The magazine of the photo-essay
Winter 2023/24 issue
A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine. Fabulous! Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: Damian Bird (born London, 1972) is a photographer, photojournalist and lecturer with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe. He was educated at Canford School and in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism. In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 20 years, Alice. As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan. His first book Seabird was released in November 2017 his latest book is due to be release at the end of 2019.
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He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Daily Mail, Dazed & Confused, The Face, Country Life, Coast and Geographical magazine. He lives in Devon, England with his wife, four children and his five dachshunds: Jessie, Rosie, Ted, Dot and Daffodil.
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Ethan Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: Born in Dorset, England in 2004, Ethan Bird is currently studying for a Batchelor of Arts degree in Photography at the University of Plymouth. Staff photographer for Life Force magazine
Jean-Pierre Gilson
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Jean-Pierre Gilson (born 1948) is a landscape photographer from Compiègne, France. He is recognised as one of the leading European landscape photographers and over the past forty years, more than a hundred exhibitions have been devoted to his work. Gilson is the author of numerous books, including: Les Carmelites (1989); Scotland (1991, 2004 & 2019); Rivages (2006); Ireland (1998); Territoires de France (2002); Claude Monet, Giverny (2013); Somme 1916, (2016).
Peter Spirer
Peter Spirer, Founder of Rugged Entertainment, is an Academy and Emmy Award- Nominated director and producer whose films have been official selections at Sundance Film Festival. Peter has directed over 20 feature films with worldwide distribution on multiple platforms including Rhyme & Reason, BEEF, Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel and Notorious B.I.G. His latest films are The Legend of 420 which explores the legalization of cannabis, Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation an insider’s look into the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team and the first-ever international championship held on sovereign land, and Sacheen, about Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather’s life and that fateful night at the 1973 Oscars.
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Jill Furmanovsky, was born and brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her parents moved to London in 1965 when she was eleven. As a teenager, she became a Beatles fan and often stood outside Abbey Road Studio hoping to catch sight of them. Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney and two school friends taken on a Kodak Instamatic outside of his home in St. John’s Wood. Jill studied textile and then graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design in London. In January 1972, whilst on a two-week block course in photography, she had a lucky break when she was offered a job as in-house photographer for premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre. From then on, she took live shots and features for the music press of the day of the 1970s and 80s, including NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, Smash Hits and The Face. In the 1990s Jill became the main photographer for Oasis. Musicians photographed in her 50-year career include many of the biggest names in rock: Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Jam, Blondie, The Police, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan, Bjork and Oasis are but a few. She also directed a video for Oasis and The Pretenders. Jill's book ‘The Moment: 25 Years of Rock Photography' (1995) is a seminal work in the genre. ‘Oasis - Was There Then: A Photographic Journey' (1997) followed. The book ‘Oasis at Knebworth’ (2021) was on the Sunday Times best seller list. Jill curated and contributed to Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary book for The Dark Side of the Moon (2023). Jill has won many awards for her music photography including The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award (1992) and 'Woman of the Year' for Music and Related Industries (1988). Jill celebrated her 50th year photographing rock bands professionally in January 2023. She marked this with a highly acclaimed major retrospective exhibition ‘Photographing the Invisible’ that was seen by thousands of people at Manchester Central Library. A documentary about her remarkable archive, ‘The Invisible Photographer’ has a provisional release date of Spring 2024. Jill Furmanovsky is the founder of the rock photography collective that is celebrating its 25th year in 2023.
Jill Furmanovsky
Henry Horenstein
Henry Horenstein has been a photographer, filmmaker, teacher and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and with legendary British historian E.P. Thompson. He earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with legends Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Henry’s work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 35 books. In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners and Blitto Underground. He is in production on Everyone Is Someone, a film about Cajun Louisiana. He teaches at RISDand lives in Boston. “From stock car racing to country music stars,this US photographer is one ofthe great documenters of Americana” Guardian (UK)