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At the light-box

Notebook: 23 September 2015 | PICTURE EDITING A little bit of history: Rebecca Shannon (picture researcher), Nicky Wright (senior designer) and myself (tea maker) pictured at the studio light-box back in about 1999 at Summerhouse Publishing in Norwich. We had a huge light-box upon which we would spread bundles of transparencies from photographers or picture libraries, to slowly work our way through and edit down to the chosen picture. Looking back, it was a time consuming process and I think that fairly soon after this with the advent of digital photography, the light-box began to gather dust and we eventually shipped it out. Nowadays it takes only a few minutes to find a picture from a picture library’s website but in the past I remember first having to rifle through a picture library’s catalogue, then you had to order in a batch of transparencies which wouldn’t arrive until the next day (unless you had them biked over – do they still have motorbike couriers?) and then you had to faff about scanning the picture before you could even get it on …

Campaign magazine and the mysterious Mr Schenk

Notebook: 16 September 2015, with updates in December 2016, May 2017 and March 2019 Long before the days of the internet and graphic design mags, if you wanted a career as a graphic designer, then the place to go to view the job ads, used to be Campaign magazine. Campaign is of course, the weekly trade magazine for the advertising industry but back in the 70s it was stuffed full of jobs for designers as well as for advertising execs. It was, and still is, a great looking publication with a sharp design that has changed little during its 47 year lifetime and the fact that its design has stood the test of time so well, is testament to the creative skills of its designer – the mysterious and enigmatic Roland Schenk. Schenk was a Swiss typographer who had worked with the legendary German art director Willy Fleckhaus on Twen magazine (see footnote below). When the publisher Haymarket bought the stuffy trade paper World’s Press News in 1968 and re launched it as the snazzy Campaign, they called upon …

Girl in red costume

Notebook: 18 May 2015 Would you believe that these beautiful pictures were shot in 1913 – they look as though they could have come from a recent copy of Vogue! They were taken by an engineer and budding photographer called Mervyn O’Gormanand and are pictures of his daughter Christina on Chesil beach in Dorset. They are some of the earliest colour photos ever shot and they used the Autochrome process – one of the first colour photo technologies, which used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. You can see more of O’Gorman’s pictures here and you can view the originals in the ‘Drawn by Light’ exhibition from the Royal Photographic Society collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Big, shiny white things

Notebook: 6 January 2015 Love this picture by Alex P of the Rolls Royce Wraith in front of the Silver Whisper cruise ship moored at Southampton docks. It was one of the last jobs I commissioned in my role as creative director at Archant Dialogue back in November. You can see more of Alex’s car photography in my Working with others pages on this site.

Hakan Ludwigson

Notebook: 19 October 2014 Flicking through Condé Nast Traveller mag recently, I noticed some pictures by Hakan Ludwigson. That was a name from the past – I remembered commissioning Hakan to shoot the Saab 9-5 way back in 2000 for a Saab magazine feature. We took the car to the remote  and mysterious island of Mando off Denmark’s west coast where there is a real blur between land, sea and sky. Hakan produced a super set of photos which were used in Saab magazine and the layouts are shown here.