Nell Gifford & Perlo
Nell is the owner of an ethical circus in Gloucestershire. I’d taken a series of more standard portraits of Nell standing by her horse, Perlo, in the stables and of her alone in her caravan. To finish off I wanted to show her riding Perlo. We found a small field and Nell did some circuits. The light was pretty drab and the photographs uninspiring. Standard stuff of rider and horse - until the wind blew. I’d come in a little closer and lower on a wide-angle lens placing Nell and Perlo’s head against the sky. In the sudden gust, the flowing hair and mane created a sense of movement. This was the only time I’ve phoned a commissioning picture editor and said “I’ve sent you one. You’ll see why”.

New Photographer – Andrew Fox

Fleet Street’s Finest are proud to announce a new member, Andrew Fox.

Andrew began his career as a trainee on the Birmingham Post & Mail newspaper, after completing the National Council for the Training of Journalist’s photojournalism course in Sheffield in 1988.

While still a trainee, Andrew won the Midlands Press Photographer of the Year award.

The broadsheet Birmingham Post always treated its black and white photography seriously and it’s style was close to that of The Independent. In the late ’90’s Andrew decided to turn freelance and took his portfolio to The Independent. The next day, Andrew received his first commission, and for the next 18 years was one of its regular photographers. As his work became known to other picture editors, Andrew started to work for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

His work has been shown at Visa Pour L’Image international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France, and at the House Of Commons. Awards include the Nikon UK Feature Photographer Of The Year and three special awards in the UK Picture Editors Awards.

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