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2014 AOP Photographers Awards

Finalist In Open Awards

2014 AOP Photographers Awards. Photographer Edmond Terakopian by his portrait of Andrea Feczko which was a finalist in the Open Award. Islington Business Design Centre, London. December 11, 2014. Photo: Nathan Wake

2014 AOP Photographers Awards. Photographer Edmond Terakopian by his portrait of Andrea Feczko which was a finalist in the Open Award. Islington Business Design Centre, London. December 11, 2014. Photo: Nathan Wake

Delighted to share that my portrait of Andrea Feczko is a finalist in the 2014 AOP Photographers Awards. Many congratulations to all the winners of the awards. Walking through the exhibition last night, it was great to see such an extremely high standard of photography; creativity at it’s best. You can look through the winners over HERE.

The image was shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens as part of the wider body of work, LA Diary.

2014 AOP Photographers Awards. Portrait of Andrea Feczko by Edmond Terakopian, which was a finalist in the Open Award. Islington Business Design Centre, London. December 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

2014 AOP Photographers Awards. Portrait of Andrea Feczko by Edmond Terakopian, which was a finalist in the Open Award. Islington Business Design Centre, London. December 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator - www.andreafeczko.com), at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator – http://www.andreafeczko.com), at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014

Commended In LPOTY 2014

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I’m absolutely thrilled to share that one of my images has been commended by the judges of the Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014 (LPOTY) for the Urban View category and will be featured in the exhibition as well as the book. The exhibition will be on the Mezzanine at London’s Waterloo station and will open on the 1st of December 2014 and carry on to the 31st of January 2015.

The sun sets over the steps leading to theTurner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent. April 15, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The sun sets over the steps leading to theTurner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent. April 15, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The image was shot in Margate using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. No filters were used and the RAW file was processed in Apple’s Aperture.

You can see the stunning winning images HERE and see a list of all the winners HERE.

The AMAHORO Generation

the youth of Rwanda talk peace

Orphan at the age of 1 month when both her parents were butchered during the genocide, Miraculously Germaine Mukagasana survived because a neighbor rescued her. She recentlyattended a beauty school sponsored by International Alert but now finds it difficult to secure employment because she does not have the funds for an internship, a common custom for graduates.  Perched on her bed tented by mosquito netting she shines with optimism. She said: “Peace means happiness” Kimironko, Rwanda, May 26, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey

Orphan at the age of 1 month when both her parents were butchered during the genocide, Miraculously Germaine Mukagasana survived because a neighbor rescued her. She recentlyattended a beauty school sponsored by International Alert but now finds it difficult to secure employment because she does not have the funds for an internship, a common custom for graduates. Perched on her bed tented by mosquito netting she shines with optimism. She said: “Peace means happiness” Kimironko, Rwanda, May 26, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey

Savagery took over the mind, they went out hunting as kindred spirits, they became a ferocious barbaric species. They were the Interahamwe, the infamous killers of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. They were also the youth of the nation.

The Ntarama Church is the site where some of the most brutal killings of the 1994 Rwandan genocide took place. The church at Ntarama was seen as a safe place by almost 5000 people, many of whom were women and children and who went there for sanctuary. But Ntarama was not a safe place. The victims of the genocide remain there, their bones still strewn with lifeless chaos where they fell over 20 years ago. Their belongings cover the floor; clothes, suitcases, a child's white sock - the last remnants of a desperate flight for life. Ntarama Memorial Church, Ntarama, Rwanda,  June 1, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey.

The Ntarama Church is the site where some of the most brutal killings of the 1994 Rwandan genocide took place. The church at Ntarama was seen as a safe place by almost 5000 people, many of whom were women and children and who went there for sanctuary. But Ntarama was not a safe place. The victims of the genocide remain there, their bones still strewn with lifeless chaos where they fell over 20 years ago. Their belongings cover the floor; clothes, suitcases, a child’s white sock – the last remnants of a desperate flight for life. Ntarama Memorial Church, Ntarama, Rwanda, June 1, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey.

Two decades on victim and perpetrator are still coping with the aftermath of the 100 days the world chose to ignore.

Portrait of Jeanne Unutomi, student at the STAR Secondary School, 20 years old, defining Amahoro, Peace. Masaka, Rwanda, June 6, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey.

Portrait of Jeanne Unutomi, student at the STAR Secondary School, 20 years old, defining Amahoro, Peace. Masaka, Rwanda, June 6, 2014. Photo: Carol Allen-Storey.

Born during the genocide era, Rwandan’s youth speak of their aspirations, their hope for peace in the aftermath of a brutal war that fractured their nation. They are the generation that wants to be acknowledged as Rwandese, united in purpose, eliminating historical tribal labels of Hutu and Tutsi. They want their legacy to be known as the Amahoro generation, the peace brokers; where the youth of their parent’s generation were the brutal warriors.

The Kigali School in Nyanga, a remote region in Rwanda was formed less than a year ago and boasts more than 50 members. Gathered together the students dialogue about the causes of the genocide,and the importance of creating a mind-set of being a united nation, not a divided tribe which fueled the hatred between Hutu and Tutsi. There were many definitions of peace but a universal theme stated was: “Peace means respect”. Nyange, Rwanda, May 29 2014. Photo: Carol Allen Storey.

The Kigali School in Nyanga, a remote region in Rwanda was formed less than a year ago and boasts more than 50 members. Gathered together the students dialogue about the causes of the genocide,and the importance of creating a mind-set of being a united nation, not a divided tribe which fueled the hatred between Hutu and Tutsi. There were many definitions of peace but a universal theme stated was: “Peace means respect”. Nyange, Rwanda, May 29 2014. Photo: Carol Allen Storey.

Amahoro, means peace; it is the youth’s anchor to pursue their destiny.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace on 21 September, International Alert present The Amahoro Generation: The youth of Rwanda talk peace.

The exhibition, by award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, documents the stories of young people born amid the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, and their hopes for ‘amahoro’ – peace. It is an ideal rooted in the wisdom that without peace, there is no future. “Peace unifies,” says Angelique, aged 21 from Gatumba. “Without peace, people remain divided.”

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey (pictured) for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey (pictured) for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

“I was struck by the collective view of these young people that they must ensure there is never another genocide – and to do so, learn to forgive and fuel their energy into building a united and prosperous country,” says photographer Carol Allen-Storey.

Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert  and Carol Allen Storey. The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert and Carol Allen Storey. The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The outdoor exhibition, “The Amahoro Generation”, is on display from the 18th of September to the 2nd of October 2014 (now extended to the 2nd of November 2014; see addendum below) on the South Bank in London at The Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walkway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London SE1 9PP and is free to attend.

Addendum: Some fantastic news; the Amahoro exhibition has been extended for anther 4 weeks. The South Bank have said that responses have been phenomanal and they requested an extended run. The exhibition has been moved in the court yard between OXO Tower and the Barge House and is on until the 2nd of November 2014.

Earlier this year, Carol spent a month in Rwanda, travelling across the country with her Canon 5D MkII cameras documenting the commemoration and interviewing the youth. The exhibition was printed by built by Standard8, designed by Stuart Smith and post produced by Edmond Terakopian.

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Amahoro Generation by Carol Allen Storey for International Alert. The outdoor exhibition is at the Bernie Spain Gardens, Riverside Walksway (by Oxo Tower Wharf), South Bank, London. September 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Photography Show 2014

Hope To See You There!

I’m pleased to say that I’ll be at The Photography Show from March the 1st to the 4th, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. I’ll be there in two roles; giving talks at the Olympus stand and also working with my friends at Snapperstuff, showcasing the bags I use and generally chatting about photography.

Olympus

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator - www.andreafeczko.com), is photographed by Edmond Terakopian with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens (pictured) whilst applying makeup at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator – http://www.andreafeczko.com), is photographed by Edmond Terakopian with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens (pictured) whilst applying makeup at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I shall be giving talks at the Olympus stand (G30, Hall 2) in their purpose built seminar room. Places are limited for each talk, and although the talks are free, make sure you stop buy and collect a ticket to reserve a place. I’ll be sharing my experience with the OM-D E-M1 and the new super sharp Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens (along with the Olympus 14-40mm f2.8PRO and 45mm f1.8), on a recent trip to Los Angeles and sharing pictures and video of my reportage during the trip.

I shall be showing a lot of images that’ll be shown for the first time at the show, along with a multimedia video combining photographs and video (all shot on the E-M1) along with audio; this will also be the first time this is shown. It’s going to be a visual delight! Come and see the LA Diary!

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. www.andreafeczko.com), plays volleyball on Venice Beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. http://www.andreafeczko.com), plays volleyball on Venice Beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Here’s the full Olympus seminar lineup.

I shall be giving my talks on the following days:

Saturday 1st March 2014 at 11am

Monday 3rd March 2014 at 11am

Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 2.45pm

There will be a Q&A ager each talk, so it’ll be a nice opportunity for a chat about the work and the kit.

Snapperstuff

Edmond Terakopian with two Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 bags (spreading the weight). Venice, Italy. December 2011. Photo: Jim Grover

Edmond Terakopian with two Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 bags (spreading the weight). Venice, Italy. December 2011. Photo: Jim Grover

I shall be at the Snapperstuff stands (H60 and J60, which are opposite each other in Hall 12) the rest of the time, showing and talking about my favourite bags from Think Tank Photo. I’ve been using these bags for well over seven years now and have taken them on assignment all over the world. If you have any questions about the range, or just want to talk photography or gear, pop by.

Members of the Snapperstuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest.  December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

Members of the Snapperstuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest. December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

We’ll also have some great stuff from FLM, Green Clean, Lightech, LumiQuest and Peak Design, so can show you equipment for your tripod, sensor cleaning, lighting and camera strap needs. What’s more, the majority of the team are professional photographers, covering press, social, portrait, wedding, underwater areas of expertise, so you know you’ll be chatting with people who know their stuff; Snapperstuff! Lastly, we’ll have some lovely prints up of our work, so there will some photography to see too.

The Press Photographers’ Year 2013

Private View & Awards Ceremony

Press Photographers' Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London.  July 15, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

Press Photographers’ Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London. July 15, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

Yesterday evening saw the private view of the Press Photographers’ Year exhibition at the National Theatre in London’s South Bank. It is a must see exhibition, highlighting the very best of press photography over the last two years, with walls of images that bring thought, sorrow, laughter and reflection. I really cannot recommend this exhibition highly enough. It’s on until August 31st, 2013, so do pass the word around and pop by.

Edmond Terakopian is presented with a Highly Commended certificate (multimedia) for his short film on the RNOH by Ian Wright, Director of Communications at Diageo. Press Photographers' Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London.  July 15, 2013. Photo: Peter Bishop / 2013

Edmond Terakopian is presented with a Highly Commended certificate (multimedia) for his short film on the RNOH by Ian Wright, Director of Communications at Diageo. Press Photographers’ Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London. July 15, 2013. Photo: Peter Bishop / 2013

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am thrilled to have received a Highly Commended award for a film I shot on the RNOH, produced and co-edited by Neil Patience and assisted by Nicola Taylor. I do hope that you can visit the RNOH Charity page and help their funding appeal.

Press Photographers' Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London.  Edmond Terakopian with a Highly Commended certificate for his RNOH film, standing by his chosen image for the exhibition, Love Your Job.  July 15, 2013. Photo: © / 2013

Press Photographers’ Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London. Edmond Terakopian with a Highly Commended certificate for his RNOH film, standing by his chosen image for the exhibition, Love Your Job. July 15, 2013. Photo: © / 2013

The evening also saw the prize giving, during which some of the top names in the business of press work received certificates and prizes donated by the sponsor of the awards, Diageo. Great to see so many talented colleagues having their work recognised in this way. It was also great to see so many colleagues and friends from companies such as Canon, Pixel Rights and Fixation that back good photography attending the private view.

Also thrilled that my image, Love Your Job, was chosen for the exhibition.

Press Photographers' Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London.  July 15, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

Press Photographers’ Year (PPY) exhibition private view and award ceremony, National Theatre, South Bank, London. July 15, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

The award winning RNOH film can be viewed below. Shot on Canon 5D MkII cameras and Canon lenses. The black and white reportage imagery was shot on Leica M cameras and lenses. The photography was processed in Apple’s Aperture and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and the entire multimedia piece was edited using FCP X. 

Fleet Street Photo Exhibition

50 Press Photographs at “The Fleet Street Press” Coffee and Tea House

Authentic Fleets Street Photograph

Fleet Street is synonymous with British Newspapers – the “press”. Even though the last newspaper left the street over 20 years ago, the industry is still referred to as “Fleet Street” and as such, the street has a special symbolism for press photographers and journalists alike.

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at "The Fleet Street Press" Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at “The Fleet Street Press” Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

The exhibition is a collection of work from press photographers working for the national papers, international wire agencies and local papers around the country. It’s an insight into the world of press photography, covering wars, politics, features, portraits, disasters, press conferences and sports.

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at "The Fleet Street Press" Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at “The Fleet Street Press” Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

Images that are hard hitting, thought provoking or quirky; you’ll find the full gamut. We are not the paparazzi and as such, you won’t find any of that genre of image here. We are where the news is; we find the truth, we witness history and we are the eyes of the British public who rely on us to bring the news.

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at "The Fleet Street Press" Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

Setting up the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition at “The Fleet Street Press” Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. April 21, 2013. Photo: ©Jonathan Buckmaster

On a personal level, it’s with great pleasure that I share the news that two of my images have been selected to be exhibited in the Fleet Street Photo Exhibition:

Poo And The Band. Winnie The Poo lines up with the band in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace for the children's party. June 25, 2006. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Poo And The Band. Winnie The Poo lines up with the band in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace for the children’s party. June 25, 2006. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Love Your Job. A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians and a businessman, as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying "Love Your Job". Hammersmith, London. January 14, 2011. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Love Your Job. A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians and a businessman, as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying “Love Your Job”. Hammersmith, London. January 14, 2011. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday, April 22nd, 2013 and is going to be a long term, evolving exhibition of work by press photographers. The images on display will be for sale. Each of the 50 photos is 40cmx30cm (A3’ish, including border) and printed on fibre based Baryta paper. Each sale will be printed to order and posted to the buyer within 7-10 working days. Each image is £150 and will be embossed with the Fleet Street Photograph logo. It’s a great opportunity to buy some great images at a great price.

Venue Details

“The Fleet Street Press” Coffee and Tea House, 3 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AU, London. Opening times are 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. You can follow The Fleet Street Press on Twitter and on their FaceBook page.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

The Unspoilt Planet

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

In 2004, Sebastião began the Genesis project, aimed at presenting the unblemished face of nature and humanity. Genesis consists of a series of landscape and wildlife photographs, as well as photographs of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures, shot across 32 countries, over an eight year period. This body of work was conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature.

World premiere of Sebastiao Salgado's Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

World premiere of Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Sebastião Salgado’s photographic exhibition Genesis is unveiled for its world premiere at the Natural History Museum on Thursday 11 April (and will run until September 8th, 2013). Edited, designed and curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition includes 200 epic black-and-white photographs that celebrate the majesty of nature and examine the balance of human relationships with our fragile planet.

World premiere of Sebastião Salgado's Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

World premiere of Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Accompanying the exhibition is an equally amazing book published by Taschen. For the collector, there are bigger, limited edition volumes, with photographic prints.

Since elephants are hunted by poachers in Zambia, they are scared of humans and vehicles. Alarmed when they see an approaching car, they usually run quickly into the bush.  Kafue National Park. Zambia. July and August 2010. Photo: © Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images/nbpictures

Since elephants are hunted by poachers in Zambia, they are scared of humans and vehicles. Alarmed when they see an approaching car, they usually run quickly into the bush. Kafue National Park. Zambia. July and August 2010. Photo: © Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images/nbpictures

Speaking about the exhibition, Sebastião Salgado commented, ‘Genesis is about beginnings. It is about the unspoiled planet, the most pristine parts, and a way of life that is traditional and in harmony with nature. I wanted to present places that were untouched and remain so to this day.

World premiere of Sebastião Salgado's Genesis Exhibition, Natural History Museum, London. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

World premiere of Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis Exhibition, Natural History Museum, London. April 09, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I want people to see our planet in another way, to feel moved and be brought closer to it. I want them to become more conscious of the environment, to feel respect for nature because this is something that is relevant to everyone.’

Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Channel.  At sea level, earlier flotation levels are clearly visible where the ice has been polished by the ocean’s constant movement. High above, a shape resembling a castle tower has been carved by wind erosion and detached pieces of ice.  The Antarctic Peninsula. January and February 2005. Photo: © Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images/nbpictures

Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Channel. At sea level, earlier flotation levels are clearly visible where the ice has been polished by the ocean’s constant movement. High above, a shape resembling a castle tower has been carved by wind erosion and detached pieces of ice. The Antarctic Peninsula. January and February 2005. Photo: © Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images/nbpictures

Sebastião Salgado was a driving force behind me taking up photography as a career. When I first saw his image, often referred to as “the crucifix” from the open gold mine in Brazil, I was totally stunned; my mind and eyes were opened like never before, as I discovered a new way of seeing and an epic way of using a camera to convey a story. Personally I have never looked back. They say, one should never meet one’s heroes as disappointment is guaranteed. I’m thankful to say that when I met Sebastião Salgado and his wife, curator and editor Lélia Wanick Salgado at their book signing in Taschen’s London store, it was a special moment. Genuinely lovely, passionate and talented with absolute modesty and elegance. My career has always been inspired by the work and now I’m glad to say that it continues to be inspired by the person too.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing.   Photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing. Photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

As a press launch (just like a private view) is never the best time to see an exhibition; one’s always busy working. From the parts of the exhibition I did manage to see, I cannot recommend this exhibition highly enough. I foresee that I’ll be visiting it several times over the coming weeks and months. It should be on everyone’s “to do” list. It is quite literally awesome. I also cannot recommend the book highly enough either. It’s an amazing body of work, with an extremely important message. Go see it.

Addendum: I went to see the exhibition and spent several hours wondering around the various rooms, exploring various aspects of the project. It is magnificent. Amazing imagery, amazing prints and very well curated too. One gets really drawn into the images, discovering amazing details and subtleties. Equally, stepping back from some of the images, brings the graphic elements of the composition to play. I cannot recommend this exhibition highly enough. Book your ticket and time slot and visit; it is quite literally awesome.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing.   L-R: Lélia Wanick Salgado (wife, curator & editor of the book) and photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis book signing. L-R: Lélia Wanick Salgado (wife, curator & editor of the book) and photographer Sebastião Salgado. TASCHEN Store London, 12 Duke of York Square, London. April 10, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian