A Room With A View: The Ronald Grant Archive and The Cinema Museum

by Julian Jackson Tucked away in an obscure corner of South London is a researcher’s treasure: The Ronald Grant Archive and The Cinema Museum. For film lovers like myself, going there is like falling into a crazy Aladdin’s cave stuffed full of film memorabilia and equipment. Ronald Grant started the archive in 1973 and continues …


footageMarketplace – A Report From Across The Pond

by Julian Jackson footageMarketplace is a zesty expo held in London at the HQ of BAFTA. It’s similar to events held by Visual Connections, in that footage agencies and industry technology suppliers exhibit, while visitors network, meet old friends, and attend seminars. Last week’s event was the eighth, run annually by Robert Prior, who publishes …


From Across the Pond – Pictaday

by Julian Jackson Pictaday is a German expo similar to Visual Connections. It takes place every year, alternating between Hamburg and Munich. This year it was at the Panoramadeck on top of the Emporio Tower in Hamburg, with a fine view of the city and harbour on a grey day. I went along to meet …


Homer Sykes – British Customs and US Street Photography

by Julian Jackson Homer Sykes started as a photographer by grabbing his father’s camera and shooting in the backstreets of Nice in France, where they were holidaying in the 1960s. Streetlife and cultures of the UK have remained a major feature of his work. He is almost an anthropologist who instead of studying distant cultures, …


Simon Marsden – Spectral Visionary

by Julian Jackson Photographer Simon Marsden was haunted by ghosts. His father told him terrifying tales as a boy. His favourites were M.R. James and Arthur Machen, whose stories of the supernatural chimed with the young lad. “In later years I was to discover the works of Edgar Allan Poe, whose dark tales of decaying …


Tracking Down the Copyright Infringers

Image theft seems to grow and expand. Here, we find out what options are available for recourse and hear of success in protecting one’s copyright. Guest post by Julian Jackson. David Hoffman is a UK photographer, and a bulldog who chases copyright infringers. While I was on the phone, interviewing him for this article, a British …


Lee Miller – From Art to Destruction and Back Again

Who was Lee Miller? Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1907, Lee Miller was an amazing woman who led an incredible life, then drifted into obscurity: a 1920’s supermodel, she gave it up to go to Paris and work with Man Ray, becoming a surrealist photographer in her own right. Returning to New York to …


From an African Viewpoint – Africa Media Online

By Julian Jackson Africa Media Online is a South Africa-based picture agency, which showcases historical material and contemporary photojournalism, covering the whole of the African continent with photographers who are on-the-spot with specialist knowledge of their area. Robyn Keet, Client Manager with AMO, says, “This focus means that superior coverage can be obtained with expediency, …


footageMarketplace Pulls in the Professionals

by Julian Jackson footageMarketplace, the London event aimed at the footage industry is now in its 6th year. Always held in the prestigious HQ of BAFTA in central London, it is similar to US expos staged by Visual Connections, albeit with more emphasis on footage – although increasingly stills collections supply motion material too now. …


Mobile Photography Blurs the Line

Our correspondent from across the pond, Julian Jackson, has been thinking about mobile phone photography. Serendipitous in view of the upcoming Panel session on all things Social Media at Visual Connections Chicago! Mobile photography has taken off. This year Shutterstock has had a 40% increase in submissions of images taken with phones or tablets. iPhonography …