Robert shares his process and thoughts about the importance of marrying a subject’s own words with their pictures, so that there is a better opportunity to see them more clearly, vividly, and to offset the confirmation bias we often when viewing a photo by itself. Too often, because we are denied the subject’s voice, and only have their image, we think we know the whole story – but do we?
Using specific photos and narratives from past work, Robert will share how he stumbled upon a new way of seeing and listening which influences him not just in his creative work, but in his everyday life.
Marc Aitken has been surrounded by fashion, photographers and models for as long as he can remember. His Mother was 60’s model Pamela Portman, who ran her own model agency in London and whose circle included everyone from legendary fashion photographer Norman Parkinson to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
He studied theatre lighting and set design at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a career in theatre and rock ’n roll followed during which he worked on the original Kate Bush tour and spent many years working in London’s West End Theatre industry.
More recently, he has worked with both Peter Gabriel and renowned music video director Dick Caruthers, filming artists as diverse as Rush to Usher. In his former life he has produced events for corporate clients such as Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Disney and NASA. Marc is a veteran of over 17 seasons at London Fashion Week, and has produced work for The Body Shop, Christopher Kane and Burberry amongst many others. His runway work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, The Times and The Guardian.
He draws Inspiration from many sources; from Italian Vogue to the films of Ridley Scott. His experience of set design, theatre lighting and film-making gives his photography a filmic and theatrical edge, allowing him to tell a story through the still image.
“I love fashion, I grew up surrounded by it. The 1960’s are a big influence on me and I am always trying to sneak a bit of that Pop Art glamour and fun into everything I do”.
Capturing a moment that feels real with a well-known personality means watching for that brief flicker of true feeling that peeks out from behind the mask, the unselfconscious laugh, the beat before the in-breath.
Mark shares anecdotes and lessons learned from capturing the inner light of some of the most extraordinary and highly celebrated personalities in the world.
Frederick Van Johnson
Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry.
A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is the Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital.
He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop.
Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.