Emily Andersen has been making photographic portraits of the international avant-garde since graduating from the Royal College of Art in the early 1980s. Having started out by finding her way into some pretty cool-sounding private parties in London and New York, she began convincing artists and musicians to pose for her – from Nan Goldin to Nico.
Ness Champion has been nominated as a heroine for founding PhotoAid Global, an organisation that addresses subjects such as human and animal rights, as well as environmental awareness by celebrating “photojournalism that inspires understanding and action through visual documentary.” Ness also runs education programmes in the UK and overseas.
#209 Women is the brainchild of Hilary Wood and has been created to mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote. The entire contemporary art collection at the Palace of Westminster is being replaced with new photos of 209 women MPs, made exclusively by women photographers, for an exhibition that will be free and open to the public.
“I guess that photographing my own country’s decay put me in a position where I wasn’t able to take too much distance from the things and people I photographed. I often feel like by photographing them, their pain and struggle, I’m photographing a part of myself.”
Known as “The Welsh Dragon” because of my signature on prints, my love of photography began whist attending evening classes to learn how to take pictures of my then preschool age children: the tutor developed a print in the darkroom and I was “hooked”. The realization that it was possible to produce emotional images came when I photographed wet ponies at a Horse Sale. My photography developed into an aim to capture places, people, their traditions and way of life before they changed forever.