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Courtney Barnett for MOJO

Click on the images above for a slideshow, why don't you. Sooooooo this was a good one, as it turned out. A few ideas were batted about (well, back at us) and in the end we went with the classic 'pose up in the venue' style, as well as the studio-lit set ups on the main venue floor at the Forum, after soundcheck. Courtney sold out two nights at the venue in North London so it's truly happening for her and MOJO celebrated this with a really tasty 4 page feature in this month's issue, out now. Looks great, as do the portraits (Hasselblad) and the lighting (Broncolor), the process (IMGN) and the ideas (ahem, me). We like to do things properly here.

Liberia for Riders For Health - Slideshow

  I've said before that this is the best shooting I ever do and I was delighted to go back to Africa, this time Liberia, for Riders For Health. I love their style, quietly getting on with changing the world - no celebrities or crassness in their approach - just delivering transport solutions via government budgets (and your generous donations) to healthcare systems that need them. That really, really need them. I documented their new programme (with kind assistance from Mr. Tom Andrew, no less) and we had the best of all times. Proper adventure, great opportunities and no PR. More below, and please support them here. I vouch for their incredible-ness and please shout if you'd like to know any more about these beautiful characters we captured here. Slideshow is below - make clickings and enjoy. Thanks loads.

 

I've said before that this is the best shooting I ever do and I was delighted to go back to Africa, this time Liberia, for Riders For Health. I love their style, quietly getting on with changing the world - no celebrities or crassness in their approach - just delivering transport solutions via government budgets (and your generous donations) to healthcare systems that need them. That really, really need them. I documented their new programme (with kind assistance from Mr. Tom Andrew, no less) and we had the best of all times. Proper adventure, great opportunities and no PR. More below, and please support them here. I vouch for their incredible-ness and please shout if you'd like to know any more about these beautiful characters we captured here. Slideshow is below - make clickings and enjoy. Thanks loads.

Leon Bridges for Time Out New York

Another lovely commission from TONY. Free access with Leon to wander East London and even nab a quick studio shoot. Working quick with tethered Hasselblad and battery powered Bron Moves we nailed 6 set ups total, so please enjoy this couple here. He's a beautiful gospel singer of the old school and entertained us as we worked with his astonishing vocal ability, enchanting us all the more.

Another lovely commission from TONY. Free access with Leon to wander East London and even nab a quick studio shoot. Working quick with tethered Hasselblad and battery powered Bron Moves we nailed 6 set ups total, so please enjoy this couple here. He's a beautiful gospel singer of the old school and entertained us as we worked with his astonishing vocal ability, enchanting us all the more.

It finally happened.

After so many years of trying, my work is at last hanging in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I could weep. This is a picture of me (thanks Brian Whar) at the Private View last week, feeling pretty happy. And relieved actually - I was beginning to seriously question how I could call myself a portrait photographer yet not get amongst the annual best 60 portraits once again - then you get the email and everything is ok. The experience has been absolutely top notch as well, the print has a great position in the show, it was used on the private and press viewing invite, is a postcard for sale in the shop and the gallery is using it in their mail outs, as well as this gem in the Telegraph Arts section which was the icing on the cake (read to the last paragraph if you have nothing at all to do just now). Huge thanks to Brian Whar, Richard Chan printers, Gilbert and George, and Hope and Sally Anne for coming down. You're ace and I love you.

After so many years of trying, my work is at last hanging in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I could weep. This is a picture of me (thanks Brian Whar) at the Private View last week, feeling pretty happy. And relieved actually - I was beginning to seriously question how I could call myself a portrait photographer yet not get amongst the annual best 60 portraits once again - then you get the email and everything is ok. The experience has been absolutely top notch as well, the print has a great position in the show, it was used on the private and press viewing invite, is a postcard for sale in the shop and the gallery is using it in their mail outs, as well as this gem in the Telegraph Arts section which was the icing on the cake (read to the last paragraph if you have nothing at all to do just now). Huge thanks to Brian Whar, Richard Chan printers, Gilbert and George, and Hope and Sally Anne for coming down. You're ace and I love you.

Sorry for being the worst blogger.

We have so much to catch up on too. We should definitely start with the shame that is the delay on the On/Off book. Most of you have been so patient and not given me any more aggro than I'm having already in trying to get this project out the door (well, through your front doors) and I'm really grateful for that. Understandably some of you have been in touch illustrating your frustration in the delay, it has been over 13 months since launching it via PledgeMusic after all - for which I am so apologetic - I genuinely had no idea anything could ever take this long. The great news is the book will be with us before Christmas and is looking bloody magic apparently. In the meantime, here's MIA in an outtake from the On/Off shoot with her in Leeds that time. She's a great. Thanks and sorry again.

We have so much to catch up on too. We should definitely start with the shame that is the delay on the On/Off book. Most of you have been so patient and not given me any more aggro than I'm having already in trying to get this project out the door (well, through your front doors) and I'm really grateful for that. Understandably some of you have been in touch illustrating your frustration in the delay, it has been over 13 months since launching it via PledgeMusic after all - for which I am so apologetic - I genuinely had no idea anything could ever take this long. The great news is the book will be with us before Christmas and is looking bloody magic apparently. In the meantime, here's MIA in an outtake from the On/Off shoot with her in Leeds that time. She's a great. Thanks and sorry again.

Chance To See: On/Off Prints

It's still going! The lovely and generous souls of Gibson Guitars kindly offered up their windows for 2 whole months for me to display a selection of prints from my War Child On/Off project. Please go have a look - you can buy them here if you'd care to and support the powerful work of War Child with a mere click of your mouse. Artists include: Muse, MIA, Arctic Monkeys, Take That, Flying Lotus, Paul Weller, Prodigy, Rudimental... The Gibson Guitar Studio is at 61–62 Eastcastle Street, London, W1T 2AA, just north of Oxford Street. THANK YOU.

Dave Eggers is my hero. Seriously.

I really really admire this person. So much so that I got embarrassingly starstruck and did a LOT of staring at him, which I hope wasn't too noticeable (or cringey). If you don't know Dave Eggers, my favourite works of his are The Circle and Zeitoun plus the whole McSweeney's thing too is a wonder BUT he also came up with the idea for The Ministry of Stories and now they're dotted around the world giving kids the chance to invest more time in their creative writing skills, after school and behind a themed shopfront. It's beautiful and brilliant and so worthwhile. Here sits THE LEGEND with Nick Hornby and Paddy Doyle, being interviewed at Second Home last week by three Junior Minister writers aged ten or so. Everyone laughed a lot including me, though I doubt everyone filled up 3 times and nearly cried. It's cos I'm a parent I'm sure but honestly, if anything was going to set me off it was this.

Sam Sure

Personal work - all important you know. Loved meeting Sam. He's got a great sound and a great look too. With those sharp cheekbones he's an obvious choice for some Tom love so crank that gridded softlighter and let's shoot some portraits eh?

Hot Chip for MOJO

Oval Space, London for MOJO. 7 minutes from the yard/crib/hood/domicile/pad/gaff and good to catch up with this lot again. Audience reaction was electric and the show a smash. Easy.

Sergio Aguero for PUMA

Nice punchy aesthetic for the Q3 launch with the Argentinian goal king, Mr. Sergio Aguero for PUMA. Movement frozen with Broncolor Move of course, what else you gonna use on location huh? Challenging as these fellas travel quick and we needed to capture the apparel in flight, plus we had to shoot in all the conditions, day and night and rain and shine. And freezing cold, in Manchester here. Brrrrrr. Great though, home of football and all that.

John Cooper Clarke for National Trust 3

Whoever said don't meet your heroes was wrong. Am always banging on about the privilege of my job but DAMN, sometimes this job floats up opportunities I still am so excited by. To spend the day at Ringstead Bay in Dorset, where I swam as a nipper, to shoot this most beautiful of talents was a nice call to get for someone like me. The portraits were for the National Trust, via Mischief PR, who have commissioned John to write a poem to help save and celebrate our wonderful coastline - More here. My friend described him as the Dad you wished you had. My Dad is great but I could happily accommodate more JCC in my life. Printed in the Independent and Express, and elsewhere online. Very nice indeed.

James Kingston for EE

This was just bloody magnificent. A press and PR shoot for EE of James Kingston, freerunner and generally fearless danger monkey launching a 4G streaming camera. 3 months of planning, 60 people in production and then me, up in a helicopter, leaning out and shooting this. Good, right? We tethered my Nikons via Capture One to a laptop and WeTransferred the RAW files from the air via EE's 4G dongle to an editor below in Wembley Stadium. Insanely quick and enabling the pictures to splash, big. Made every national print version the next day and everyone involved got a pat on the back. Solid work chaps.

Everyone needs The Ministry Of Stories

I got involved because I truly admire the work of writer Dave Eggers and he inspires me to achieve bigger and better. He started this in America like Nick Hornby did in the UK and you could help too if you'd care to by clicking here and acting. They optimise the creative writing talents of local kids (junior ministers) around Hoxton Street and I sometimes am lucky enough to go and shoot their activities. It's wonderful, honestly, and really good fun. Go ahead punk.