Discrimination In Journalism

Seeking Diversity In The Media Industry

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It’s a very sad truth that sexism and racism is rife in the media. As a British photojournalist born in Iran and off Armenian descendants, I have lived in the UK since the age of eight. It’s very much my home and I’m extremely proud to be British and to contribute to society through my work, both professionally and in various volunteer basis, as well as numerous charitable contributions.

Through various publications, competitions and awards over the years, I have proven my ability as a photojournalist, yet sadly have never managed to make it past being a casual freelance photographer (meaning being commissioned daily) for the newspapers and agencies. I have several talented colleagues who are of various ethnic backgrounds who have the same struggles. The same discrimination is shown towards white, English female colleagues when contracts and big projects are filled. It is indeed rare to see someone of ethnicity or female photographers in good contract positions, the recipient of the top commissions or in possession of staff jobs (even when these were more abundant).

It truly is a shame that one’s ability and skill is often overseen, in place of one’s ethnicity or sex. After all, the reader or viewer sees the work, not the author. Its quite bizarre that over the last year, I decided to grow a long beard. Instead of this being seen as a trendy or hipster type thing, because of my slight tanned complexion, I could see a lot of people were judging me as some sort of religious extremist. Since shaving it off a couple of months ago, the reaction of the same people when seeing me is the polar opposite. Its quite sad really. Ignorance is most often not bliss.

Picture editors, editors, publishers and media owners need to look at the quality of work and ability of the photojournalist, not their ethnicity, sex, cultural background or religion. I’m definitely not one to condone positive discrimination either; quotas shouldn’t be filled based purely on one’s ethnicity or sex. I just think that the best person for the job should always get the job regardless of the colour of their skin or their sex.

The NY Times has this excellent article, which is well worth a read: Seeking Action — Not Just Talk — About Diversity in Photojournalism. Even more importantly, at the end of the article is a link to a survey for working photojournalists. Please put aside five minutes and fill in this Reclaim survey. Hopefully it’ll benefit the industry and our readers too.

2017 TZIPAC Zebra Awards

Four Images In The Finals

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Happy to share that four of my images are finalists in the 5th Zebra Awards and a further five managed to reach the second stage of judging. Many thanks to all the judges and congratulations to all the winners and other finalists.

Finalists

Shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and a Voigtlander 17.5mm Nokton f0.95 lens.

Shot on a Leica M (Type 240) and a Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE lens.

Shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and an Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens.

Shot on an Olympus PEN-F with a tilt adapter and a Nikon 24mm f2.0 lens.

Second Stage Images

Shot on a Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) and a vintage Leica 50mm Summilux lens.

Shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and a Voigtlander 17.5mm Nokton f0.95 lens.

Shot on an Olympus PEN-F and an Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens.

Shot on a Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) and a vintage Leica 50mm Summilux lens.

Shot on an Olympus PEN-F and an Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens.

10th Annual International Color Awards

Two Images Nominated By Judges

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Delighted to share that two of my images were nominated in the 10th Annual International Color Awards. Alas no wins, but still nice to get a couple of images chosen out of the 6178 entries. In a slight departure from my normal work, one of the images was in the Abstract category and the other in Fine Art.

Nominee in Abstract | Backstage Light

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A backstage light at the end of the cross over tunnel. Hänsel und Gretel, Royal College of Music, London. June 29, 2016.

 

This was shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II using a Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 lens. The raw image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Alienskin Exposure X2.

Nominee in Fine Art | Light

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The cold blue of the early morning light is warmed by an artifical lightbulb in a stair way. London. May 23, 2016.

This was shot on a Leica M (Type 240) using a Leica 50mm Noctilux ASPH lens. The raw image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Alienskin Exposure X2.

Amateur Photographer Magazine

Cover Photo

Along with most photographers I know, both professional colleagues or enthusiast shooters, the first photography magazine I looked at (back in 1986) was Amateur Photographer. It’s the one thing most photographers in the UK have in common.

I was fortunate that I turned my passion into my career and have covered a plethora of assignments, both here in the UK and internationally. My work has been published in practically every major publication around the world, from newspapers to quality news magazines.

Cover photo by Edmond Terakopian. Amateur Photographer, February 04, 2017.

I’ve made the cover of quite a few of these publications too. However, in over 30 years of photography, over 26 years of which have been as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, I have never managed to get the cover of my first magazine; Amateur Photographer!

So, to say I’m thrilled to have my first is a bit of an understatement! Although completely happy to work in the studio or location with artificial lights (be they flash or continuous, for photography or video), my passion is to shoot with available light, and I often dial up the ISO to let me work with the light available to me. This week’s issue is all about shooting with high ISOs, so when Geoff Harris (the deputy editor) contacted me on the off chance that I may have a cover photo at high ISO, I jumped at the chance and started searching through my Adobe Lightroom libraries. I found the perfect image in my 2015 library.

The image chosen, was made on one of my “one to one bespoke” photography workshops, about portraiture and lighting. It was shot with available light using a Lastolite deflector (to bounce back the light onto the model’s face) on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. ISO 1600, f3.2 at 1/320th shutter speed. The model was the fabulous Sonia Yasmin Ali.

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When the model you’re working with really likes your camera! Sonia Yasmin Ali and Edmond Terakopian, after a portrait workshop. London. March 04, 2015. Photo: ©Jeremy Peters / http://www.jeremypeters.photography

 

Huge thanks to the brilliant team at Amateur Photographer for putting together a great magazine; one which my colleagues and I regularly read. The issue is in the shops now and also available for online purchase.

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Another photograph from the session. Portrait of Sonia Yasmin Ali. London. March 04, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Christmas Wishes

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2016 has certainly been a rough year. The worsening refugee crisis, mass killings in Syria, extremists of all sorts (both in the Middle East and the West), political upheavals like Brexit and Trump, the rise of racism and far right ideologies, the loss of many great and gifted people, have made 2016 one of the most terrible years in my living memory.

I hope that on those things which we have control, we learn lessons and vow to make 2017 much better. On those things we have no control, let’s be hopeful that it will be a better year.

I’ve personally had a very mixed year. Very saddened by world events both far and close. Very annoyed by politicians who blatantly set out to lie and fool the population of their respective countries. I’ve met some very interesting new people; talented, genuine and with depth and substance and been let down by a couple of people whom I felt had these qualities.

I’ve been fortunate with my work being recognised by various institutions, publications and competitions around the world and had the honour of the Daily Mirror naming me as the author of one of the world’s most iconic photographs. I’ve had the absolute joy of being back at the Royal College of Music to continue my project with an extremely talented group of people; it’s an atmosphere which makes me buzz with creative energy. It’s been wonderful continuing many bespoke one on one workshops throughout the year, both for established clients and new clients. I’ve also had the absolute joy of being a tutor on Philip Bloom and Nino Leitner’s Film Makers Masterclass, where I had the joy to meet some amazing people and produce some great work.

Words of thanks to all who follow the blog, my Instagram, Flickr and FaceBook. Your kind comments always raise a smile and bring an energy when it’s needed. Thank you.

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. Keep well!

Smithsonian Photo Of The Day

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Ida Ränzlöv, singing the part of Arminda, Anchise’s niece, waits backstage for her cue. Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Dress rehearsal. Royal College of Music Opera School, Prince Consort Road, London. November 25, 2016. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Delighted to share that Smithsonian.com has chosen my image from the current production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Royal College of Music as their Photo Of The Day.

It is indeed an honour to have an image selected from their 357,869 photographs, spanning 236 countries. The photograph was made backstage as part of my ongoing personal project “Life Between The Scenes” which explores the moments backstage as performers get ready before going on stage.

It was made using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and a Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Nokton m43 lens.

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Black & White Spider Awards 2016

Six Images Chosen By Judges



Thrilled to have two of my images given honourable mentions and four other images achieve nominee status in the 2016 Black & White Spider Awards.

Honourable Mention in Nature | Murmurations

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A murmuration of starlings at dusk, just after the sunset at the beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom. March 10, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8PRO lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Honourable Mention in People | Backstage Reflection

Albert Herring; an Opera by Benjamin Britten

The final performance of Albert Herring at the Britten Theatre, RCM. Miss Wordsworth, played by Sofia Larsson, reflects on her performance backstage and awaits her cue for her next scene in the second act. Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. Royal College of Music, Bitten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London. July 08, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Nominee in People | Backstage Tunnel

Albert Herring; an Opera by Benjamin Britten

Miss Wordsworth, played by Natasha Day, waits in the “cross over” tunnel backstage before going on to perform in the second act. Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. Royal College of Music, Bitten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London. July 06, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Nominee in People | Street Dance

Dancers (L-R) Zunnur Zhafirah and Faye Stoeser. J’Agura (The Present Of Now), Means Of Engagement present a contemporary dance performance titled “Embellished Abundance”. Creation and composition by Muti Musafiri and Nella Turkki. The performers are young dancers from London, ranging in age from 20 to 28. Organised by the South Bank Youth Club. The dancers are along the Queen’s Walk, South Bank, London, United Kingdom. August 28, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using a Leica M Monochrom (M246) and Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH (FLE) lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Nominee in People | Street Dancers

Dancer Zunnur Zhafirah (foreground). J’Agura (The Present Of Now), Means Of Engagement present a contemporary dance performance titled “Embellished Abundance”. Creation and composition by Muti Musafiri and Nella Turkki. The performers are young dancers from London, ranging in age from 20 to 28. Organised by the South Bank Youth Club. The dancers are along the Queen’s Walk, South Bank, London, United Kingdom. August 28, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using a Leica M Monochrom (M246) and Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH (FLE) lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

Nominee in People | Warming Up

Albert Herring; an opera by Benjamin Britten

Simon Grange warms up before going on stage for the student auditions for Britten’s Albert Herring. Royal College of Music, Bitten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London. January 20, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 lens, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro

As always, I’m most thankful for those who allow me to immerse myself into their lives and photograph a segment of their being. The exceptionally talented musicians from the Royal College of Music and the amazing dancers on the South Bank; thank you all.

A spokesperson for the awards notes “7,556 entries were received from 71 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall.”

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including
National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA,
Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels;
Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography;
Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney.