Financial Times Photo Director Emma Bowkett Guides Editorial Decisions with an Artful Eye

Emma Bowkett is a busy woman. As the acclaimed London-based Director of Photography at The Financial Times, photography is on her mind and eyes all the time. She is highly active in the photography community, is a university visiting lecturer and regularly takes part in portfolio reviews, art fairs, and awards.

Bowkett, whose background is deep in the art photography world frequently faces and tackles an interesting challenge: how to segue that knowledge and experience into the world of business and editorial photography.

Luupe photographer and Rocket Science Magazine founder Pauline Magnenat spoke with Emma to learn more about her career, what she looks for when assigning a story and what she hopes to see in 2020.

Summer Murdock: All About The Light

Utah-based photographer Summer Murdock uses light, split-second intuition and deep connection with her subjects to turn everyday moments into magical stories. The quirky stuff kids do, the great outdoors, and the high pressure of working with four (often uncooperative) children as her muses have helped her think to quickly and approach every situation with energy and ease.

Whether it’s capturing her own family adventures or photographing large scale advertising campaigns, Murdock’s photographs are full of narrative power. But really, it’s all about the light.

Luupe photographer Michelle McSwain spoke with Murdock to learn more about her work and some tips for landing top clients.

Michelle McSwain’s Photography Is Full of Bright, Honest Joy

Los Angeles and New York City-based photographer Michelle McSwain brings unique, joy-filled style to brands including The Wing, SoundCloud, AMC Networks, Peloton, and Wine Spectator. Her images are bright and honest, filled with warm light that makes her subjects, whether it’s portraits of people, animals, or a sparkling glass of rosé invite viewers (and consumers) in.

And like any talented, hardworking photographer – especially those balancing family life and new parenthood – her shoots and career are packed with a slew of challenges that she conquers in stride.

Fellow Luupe photographer Seher recently caught up with Michelle to learn more about her influences, challenges, and the many creative forces that drive her inspiring work and career.

How Janette Beckman Navigated the Male Dominated World of Early Hip Hop Photography

When Janette Beckman learned the “New York Scratch and Rap Revue,” the first Hip Hop showcase in the UK was headed to London, she immediately offered to shoot it for Melody Maker. The year was 1982, and the culture was as fresh as the crease down the front of a pair of Lee jeans. The concert proved to be a turning point in Beckman’s life.

“Everyone was on stage together at the same time: Afrika Bambaataa was on the turntables. Fab 5 Freddy was on the mic, DONDI and FUTURE were making a mural. The Rock Steady Crew was breakdancing. The Double Dutch girls did their thing,” Beckman says.

“It was a Renaissance moment for me. I was used to people in leather jackets thrashing it out on stage and here were these people making art, music, poetry, and dance in this wild, crazy, creative thing.”

TED Talks by Creative Women To Binge Watch This Weekend

Since 1990 when Monterrey, California hosted the first official TED conference, TED talks have united those curious about new ideas in technology, design and other disciplines – from philosophers and scientists to artists, musicians, and religious leaders. 

In anticipation of December’s TED Women 2019 in La Quinta, CA, we curated a selection of some of our favorite TED talks from creative women over the past decade.

Grab some coffee and get inspired.