make their mark in the industry.

Pinney graduated in geography, but built his experience in photography after developing a passion for it. He worked with a number of local agencies in South West England and later moved to London. He has worked for Reuters and currently holds the position of Senior Director of Photography, Editorial at Getty Images

He wanted to create images which documented conflict to change the world.

He talked about photographers of today and how the industry has changed. A few observations he had on todays photographer included:

  • Less emphasis on formal training
  • Fewer staff jobs
  • Less turnover for photographers
  • Reduced budgets
  • More competition
  • Freelancers dominate market

Pinney explained that photographers need to live and breathe photography. Those who want to be photographers, should freelance. Both a strong portfolio and personality will create awareness of the work you do. He had a few points including:

  1. If you are a business, get established and then understand the customer
  2. Treat every assignment as if it were the most important, never underestimate a job
  3. I need you to shoot xxxxx for me, can you do it? Say yes!
  4. Keep your problems to yourself
  5. Bring stories/ideas to the table. Be proactive
  6. Nobody is interested in excuses. Be honest if it goes wrong
  7. First impressions count. Vital to get right. Keep something smart in the car
  8. Make sure you have the right kit. Understand your kit, have confidence in the kit you have

I think the points highlighted by Pinney cross various industries, however, it was interesting how these were applied into a photography context.

Have a long term goal, vision, become a brand!


Bharatanatyam – a wonderful performance

On Saturday 25th September at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, West Kensington, I had the pleasure of taking photographs for Shivaangee Agrawal at her Bharatnatyam Arangetram: a debut on-stage performance of a Bharatanatyam student, after undertaking years of training.

Bharatnatyam is a popular classical Indian dance style which originated in the temples of the state of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. The various dances are inspired from various Hindu stories. It is a classical dance style practiced both inside and outside of India. Bharatnatyam also featured in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Shivaangee presented a wonderful showcase on what she has learnt over the last ten years with her Guruji, Sri Prakash Yadagudde. It is easy to see that the level of detail in make up, dress, style and performance is critical. Across the board the performace was outstanding to say the least! The event was very well attended and we were able to learn even more about the talented Shivaangee and this fantastic dance form.

Below are a couple of pictures from the event. See more here

Thanks goes to Shivaangee and her family for a great event and promoting this fantastic dance form.