Nepal was devastated by a powerful and violent earthquake on 25th April this year. It was a disaster on an epic scale, nearly 9000 dead, thousands made homeless, towns and villages flattened. Liam Arthur was among the hundreds of volunteers that flew to the stricken country to give help in the aftermath. Working for the NGO Shelterbox in the dual roles of aid worker and photographer he helped provide shelter for people whose homes had been destroyed and, in his photographs, recorded their stories and their situation. The images here are some of the people that he met while distributing aid to one of the worst hit areas east of Katmandu.
Liam is adamant about the importance of the role of the photographer in this situation. “As a photographer my role is to document the disaster and bring back stories and media that describe the situation and the people affected. There is no brief as such except to provide material that can be used by the organisation to publicise the situation on the ground and the efforts to help. We often have a unique view and access – as the second part of my role is to help facilitate the importation and distribution of aid to the affected communities. Being closely involved with the people affected gives you an element of trust and understanding with them, often allowing you to get under the surface, under an exterior often toughened by the catastrophic events that have claimed so many lives, to the real feelings underneath.
Being sensitive to the people that you are photographing in disaster situations is vital not only for them but also for the medium of photography to be trusted across the world as a method of revealing a peoples need for help without exploiting those that you are trying to help in the first place. Often it is hard to avoid the cliched images that we so often see, but the more that you talk to the affected communities the more you tend to see the strength and resilience of the human condition. I would hope a little of this strength shows in the portraits of people who have suffered greatly at the hands of the unforgiving mountains that they inhabit.
They are not a community to be pitied but one of courage and strength, to be supported and helped to build back stronger and better. Unfortunately the disaster here has only begun, with the monsoon rain coming followed by a harsh winter in mountains that were prone to landslides before the earthquakes. Images have the power to keep us engaged in a world who’s attention span is ever shortening. It is important that the stories keep getting told. It is important that we see what needs to be done so that we can empathise and support the people that so generously gave us their stories to tell. But most importantly it is important that we do it with integrity.”
Time is the theme of the new issue of 125 Magazine and Gavin Watson‘s 14 page story ‘Neville’ reunites him with his brother, the model/muse of his teenage years. This is the first time the pair have worked together as artist and subject for many years and it serves to highlight the changes time has wrought on them.
When 125 asked Gavin what was the biggest difference he cited the difficulty in persuading Neville, now an internationally renowned DJ, to participate.
Gavin explains, ‘Previously, he was at ease in front of the camera but Nev didn’t want to look like the person he was at that young age. He wanted his evolved personality to show through. He’s very different man today.’
But in spite of Neville’ initial doubts, the piece, centred on the sharp but simple idea of contrasting images of past and present, works brilliantly. It is evocative and grittily tender as it explores the interplay of constancy and change.
To see more and find out where to buy 125 go to www.125magazine.com
The prolific Gavin Watson returns a third time for Dr Martens campaign this time featuring punk princess and ‘IT’ girl, Alice Dellal for AW12. Individual Style. United Spirit.
Creating an intriguing tale from the bar to the bath tub, as always, Gavin leaves us wanting more.
Jay Brooks brings you The Teds – a sneak preview. As part of his ongoing dance project to photograph the unusual to the extreme, his latest endeavour, The Teds, is really something special.
Recently Jay spent a very sweaty Saturday night locked up, camera in hand, doing his own dance to capture these intimate portraits. Absolutely brilliant!
During the month of August, Pip set out to photograph a series of contrasting urban and natural landscapes. Shot in London throughout the Olympic games he describes his motivation behind the project …
“Although I love portraiture, it’s always nice to break away and do something completely different once in a while. Despite the unprecedented crowds in our sprawling metropolis, these images are about human absence.”
See the full set of images and read the introduction to Track and Field.
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Currently on set shooting day 5 (of 6), Ray Burmiston is right in the swing of it photographing the team, celebrities and dancers.
Here we bring you the judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli
It all begins this Saturday 15th September on BBC1 with an all star line up.
The gorgeous Fearne Cotton gets sultry for the camera and photographer Ray Burmiston as she shows of her latest fashion range for Very.
Recently Shoot Production has been busy working closely with the Sky Creative team to produce two of these fantastic billboard campaigns…
Brand new comedy shows – Moone Boy – starring Chris O’Dowd – photography by Danielle Levitt and Spy – starring Darren Boyd and Robert Lindsay – photography by Dimitri Daniloff
America’s favourite Jewish moms, Ronna and Beverley, looking fabulous on the couch for You Mag with Jay Brooks behind the lens.
Rebecca Miller photographs the Slashies – young entrepreneurial Londoners making two job works.
On the cover and inside of today’s ES Magazine, Rebecca’s playful portraits capture the energy of these savvy moonlighters; .
Citizens of Farah – these trendy guys put their best face forward when they entered to become models for the Farah A//W12 campaign and they didn’t disappoint.
Photographed by Gavin Watson he brought out the inner bad boy whilst sharply cut in their Farah fineries.
The Farah A//W12 collection is out now.
Jay Brooks photographs Tamsin Greig once again and this time in character for the Royal Court’s critically acclaimed play, Jumpy posters. A must see.