Landscapes of war: In conversation with Simon Norfolk

Photographer Simon Norfolk is a landscape photographer who has photographed some of the world’s worst war zones and refugee crises.  His work has been published widely from the New York Times Magazine to The Guardian and his images are held in collections worldwide.

He is a busy man – last year was spent promoting and exhibiting his latest work, Burke + Norfolk, doing master classes and winning awards, including two nods the Sony World Photography Awards, winning the People category and getting a second place in Architecture, and being recognised at World Press Photo. D-Photo talks to Norfolk to find out more about his work and his thoughts on photography.


D-Photo: How did you get into photography?

Simon Norfolk: I had plans to become an academic but hated the idea of spending five years on a PHD which would be read by three people. For me, the only reason to take pictures is to change people’s opinions about the world – and if you want to change people’s opinions about the world there is no point being read by ...full story

D-Profile: Steve McCurry – The World Through my Viewfinder

I’m in Rome with American photographer Steve McCurry right after the opening of his new photographic exhibition where some 200 of his most famous shots are displayed in intriguing poster sizes. Nature, faces, cities all over the world, VIP portraits, travel and war photographs — you name it and McCurry has done it.

Beside him there’s a pile of photo books that carry his name. It takes only a quick scan of the first few pages to discover why McCurry is regarded as one of the world’s photography heavyweights. You’ll find depth and storytelling, myriad colours, fantastic expressive faces — smiling, searching, anguished, curious — from all corners of the world. You’ll see his incredible portraits of Asian children who seem to pour their souls right into McCurry’s lens. You’ll take in the typical McCurry works where it seems as if the photographer was completely invisible at the moment he snapped his photo. (more…)

Life as an emerging photographer

The photographic landscape can seem a daunting and confusing space for an emerging photographer, but at the same time students now have access to technology and resources previously unheard of. Young photographer Asef Ali Mohammad, winner of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition, shares his views on the situation with D-Photo:

It’s often said that now is the hardest time to be a photographer – the challenge of being commercially successful is greater than ever and the internet provides photo editors with all the free images they could ever need, so where does an emerging photographer fit in?  Also, with the revolution in digital imaging equipment meaning that  you no longer need to spend hours in a dark room to get one print, is it still worthwhile studying photography?

As someone who is just starting out in their photography career, this is difficult to hear. And actually, I disagree. I think now is the most exciting time to be a photographer.

It is clichéd to say that I have always been into photography, but I have been. I like the quirky ...full story

D-Profile: Sue Bryce – Guru of Glamour

It’s not easy getting hold of Sue Bryce these days. The Kiwi-born photographer who was last year named Australia’s Portrait Photographer of the Year (and NZIPP’s Overseas Photographer of the Year) has a daunting schedule for the first months of 2012 including presentations in Las Vegas, Seattle, Canada, Brazil and Hong Kong.

But behind her growing global reputation lie years of hard work — and the stubborn self-belief to stick with her own style through years during which ‘glamour’ had fallen out of photographic fashion.

“I’ve always specialised in glamour — so I was never going to be a wedding photographer or do family portraits or babies,” says Bryce. “Glamour was the biggest thing around when I started out, but then it sort of died.

“So I was trying to keep my own style alive and at the same time integrate and evolve my brand when glamour had become a dirty word. It was like ‘Glamour? Really?’ But I had to keep persevering. Then all of a sudden it’s done this big loop and now I get, ‘Wow — where have you ...full story

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A chat with rock photographer Kate Simon

New York photographer Kate Simon is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most iconic images: The cover of The Clash‘s first album, sultry Debbie Harry on an NY rooftop and many candid shots of the legendary Bob Marley, to name just a few. Little wonder Simon has been featured in the extensive Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition, celebrating the photographers who gave rock its image, currently showing at the Auckland Art Gallery. The veteran photographer took a few moments to talk to D-Photo about her illustrious career.


D-Photo: What came first for you, the photography or the music?

Kate Simon: The photography.

My father was a surgeon, but he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer and so, from the age of seven, I was made aware of some of the pioneers of modern photography. I was most influenced by the pictures my father showed me by Matthew Brady and The Family of Man.


Can you tell me how you came to create your Bunny Wailer portrait that is included in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition?

I was sent down to ...full story

Happy holidays from D-Photo

We are about to sign off for the year but that doesn’t mean you should stop coming around – we’ve got a load of articles ready to pop up over the holiday period to keep you entertained and inspired.

Firstly we will be bringing you some of the biggest interviews to pop up in D-Photo over 2012, including international stars like Steve McCurry and Vincent Laforet as well as local legends Sue Bryce and Bev Short.

We also have an interview with iconic rock and roll photographer Kate Simon, who has created some of the most enduring music imagery of recent decades, and one with award-winning landscape provocateur Simon Norfolk.

And to make sure you’re still pushing your creative limits over the break we hear from two up-and-coming award-winners, Asef Ali Mohammad on life as an emerging photographer and Chan Kwok Hung on self-taught success.

So don’t forget us while you’re lounging with the family in the sun, be sure to check back often for your fill of photographic features during the holiday and we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming from mid-January.

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Film is not dead

One of the biggest proponents of film photography is heading over from the US to Queenstown in the New Year to host an exhaustive workshop on analogue film photography.

Professional photographer Jonathan Canlas has been spreading his love of film photography through the world in a series of Film is Not Dead (or FIND) workshops on developing a passion and thriving business as a film photographer – and in early February he brings the show to our shores.

Canlan will be hosting his Film is Not Dead workshop in Queenstown from February 5 to 7, covering such topics as ‘storytelling through details’, ‘making every event publishable’ and ‘how to define your voice’.

The workshop costs US$2400 and includes three days of training, 10 rolls of Kodak film (35mm or 120) a 40-page workbook with DVD and breakfast and lunch each day.

There is space for just 14 participants at the workshop, to optimise personal instruction, so book a place quickly – a US$500 deposit is due a month before the event to register.

The organiser says attendees tend to form bonds as “a ...full story