Wayne Ford

Recent articles by Wayne Ford

A studio sensation

Issue 89, Winter 2014


In 1930, a 24-year-old German, Horst P. Horst (born Horst Paul Albert…

The painful vision of Eugene Richards

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


While many forms of photography are enjoying a popularity like never before – be…

Violent vaudeville

Issue 62, Winter 2006


Mexican professional wrestling – or to give it its correct title Lucha Libre…

All my own work

Issue 77, Autumn 2010


Books lie at the heart of photography’s history. Now photographers are opting for the freedom and…

Every detail counts

Issue 77, Autumn 2010


Wayne Ford profiles a ‘major force in British photography’

Photo-temptations in glamorous Moscow

Issue 60, Summer 2006


With 24 venues, 90 exhibitions and nearly 150 participating photographers, the…

Towell’s testimony of unrest in Gaza

Issue 57, Autumn 2005


Like the legendary French photographer Robert Doisneau, Canadian Larry Towell is a…

Pictures on the book pages [extract]

Issue 55, Spring 2005


The history of photographic books has rarely been explored in any depth. The most…

Photojournalism from small-town carnivals

Issue 52, Summer 2004


In the past few years, a number of the twentieth century’s seminal photographic…

City of international photography

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


Now in its sixth year, PhotoEspaña celebrates the best in photography from around…

Photography invades Tate Modern [EXTRACT]

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


‘Cruel and Tender’ marks the first time that this celebrated art gallery has…

The man who made aeroplanes out of scrap metal

Issue 47, Spring 2003


Scout, the latest venue in the heaving gallery-land that is London’s Hoxton…

Meet me in Provence

Issue 73, Autumn 2009


If photography had a Mecca, the annual Rencontres d’Arles in the south of…

Recent Photobooks: a connoisseur’s guide

Issue 62, Winter 2006


Martin Munkacsi By F. C. Gundlach Steidl, €48. Thames & Hudson, £39.95 In…

Recent blog posts by Wayne Ford

Headless wonder

16 April 2014

Martina Bacigalupo discovers a new source of human stories at Uganda’s Gulu Real Art Studio
In early 2011, the Italian photojournalist Martina Bacigalupo left her small hotel in Gulu, northern Uganda, and asked a local boda-boda driver to take her to a nearby photographic studio, writes Wayne Ford

Wild vision

9 March 2011

Wayne Ford on the art and craft of wildlife photography
In 1884, Ottmar Anschütz made his now famous studies of storks, writes Wayne Ford. The following year, R. B. Lodge successfully recorded a brooding Lapwing, while in 1899, brothers Cherry and Richard Kearton, who had travelled the width and breadth of the United Kingdom in search of their subjects, published With Nature and a Camera (Cassell & Co). The work of these early pioneers, and others, would form the basis of what today we term wildlife and nature photography.

Escaping Modernism

31 August 2010

Edward Weston’s flight from photographic theory
The early twentieth century saw photography dominated by the influence of painting, with the then popular pictorial style drawing its reference points from the impressionist artists of the period, writes Wayne Ford. It was in this style, like many of his generation, that the great photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) began to work.

Sam Haskins and other stories

27 August 2009

The South African photographer with a graphic edge
‘Sam Haskins is an important photographer. There, I’ve said it!’ This is the first line from acclaimed editor and critic Bill Jay’s* Album (Nazraeli Press, 2007) entry on South African born photographer Sam Haskins. Like Jay, I, too, believe that Haskins is an important photographer, writes Wayne Ford. Haskins’ influence is like a string of DNA that can be seen throughout contemporary photography – particularly fashion photography.

The heights (and depths) of fashion

31 March 2009

Moscow’s ‘Changing Beauty’: style is in the eye of the photographer
‘Changing Beauty’ is the theme of the sixth Fashion and Style in Photography biennale, organised by the Moscow House of Photography, with 60 exhibitions across the Russian capital, from the grand exhibition hall of the Manege to the small independent galleries and the GUM department store on Red Square, writes Wayne Ford.