Two Days To Go! MSF Fundraiser

Our fundraising print auction, almost eight months in the making, ends this Sunday, November 15th at 5pm. The auction is open now for bids, so please swing by, look at the amazing selection of prints, make an investment and literally, help to save lives.

What challenging times we’re living in. Most of the world is sadly gripped by a second wave of this awful pandemic. At least the environment is definitely benefitting from these lockdowns as we all become Zoom experts though.

Sadly the timing of our MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders) fundraising auction couldn’t be more appropriate. Every penny we raise will go directly to the organisation and help their stellar work across 70 countries, battling this pandemic.

From purely an investment point of view, not surprisingly, spending has been lower for so many people during the past nine months and I think that’s probably going to be reflected in the bidding in our auction, which could end with some bargains to be had. Of course every penny raised will still help MSF and benefit all those whose aid they come to.

Some thoughts and advice from TV auctioneer extraordinaire James Lewis on collecting photography.

James has kindly been a big supporter of this auction and donated his time. Bamford Auctions and The Saleroom have also waived their fees too, so all of this project is about MSF. So do swing by, have a look, collect some great photography and help make an immediate and crucial difference: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/timed/bamfords/catalogue-id-bamfor10698

15th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Successes

An Honourable Mention & Seven Nominations

Happy to share some pleasant news from the 15th B&W Spider Awards. The judges have kindly given a Fashion Category Honourable Mention to my backstage photograph, taken at Joshua Kane‘s fantastically creative Mythical Creatures fashion show.

Honourable Mention in Fashion. Model Seraphina Westcott gets makeup applied for her role as “The Pegasus”. Behind the scenes at Mythical Creatures, a fashion show by British designer Joshua Kane. Wardrobe, hair and makeup. The Royal Exchange, London, UK. November 08, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and a Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens.

From the 6,378 entries, from 69 countries, these seven images were also nominated in their categories too.

Nominee in People. Italian Alpine (Mountain Troop) soldiers at the top of Kronplatz mountain. Plan de Corones, South Tyrolean Mountains and Dolomites, Italy. July 20, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Photojournalism. Wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial khachkar (a carved Armenian Stone Cross memorial sculpture) took place after a remembrance service and prayer of intercession, to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of April 24th, 1915, when 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Empire. A member of the clergy swings a censer (a type of thurible) of incense. The usual wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph, attended by hundreds, was cancelled this year due to the COVID 19 lockdown and instead took place on church grounds. St. Yeghiche Armenian Church, Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, UK. April 24, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f4.0 lens.
Nominee in People. (L-R) Rebekah Jones (as The Grand Duchess) and Jessica Cale (as Susan) getting ready in the dressing room. Bernstein and Berkeley Double Bill by the Royal College of Music Opera Studio. Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, UK. July 01, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix G9 and Leica DG 10-25mm Vario-Summilux lens.
Nominee in Portrait. Eunsley Park, award-winning British, South Korean violinist, with a Lorenzo Storioni violin, from the 1800s (from the Beare’s International Violin Society). Walkway by a construction site, Ealing, London, UK. July 29, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Portrait. Fashion designer and independent British luxury brand, Joshua Kane, in his flagship store at 68 Great Portland Street, London, UK. July 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8.
Nominee in Sport. The horses are cooled down with water after the match. King Power Gold Cup polo match between Emlor and Murus Sanctus. Cowdray Park Polo Club, Ambersham & Brooks Field Grounds, Selham, West Sussex. July 10, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Sport. Members of Team GB Fencing and other athletes training at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre, 19 Garrick Industrial Centre, Irving Way, London, UK. November 05, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens.

All the photographs were naturally shot in raw format. These Lumix RW2 files (from the S1, S1R and G9) were then edited, captioned and processed in Adobe Lightroom. The monochrome conversions were then finished in Exposure Software‘s Exposure X5.

8 Day To Go! Help Us, Help MSF

Eyewitness MSF Fundraising Photographic Print Auction

We, at Eyewitness have organised a print auction of 66 prints by 42 photographers worldwide, to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières’s (MSF) coronavirus crisis appeal.

Eyewitness MSF Charity Photographic Print Auction Audio Slideshow from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

To see the catalogue of all the images, please visit Bamfords Auctions.

Photographers featured (in order) are: Shane Balkowitsch (USA), Fabrizia Costa (UK), Steven Neeson (UK), Paul Lowe (UK), Ian Berry (UK), Tom Stoddart (UK), John Downing (UK), Crispin Rodwell (Rep of Ireland), Tim Page (Australia), Yoshie Nishikawa (Italy/Japan), Mark Harrison (UK), Jason Bell (UK/USA), Clive Arrowsmith (UK), Rob Heyman (Australia), Edmond Terakopian (UK), Johnson Wee (Malaysia), Stuart Wood (UK), Ross Grieve (UK), Paul Sanders (UK) and Greg Finck (France). 

Eyewitness MSF Charity Photographic Print Auction

MSF’s Coronavirus Crisis Appeal

After seven months of work, I’m thrilled, excited, nervous and overjoyed to share a project that our team at Eyewitness have been working on.

It’s an online print auction with the wonderful folks at Bamfords and the amazing James Lewis, of 66 photographic prints by 42 photographers worldwide, to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières’s COVID 19 fund.

People out for a Sunday stroll sit and enjoy the view of the bay with its yachts and the town perched on the hillsides. Whitby, Yorkshire, UK. 1974. Photo: Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

The auction is on now and will be ending on Sunday 15th November 2020 at 05:00PM (GMT). You can see the auction lots here: https://www.bamfords-auctions.co.uk/sales/derby/c14nov20/

Whilst in the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, a concerned group of 17 photographers, members of the Eyewitness Collective, dispersed across several continents, came up with an idea: to collect a series of prints by members and by selected invited photographers, in order to raise funds for the battle against this awful pandemic. We have been overjoyed by the feedback and thrilled that so many world-class photographers, true masters of their craft, have donated their beautiful prints. 

9th Division Trooper, ‘Y’ Bridge, Mini Tet, Saigon, Vietnam, 1968. Photo: Tim Page

As numbers of infections and deaths due to COVID 19 are sadly on the rise again and lockdowns are imminent, it’s very timely to make this project a reality, so we ask our friends and colleagues in the media to help this cause. 

As an international group, we couldn’t have chosen a more important, dynamic and crucial group of people as the teams at MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders). The organisation is working across the world, to counter COVID 19. With nearly 50 years of experience fighting epidemics, protecting the most vulnerable and saving countless lives, we are humbled to do our part in helping MSF.  We ask you to join us in turning our hopes into reality and make a difference in the lives of so many.

“MSF would like to say a huge thank you to the Eyewitness Collective for choosing to support our COVID-19 response. MSF is currently racing to respond to the pandemic in over 70 countries, and funds raised by the Eyewitness Collective will undoubtedly help us to achieve our vital priorities. These include supporting health systems and authorities, protecting vulnerable populations through vital medical services, improving infection prevention and control measures, and even opening new projects” – Meera Patel, Community and Corporate Giving Coordinator, MSF UK.

I’m humbled to have my two donated prints in the company of an image by Magnum Photos’ legendary photographer Ian Berry from his iconic series The English, an image by the renowned Vietnam War photographer Tim Page, an image by the celebrated photojournalist Tom Stoddart from The Sudan, the fall of the Berlin Wall by the prominent photojournalist Paul Lowe, timeless fine art prints by the creative Yoshie Nishikawa, as well as several celebrity portraits by the likes of Mark Harrison, Jason Bell, Nicky Johnston and Clive Arrowsmith, to name just a few. 

A rare moment of joy between siblings at Ajiep, in Bahr El Ghazal Province , south Sudan during the devastating famine of 1998. Photo: Tom Stoddart

The vast majority of the participating photographers are multi award-winning creatives, whose recognisable works grace the walls of galleries and private collections, the pages of magazines and books, the world over. The collection of prints cover fine art, photojournalism, music, street photography, portraiture, abstracts, landscape and daily life. We also have a couple of timely images made during this pandemic.

“The art of photography has been the choice for the wise investor for the past decade. It is a great honour to team up with some of the world’s greatest photographers to help the world face its biggest challenge in over a century” – James Lewis, CEO of Bamfords, is a regular face and voice on TV and radio.

Auctioneer James Lewis, CEO of Bamfords, is a regular face and voice on television and radio; he is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. Photo: Stuart Wood

We’re thrilled to embark on this project and collaborate with the well-loved TV auctioneer extraordinaire, the wonderful James Lewis, who will be spearheading this online auction. He has generously donated his time and expertise, so that all of the money raised from this print auction can be donated to the MSF COVID 19 appeal, funding their emergency teams of experts as they help save lives. We’re most thankful that, as well as working tirelessly for many weeks preparing the sale, the wonderful team at the auction house Bamfords, have waived all auction fees, as have the kind folks at The Saleroom, which will provide the online platform for this auction, for free. This collaboration will ensure that the funds raised will go to MSF.

“GraphiStudio is thrilled to be doing its part in the photographic community and helping the Eyewitness Collective with their charity fundraising print auction to help raise funds for MSF’s COVID 19 fund” – Dario Righetto, GraphiStudio Global Marketing Director 

We’re also most thankful to our friends at the world renowned GraphiStudio who will be making several of the museum quality prints of these wonderful images and are supporting our initiative by waiving all of their fees too. 

A couple laugh together on the West side of the Berlin Wall as the first people began crossing into the other half of the city. Berlin, Germany. 1989. Photo: Paul Lowe

Full List of Photographers Who Have Donated Their Work

Amelia Troubridge (UK), Brian Harris (UK), Clive Arrowsmith (UK), Crispin Rodwell (Rep of Ireland), Dave Sinclair (UK), David A Williams (Canada), Edmond Terakopian (UK), Fabrizia Costa (UK), Giles Duley (UK), Greg Finck (France), Ian Berry (UK), Ian Gavan (UK), Jason Bell (UK), Jill Furmanovsky (UK), Johnson Wee (Malaysia), John Downing (UK), Marcus Bell (Australia), Mark Harrison (UK), Mark Waugh (UK), Markus Andersen (Australia), Michael Mac Sweeney (Rep of Ireland), Nick Turpin (UK), Nicky Johnston (UK), Nik Pekridis (Greece), Paul Lowe (UK), Paul Sanders (UK), Peter Adams (Australia), Peter Neill (UK), Richard Bradbury (UK), Rob Heyman (Australia), Rob Taggart (UK), Rocco Ancora (Australia), Ross Grieve (UK), Salvatore Dimino (Italy), Shane Balkowitsch (USA), Steve Scalone (Australia), Steven Neeson (UK), Stuart Wood (UK), Terry Harris (UK), Tim Page (Australia), Tom Stoddart (UK) and Yoshie Nishikawa (Italy).

My Metaphysical 3 I photographed these invisible feelings of mine. The melancholy of existence and the absence of time. Photo: Yoshie Nishikawa

As numbers of infections and deaths due to COVID 19 are sadly on the rise again and more lockdowns are imminent, it’s very timely to make this project a reality, so we ask our friends and colleagues and all lovers of photography to help us publicise this project far and wide. The more we raise, the more people will survive this horrid pandemic, which affects us all, regardless of geography. 

Deserted London town following the COVID 19 pandemic and the first month of the coronavirus lockdown. The deserted courtyard in the famous Covent Garden Apple Market. London, UK. April 23, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying “Love Your Job”. Hammersmith, London. January 14, 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

So please visit the auction, register and place a bid or two on some wonderful photography: https://www.bamfords-auctions.co.uk/sales/derby/c14nov20/

A small selection of the 66 images can be viewed in the gallery below.

The Photography Show 2020

Wonderful to see the UK’s biggest show on photography persevere through having to be cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic and return in this COVID 19 friendly, virtual form.

https://www.photographyshow.com/welcome

The Photography Show will be on this coming Sunday and Monday, September 20th and 21st. So, get some of your favourite snacks and drinks in stock, plump up the cushions on your favourite chair, fire up your computer or smart device and settle in to all things photographic.

Registration is free, so visit The Photography Show and register. There are a host of talks by some very talented friends and colleagues, as well as talks by the various camera and other equipment manufacturers.

21-Sep-2020 16:45– 17:15. Shooting an international campaign

I’m delighted to be presenting on one of the Main Stages this year. My presentation will be on “Shooting an international campaign“, on the Connect stage. I was thrilled to have been commissioned by Panasonic Lumix Japan to shoot the international launch campaign for the yet unannounced Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens. During my talk I’ll be sharing various aspects of how I prepared for and worked on the campaign, sharing my images as well as a behind the scenes video of me shooting one aspect of the project. I’m most thankful that Lumix UK have supported my presentations and will be hosting a live Q&A shortly afterwards.

A full list of Lumix related talks and sessions can be seen on the Lumix Experience website. You will also find a link to the Microsoft Meetings for my Q&A session.

21-Sep-2020 12:20– 12:50. Eyewitness: A global movement to preserve memory through the printed image

https://www.eye-witness.org

I’ll also be one of the photographers from the Eyewitness collective who will be part of a panel talk about the importance of having prints and why we’ve joined together as a global collective of concerned photographers, sharing our thoughts about the physical manifestation of the image and why we feel it’s crucial for us as individuals, as a society and also us as photographers; professional and enthusiast.

10 Million Visits To My Flickr!

Wow! These are numbers that very few photographers would ever dream of, pre-internet. I was stunned when I looked at my Flickr statistics to see that over 10 Million had visited my Flickr.

My published images from important news stories, especially in the major newspapers or magazines would would have surpass this number, but before the internet, I doubt many photographers would ever have had so many look through their portfolios of images. Flickr has been around for a while and set the standard for a great place to see a variety of photography, covering many genres, geographies and levels of ability.

I’ve found Flickr to be a great platform to use. As much as I love Instagram, Flickr is a totally different environment, where photography is consumed in a more considered way, with more depth and visual intelligence. Its a place where photography is less disposable, but studied and enjoyed with more consideration.

Many thanks for all who have taken time to flick through my images, commented and shown interest. Its been much appreciated.

If you’ve not had a look through Flickr, I definitely recommend you spend some time having a look through, search groups for your favoured types of imagery or imagery made with specific equipment. Finally, would definitely suggest you consider opening an account too.