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Vive la film!

It’s a good time to be a film photographer. A few weeks ago, Kodak announced they’re bringing Ektachrome back from the grave and are looking into doing the same with Kodachrome. Then we have a brand new black & white ISO 400 film from Bergger, which uses both silver bromide and iodide for extra dynamic range and is available in lots of different formats.

I like film photography, and still keep a handful of film cameras on the go.

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Dr Sophie Read

I’ve been photographing female fellows at Christ’s College, Cambridge, for a couple of years now, and Dr Sophie Read was my last commission in the series. It’s been a massive honour to shoot this set of pictures – fascinating people in wonderful surroundings. What’s not to like?

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Jess, with dreadlocks

I walked into the studio a couple of weeks ago to find that my colleague had constructed a kind of cubicle from dark background cloth, which he had used to shoot some video for a musician friend. I was pretty intrigued by it (and the way you sound when stood inside it – no echo at all) and really wanted to shoot some gungy looking portraits using it as an alcove.

Chris Walker, photographed for the Times Money section at his home in Cranfield, UK by Ian Farrell.

Portrait of Chris Jones

Last week I was dispatched by The Saturday Times to photograph Chris Jones, a reader who had his personal finances analysed for a feature in the Money section of the paper.

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Lundy Island

One of my favourite places in the world is Lundy island, a 3-mile long lump of granite in the Bristol channel just off the Devon coast. It’s not a place many people have heard of, yet alone visited, but I’ve been fortunate to have been there three times now.

A young girl delivers lunch to women working in the rice fields. Keneba, The Gambia

Farming in The Gambia

Spending a week in a small village in rural Gambia still ranks as my my most enjoyable job as a photographer to date. I was commissioned by the Medical Research Council to photograph the activities that happen in and around one of their field stations, which range from nutritional research to healthcare. 

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The Electric Lights

I love shooting live music, and I don’t get the chance often enough. So when the Electric Lights asked me to bring my camera down to a gig in Cambridge, I was pleased as punch!

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European portraits

The latest portraits in my Europeans project are of Richard, from Austria, and Miha from Slovenia. I photographed them at the Queens College sports ground where they both play football, on a glorious summer evening.