The past 2-years have been rewarding and exciting for our Association as we moved away from the challenging times of operating in the pandemic. I would firstly like to compliment the Chair, Kira Zumkley and Committee for staging two excellent and well attended annual conferences in Edinburgh and London. Planned entirely on-line and remotely, our first ‘in person’ opportunities to meet and share ideas and practices since 2019. I should like to thank the Speakers for their excellent presentations and to our sponsors for their continued technical support in the ever changing digital technologies.
The Brian Tremain Bursary Award sponsored three delegates to attend their first conference and receive complimentary membership for a year. Dominique Russell and Sam Day attended the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and Guy Hawes travelled to London and the Barbican Centre.
Portfolio reviews have not, in my view been taken advantage of by members. I think the larger Institutions, Studios and Universities have a greater role to play in encouraging young people, recent graduates, those on work placements or temporary contracts to seriously review their portfolios and build on them as they develop their skills and experience. In my experience of working with those at the start of their photography career I have only ever seen this process as one of encouragement and support.
I should like to thank Kira for her dedicated service as Chair over the past three years, it was a pleasure to support her as President. As we enter a new year we welcome our new Chair, Isidora Bojovic. I look forward to supporting her and the Committee in taking the Association further, developing new ideas and encouraging members to share expertise and skills.
Finally I am honoured and privileged to serve as your President for a further year or until such time as Isidora nominates a new President.
Ken Jackson 25th November 2023
We are sorry to announce that another of our early members has sadly passed away.
Geoff joined The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 1957 from the Science Museum in London. He was the first professional photographer employed by RCAHMS and he was tasked with setting up a new department to provide a photographic service to staff within the organisation.
He carried out photography for the Inventory programme which recorded sites and monuments throughout Scotland on a county by county basis and resulted in a series of publications combining text, plans and, of course, photography. He started with a Gandolfi half-plate camera quickly moving on to a Sinar 5” x 4” and a Hasselblad 500CM outfit.
As demand for photography increased, staff were recruited to carry out various duties including Threatened Buildings (a project run in conjunction with local authorities and The Town and Country Planning Act), aerial photography, copying of architectural plans and drawings and carved stone recording. This carved stone photography used a peripheral lighting technique, pioneered and developed by Geoff who adapted studio lighting techniques for use in the field with portable bulb flash equipment. This technique has been adopted by many photographers and is still used today with electronic flash replacing expendable flash bulbs.
Eventually, Geoff would manage a department of nine photographers and although his admin. duties increased, he was still able to pursue his true passion of taking photographs in the field and in the studio. Something he managed to do right up to his retirement and well beyond.
Geoff was an absolute gentleman who was greatly respected by all of his colleagues and he will be remembered fondly by all of those who worked with him and his photography will remain as a lasting legacy.
Stephen Wallace - who worked alongside Geoff for 15 years.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our long serving members following a short and devastating illness.
Kenny was a highly talented photographer who performed with enthusiasm and dedication to achieve high standards, expected by the institution and clients he served.
He was Head of Photography at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London for more than 20 years delivering a comprehensive photographic service with a small team of dedicated photographers.
During this time and whilst serving on AHFAP Committee he was a member of a UK delegation invited to attend an international conference in Beijing, China.
There he presented a paper on the complex photography of The Spanish Naval Ensign flown at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The logistical process to capture an image of the whole flag, measuring 15metres x 10metres was staged managed by Kenny in conjunction with the Conservation Departments and Technical Service Teams within the NMM. See his paper here in the AHFAP Journal
Number 16 Spring 2006.
His energy and vision for an image was quite exceptional when it came to photographing events and people. He worked with both London Tate Galleries covering major events including Private Views of exhibition openings attended by members of the Royal family and celebrity VIP’s.
Where he really excelled was in his Wedding and Portraiture Photography.
His portfolio of images is outstanding both from a technical quality and of capturing the moment. I had the very great privilege and pleasure of being his ‘Assistant’ on a number of occasions at high profile weddings and at spectacular venues in Kent. Hever Castle was one of his most favourite venues. He explored the whole day to record the Brides very special day.
In 2009 he developed new skills and became a well-respected and experienced swim coach teaching young people and adults to swim both for leisure and fitness and more seriously for competition.
His personal fitness was important to him and he completed many challengesincluding Iron Man Venice in 2020. He was a keen motorcyclist and rode with the Harley Davidson Meridian Chapter Rides from Greenwich annually.
His images will continue to give pleasure and remind us of his enormous talent.
Our thoughts are with his wife Claire Louise Vernon and his son Charlie at this very sad time.
Ken Jackson – Honorary President
Since I became President, we have still all remained in a state of uncertainty following the long period of Covid and the many restrictions it entailed.
The Committee has been meeting virtually throughout the process of planning this year’s Conference, which we are at last able to hold in person. Response to holding the Conference in Edinburgh has been very positive and a full programme over two days is assured.
An important part of our networking, the sharing of skills and of meeting people new to the profession, is through meeting socially. This will be the first time since London 2019 when we will have the chance to be together in one place. I fully expect delegates will make use of the many excellent bars and restaurants in the city to continue the discussions after the close of presentations.
Edinburgh is a vibrant city with much to see and experience, albeit in a short time.
Our annual conference is the opportunity for the Members to put forward and share ideas and attendance at the AGM on Day 1 is the place to be. This is also a time to put yourself forward to contribute to the work of the Committee delivering these events and the other facilities which the Association offers.
Please try to attend and support the Association.
I look forward to meeting old friends and new delegates at the National Museum of Scotland.
FORMAT23 invites diverse and imaginative proposals from photographers, curators, artists and collectives that represent the state of photography as it is today. The selection panel is eager to see your views, imaginations and stories of this world and what will come next; what is important; what has gone unseen and what are we yet to discover? There are no limits.... More information is available on the FORMAT website here
Registration for the second online 2and3D Photography 2022 conference has opened. Join the Rijksmuseum for three successive Tuesdays: 24, 31 May and 7 June 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CEDT) / 9:30 AM to 12:00 AM (EDT).
Seize the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and colleagues from all over the world. Each conference day consists of four presentations and will be followed, after a short break, by a workshop or a roundtable discussion. If you’ve registered for the presentations, you’re free to join the extra sessions as well.
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Looking at the true history of the pandemic, it is remarkable that my presidency has run contemporary with it, almost to the month. Only a superstitious (and arrogant) person might expect it to emulate my departure and so disappear.
It has overshadowed the whole world for the last two years and obviously our association is no exception. What has been endured doesn’t need further description but suffice it to say that it halted everything for a long time and laid many people off work. I am sorry to say that our membership has been significantly depleted by the effects.
I have reported already on how some of our members, drawn from all levels and age-groups, have dealt with the professional predicament of loss, inaction and damage to physical and mental health.
From my correspondence I was much impressed by the resilience and optimism demonstrated, even at the darkest time. Adapting imaginatively to conditions was common to all.
Innovation informed the work of our committee as we adopted the remote technologies and, although we never met in person, we led the way in our field with a successful on-line conference last year, as I am sure will be the case again.
The president’s only official remit is the administration of the bursary in memory of the prominent former member and officer of the association, Brian Tremain, whose family has funded young members to attend conferences. For the last two years no award was made for obvious reasons but I understand that, with the forthcoming programme of portfolio reviews, my successor, Ken Jackson, will take this forward.
Colin Maitland - November 2021
The fifth Historic Photographer of the Year Awards launches for entries on 14th July 2021 and is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world.
Following the great success of last year’s awards, Historic Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems. With varying restrictions in place across the globe, rather than asking entrants to head out and explore, Award organisers are instead seeking entries already captured and are keen to discover the very best images that reside in photographers’ archives.
Judging all entries will be a panel of experts including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, CEO of Niantic Inc and co-founder of Google Earth John Hanke, Director of Regions for Historic England Claudia Kenyatta, VP of Programming at Sky HISTORY Dan Korn, award winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett, author and leading historic digital colourist Marina Amaral, and Chair of The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Kira Zumkley.
This year’s Awards include several specialist categories focusing on crucial periods and regions of history, including the Historic England category and the Where History Happened category in association with Sky HISTORY.
Matt Emmett, crowned overall winner of the 2017 awards and who has since collaborated with Heritage Open Days as an official photographer said: “With photographers combing through their archives, last year saw a fantastic array of entries covering everything from ancient Roman cities to Victorian piers and picturesque medieval churches. We’re now laying down the gauntlet for this year’s Awards to challenge entrants to match and even better those astonishing images. Historic Photographer of the Year shines a light on the history that exists all around us, opening our eyes to the wonders that sit on our doorstep and we want people to tell the story of the these fascinating landmarks through their sensational photography.”
Entries will be judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. By taking part, entrants will get the chance to win an array of prizes including a special behind-the-scenes heritage experience from Historic England.
Official partners for 2021 include History Hit TV, a multi-channel history network led by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow – dedicated to bringing you the most extraordinary, dramatic, important and fascinating stories of our shared past; leading broadcaster Sky HISTORY; the Association For Historical And Fine Art Photography; and Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches to battlefields to parks and pie shops.
For full details and to enter visit: www.historicphotographeroftheyear.com
My tenure as president of this association has only six months more to run and I feel I should revise, in the light of altered circumstances, what I wrote when I took up the post. For the benefit of the curious I retain the biographical details below, but some reflection is needed on our activities over the last eighteen months.
I had hoped to introduce a programme of educational exchange between members and our potential recruits: students at art schools and photographic colleges, and in branches of the cultural heritage sector.
This would have been prudent investment in the future of our profession by the only organisation in a position to offer it. Disappointingly, its development was prevented, almost from the outset, by the effects of something whose name does not need further repetition. Let us hope this ambition can be realised in the future and that it will become a permanent feature of the association’s calendar.
Whatever else we may or may not have done recently, we have all had the opportunity to examine critically what we do. It is worth considering from time to time the aims and principles we espouse, so I noted down on the back of an envelope:
What is the value of AHFAP?
The primary and probably most overlooked feature is that we exist at all, and pretty much uniquely at that. Many people have said to me privately, and it may as well be publicly, how grateful they are to have a club, or forum, in which to discuss and compare professional concerns. Many of us work in isolation and a sense of community is desirable to the point of necessity.
Our gradually increasing membership and its lowering age range is evidence of this, as is the willingness of people, once their arms are twisted, to contribute conference material.
The next most obviously useful feature is the correspondence on JISCmail, which inexplicably drops into my InBox just after midnight. Questions are asked, problems raised and, often enough, answered, solved. There is a free exchange of knowledge. Information is given periodically about conferences, webinars and the like. Jobs are advertised regularly. Equipment is offered for sale and free.
A lot of the above has flourished in the digital age. The website has been developed successfully, thanks originally to former chair Tony Harris, and to Claire Collins and Simon Barnes and now to Claire again and Dave Green too, becoming more lively and friendly. It is certainly a website to be proud of.
The annual conference, in whatever form it may be, is, of course, the association’s mainstay, its apparent raison d’être. Its social function is incalculable but, alas, we are barred from that for the time being. However, I don’t believe any members feel short-changed by what we did last year and it will inform what we do in the future, for the better, I am sure. We are evolving as opposed to ossifying.
A bit about myself
Unlike my predecessors, I have no photographic qualifications but I have survived, even prospered, in this profession. If I were starting out now, I would, quite rightly, get nowhere. I quake when I look at the jobs advertised on the website.
I was trained with some basic instructions (on a half-plate Cambo) by a photographer at Sotheby’s and from books and on projects with colleagues and friends. It is thanks to one of those friends that I joined the association. I became a member in 1995 and was elected to the committee in 1998.
Having retired from that role after twenty years, I was invited to return as president. Given the strictures within which we have all laboured during this period, I hope to have served, and still hope to serve, the association to the best of my ability.
Colin Maitland - May 2021
11/3 Opening Night
12/3 FORMAT21: Conference
17/3 Picturing Lockdown: Panel discussion
18/3 Introduction to 3D modelling
20/3 Rosie Summers Performance
27/3 VR Masterclass with Rosie Summers
27/3 Brian Griffin: In Conversation
This year’s 2and3D Photography conference is slimmed down and moved online due to corona. We will host two online sessions with three presentations followed by a Q&A. We invite you to participate in this online edition and submit a proposal.
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New Year 2021 message from 2and3D Photography
The fourth Historic Photographer of the Year Awards launched for entries on 14th July 2020 and was open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. Our very own Kira Zumkley was one of this year's judges!
The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic.
A message from the committee. We will also be updating you with any information we find relating to our industry and any help that is available during these very sad and troubling times.
See here for past news stories.
Links to all sorts of articles that may be of interest to our sector in general.
This has been an extraordinary year for many of us. The Corona pandemic has changed our lives fundamentally and the effects on our heritage industry will be radical. We will probably all face budget cuts and traveling around the world will no longer be possible for many of us. But looking at the bright side, we have learned how to reach out to each other and talk through our screens via Teams, Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp. Some of us already had the experience with online conferences. Our 2and3D Photography conference partner AHFAP replaced their annual conference with four successive Wednesday lunch sessions. The online possibilities are available to us so that we can exchange information and knowledge. However, nothing can replace having personal contact and meeting old friends and colleagues.
The fourth edition of 2and3D Photography was originally planned in April 2021. In the beginning of this year we had already announced that we would postpone it to 2022. Whether that will be possible still remains to be seen. We are now considering organizing an online edition to take place in May 2021, with four 90 minutes sessions over four weeks. We will notify you about any further developments as soon as possible.
Until then stay safe and healthy and, on behalf of the 2and3D program- and advisory committee, I wish you all a very happy 2021.
The Overall Winner was awarded to Michael Marsh for his transfixing capture of the Grade II-listed, Brighton Palace Pier. The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton’s aerial view of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, while the newly-launched Where History Happened category run in partnership with television channel Sky HISTORY went to Martin Chamberlain for his sombre shot of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria’s civil war."Historic Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems.
See our Blog page for an interview with 2017 winner Matt Emmett.
For more information about HPOTY and to view all the entries and winners, see here.
The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic. The guidelines are primarily aimed at Editorial and Advertising Photography shoots where they may be a large crew but it's worth checking out as there are some useful tips. There is also a lot of other information on their website about mental health and help with financial concerns. They are also currently offering free Access Membership. See https://www.the-aop.org/
Please feel free to let us know if you come across anything that you feel would be of interest to our membership. Just drop the webteam a line here
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