Last week I was invited by the BBC World Service Newshour team to give my opinion on the ban on the female Muslim Miss World contestants in Malaysia. I appeared only for a short time. But it was really interesting to hear the debates from the panels; from the organisers to the religious organisation opposing the beauty pageant. The most interesting thing was that all of the guests were females, arguing about whether we should or shouldn’t follow the rules […]
The Rolling Stone magazine’s recent front cover featuring Boston “bomber” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has caused much controversy in the news. The reason given is because the Rolling Stone’s cover is perceived as glorifying a terrorist as a rock star. As a picture editor, I think Rolling Stone editors have made the right decision to feature Tsarnaev’s portrait on the front cover. It is the kind of cover image that creates a debate and pushes the publication’s circulation. It ticks the right […]
You can’t tell Mother Nature what to do. Today on 23rd March, which is two days after we have crossed into the official British Summertime, it was snowing all day. A part of me (the traveller) was mildly excited, because snow is photogenic and a bit magical. Another part of me (the Londoner) would rather pull up the duvet and read a trashy book in bed.
I enjoy observing Valentines Day. It is slightly overrated and tacky, but you can’t celebrate it by being minimal. There is nothing spontaneous about the Valentines Day rituals. You must roll out the expected: pretty cards, roses, chocolates, racy lingerie and having lovely a meal at a restaurant. Valentines is cheesy but it is fun. Many pretend not to celebrate it, although it is always safer to remember to give something sweet to your partners. This gesture goes a long […]
“My studio is messy,” said Edwina Ibbotson, when we stepped into her hat studio in Battersea. It was an artistic mess. Nothing really looked out of place. I thought the setup was charming, like an English garden. So we photographed the hats as if they were birds and flowers in a garden. There is something regal and powerful about a good hat. It can turn an ordinary woman into a lady. A hat can be a statement. It adds mystery […]