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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!

Staging and Manipulation

How Far Can Photojournalists Go?

Professional Photographer Magazine May 2016

During the Photography Show earlier this year, I was part of a discussion panel for Professional Photography magazine along with my talented friend and colleague Paul Sanders and the talented Elisabeth Blanchet and Martin Middlebrook. It was a fascinating hour long discussion on staging, manipulation, ethics, the press and photojournalism. I’m happy to share that the text from the discussion is featured in the May issue of Professional Photography magazine, over six pages, which is now on sale.

You can get a copy of the May issue, or a subscription to the magazine HERE. Hope you enjoy the read and feel free to carry the discussion on here in the comments section if you wish.

The Soul of Photography

Interview On Armenia’s Civilnet

I had the honour of being interviewed on Armenia’s Civilnet on my career as a photographer.

Commended; Nikon Videographer Of The Year

UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2013

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Huge congratulations to all the winners at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards evening at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. Some truly amazing photography was shown, recognised and appreciated.

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

I’m pleased to say I made the shortlist and was commended in the Nikon Videographer of the Year category for my short documentary film on the Electric Coffee Company in Ealing, west London.

There will be an exhibition of the photographs (sadly not including the short films) at the Museum of London, from today (November 6th) to the 16th of March 2014. For more details please visit their website.

Many thanks to the fabulous Nick Ray for providing some photographs from the evening.

On a technical note, the video was shot using a Leica M (Type 240) and Leica lenses. For more details on the tools used, please see my earlier post on this.

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. 

Peter Macdiarmid

Year in pictures 2011

A superb selection of images, showcasing Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid’s favourite shots from 2011.