Guy Woodland, Photographer, Publisher, Web Builder
Hello. I have been involved with Photography for over 40 years, recently gaining an MA in Photography. For the last 18 years I’ve been involved in Book Publishing and building Websites. This site gives examples of all these disciplines, past, present and also reflects my varied interests and reflections.
Travels and work have taken me and across mainland Europe as well as Australia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Benin, Brazil and China.
Publishing led to the forming of Sino Creative Associates and Shanachie Publishing partnership with Lew Baxter.
My passion for publishing has enabled me to contribute and published over 30 photography and photo-essay books including: ‘World Heritage City’, a photo-essay book a book inspired by UNESCO with forewords by then British prime minister Tony Blair and Franceso Bandarin, the head of UNESCO'S World Heritage office in Paris; ‘Urban Reflections’, commissioned by the American multi-national Hewlett-Packard and which features a series of photo-essays focused on major cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and working with eminent photographers from the world renowned ‘Life Magazine’ and the famous Magnum photo agency.
China focused works include ‘The Bond of Friendship’ photo essay book, a celebration of UK-China cultural and diplomatic relations, which has a foreword by the Chinese ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming. It features many scenic photographs and was distributed widely in the UK and China. Also I co-published ‘The Icebreakers’, a history of the famous British 48 Group Club’s links with China; and ‘The Friendship Arch’, a photo-essay book which put the focus on Shanghai and its twin UK city of Liverpool, with forewords by the UK’s Lord Heseltine and the then Chinese ambassador to the UK, Zha Peixin.
Why Young Photographers Need to Start with Film
You might have a certain image of the generation of artists who reshaped contemporary photography from the 1970s onward. Namely, a dig-your-heels-in reliance on the foundations of craft: things like analog film, hours spent in the darkroom huddled over chemical developing baths, and a cantankerous attitude toward the young people ruining the field with Photoshop and smartphones.