Smithsonian Photo Of The Day

La finta giardiniera

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.

World’s Most Iconic Photographs

Daily Mirror Names 7/7 Photograph As One Of The World’s Most Iconic

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Screen grabs from the Daily Mirror website (www.mirror.co.uk). September 12, 2016. ©Daily Mirror, AP, Edmond Terakopian (accordingly)

Humbled to find that one of the UK’s national newspapers, the Daily Mirror, has included one of my images  in a feature called “What happened to the people pictured in the world’s most iconic photographs”.

The photograph is one from the London bombings on July 7th, 2005.

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Paul Dadge leads Davinia Turrell (now Davinia Douglass) away from Edgware Road tube station after a suicide bomb attack in which she suffered burn injuries, resulting in the need for a face mask. The bomber blew himself up on a train at the station, killing seven passengers – one of four coordinated attacks on London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour. The bombs exploded within 50 seconds of each other on London Underground trains, and the fourth bomb occurred on a bus less than an hour later. The explosions resulted in some 56 deaths (including those of the four bombers) and 700 injuries. Surveillance video footage showed that the four men had been working together. Intelligence services have claimed links between the bombers and al-Qaeda. Edgware Road underground station, London, United Kingdom. July 07, 2005. Copyright Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

 

 

World Photo Day 2016

The 30th Anniversary Of My First SLR; The Start Of My Journey In Photography

Today is World Photo Day. Strangely, I didn’t have any assignments on and didn’t really shoot any pictures. I photographed the full moon as I got home, but the day was one of meetings and not of actual photography.

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A photograph of me at work for the Wembley Observer in 1990. I started my career in 1989 on the Ealing Gazette and moved to the Harrow Observer and Wembley Observer the following year. Shooting with a Canon T90 (my third ever SLR) and Metz 45 flashgun with bounce card. © Photo.

It is however the perfect day to reflect back on my photographic career, and specifically on how it all started. I’d always been interested in taking pictures as a child; I guess I liked the click of the camera and the flash going off! So much so that although our family had a Kodak, my Godfather bought me my own camera for my seventh or eight birthday; a Fuji 110 cartridge point and shoot.

As I got into my teens, I really began taking an interest in photographs and photography. The older brother of a friend of mine was a very keen, advanced and creative amateur photographer. I would often chat with him when visiting, look at his cameras and look at his latest pictures and bombard him with questions about technique, composition, camera gear and so on. He was always very patient and I guess could see my deep interest, so would answer all my silly questions and let me play with his (and his father’s) lovely array of Nikon cameras.

In 1986, as I was approaching my 16th birthday, I had saved up my pocket money and would scour the pages of the Argos catalogue, looking at Zenit and Praktica cameras, day dreaming that one day I would have my own real camera! An SLR that I could manually focus and choose the exposure settings as I wanted them.

I mentioned to my self appointed mentor that I was getting ready to pop to Argos and buy A Zenit or Praktica. He suggested I hold off, asked me how much I had saved and told me he’d get back to me. Unbelievable, he had spent the next few days looking through various magazines and had found a special deal on a Nikon which fitted my meagre savings. We met, my pocket full of my cash, got on the tube and made our way to the Tecno on High Street Kensington. Miraculously they had a special offer on the Nikon EM, with a 50mm Nikon E Series lens, a filter, lens hood and I think camera case too.

So, I bought my first camera. A Nikon no less, all thanks to my mentor, who helped me set up the camera, and answered the inevitable questions which followed my weeks of joyous discovery.

Dearest Vahe, I dedicate this post to you. 30 years ago you took this 15 year old and put him on a path which has brought him joy every since. As a result, I’ve really learned about life, through my lens. Met the most interesting people, experienced extremes of sorrow and joy, creation and destruction, with my camera and helped share the plight of people with millions around the planet. You were my first influence and a huge influence. You showed me creativity. You taught me photography and technique and when you were under no obligation to do so, answered my hundreds of questions and found me my first proper camera.

Thank you so much🙂

Sarah Lee: Photographs

Guardian Photographer Sarah Lee’s Exhibition

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A visitor at the photography exhibition by Sarah Lee of The Guardian. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I attended the opening of Sarah Lee‘s wonderful photography exhibition last night at The Guardian. It’s a wonderful collection of some of the very best in newspaper portraiture and feature photography and I highly recommend a visit.

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A portrait of Sarah Lee of The Guardian at her exhibition’s private view. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Sarah adds, “I have Fiona Shields and Luke Dodd to thank for getting the idea off the ground, and David McCoy has printed it beautifully. They’ve done such a good job it would be lovely if you happen to be free and felt like popping along.”

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L-R The Guardian’s picture editor Fiona Shields and photographer Sarah Lee. Photography exhibition by Sarah Lee of The Guardian. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1. August 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The exhibition is on at The Guardian‘s entrance, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1. It’s open during office hours and on until the first week of September, so hurry to catch it!

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016

I’ve received my customary annual rejection email from the judges of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. However, nice to see the prize is slowly warming up to my work:

“However, I did want to let you know that your photograph(s) did make it through to the second round of judging which included around 346 images. This year we had a total of 4,303 prints submitted into the competition from 1,842 photographers so the competition was very strong.”, Keeley Carter, Exhibitions Manager.

Roll on next year! As is customary, I’d like to share my entry images with you.

For the technically minded, the three backstage colour images were shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras with Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, apart from the backstage shot featuring balloons, which was with a Voigtlander Nokton f0.95 lens. The colour batman portrait was shot on an Olympus PEN E-P5.

The two black and white images were shot on a Leica Monochrom (M246) with Leica lenses.

All editing and processing was done on Adobe Lightroom. The colour images were finished in Alienskin Exposure X and the monochrome images were finished in Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

BBC Interview On Iconic Photography

Live Interview On BBC World News

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Thrilled to have permission from the BBC to share this clip of myself and journalism student Wilton Jackson from the University of Baton Rouge being interviewed on a segment about iconic photography.

The segment was based around the superb photograph from the Baton Rouge protest (July 10th, 2016) by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman.

This clip is being used with full permission of the BBC (Global Planning Editor, BBC News, London). This was a live broadcast on July 21st, 2016.

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