Voices Behind the Camera gives a quick glimpse into the portfolios of ILCP's world renowned Photographers.
MICHAEL 'NICK' NICHOLS
Michael “Nick” Nichols (born in Alabama 1952) is a passionate photographer whose enthusiasm is infectious. Visually capturing endangered species and peoples, Nick’s work is bound in energy. He strives to photograph subjects with an edge of tension, movement, and dynamism. Nick is a former member of the famed cooperative Magnum Photos and currently works as a staff photographer at National Geographic. He is the author of seven books; including Brutal Kinship with Jane Goodall published by Aperture.
Wendy McMurdo was born in Edinburgh in 1952. In the mid-80's she studied at the Pratt Institute in New York, where she first became interested in photography. She completed her M.A. at Goldsmiths College in London in 1993. In the mid-1990's, McMurdo became particularly interested in the then-evolving medium of digital media. With the assistance of a Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, she produced a groundbreaking body of work called 'In a Shaded Place', which examined the impact of digital technologies on traditional representational photograph. Subsequent to this, McMurdo has developed a number of projects examining the interface between traditional and non-traditional forms. From 1998-2000 she was appointed Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. From 1995-2000, she developed a series of works, which examined the ways in which technological developments in the bio-medical sciences in particular affected our view of our selves. In the past, she has been commissioned by the Science Museum in London and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
A number of her major projects have been documented in a recent publication, Wendy McMurdo, produced by the Centre for Photography in Salamanca, Spain, with essays by Francis McKee and Gilda Williams. ISBN: 8474819962 (available at £14.S0 from http://www.artsbib.com) Her work, and writings on her work, are included both in Phaidon's recent 'Art and Photography' and Thames and Hudson's 'Photography and Art' from the World of Art series. A major interdisciplinary project entitled 'Wrecks of Scapa' inspired by WW1 wrecks of the German High Fleet interred below Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands was published in FOAM - The International Journal of Photography in Amsterdam in April 2007. In 2009 she was awarded the Ff30 commission for her project 'The Skater'. This commission was created by the FfotoGallery in Cardiff U.K to celebrate 30 years of contemporary photographic commissioning.
She is currently devevloping a number of commissions on the subject of early explorations of the self and has been included in a numerous important group exhibitions and publications on this subject - most recently in 'Through the Looking Glass' for the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork in 2005 and 'Only Make Believe', curated by writer Marina Warner for Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Her work has been the subject of documentaries for BBC2 and Channel4 and is included in The British Library Sound Archive's Oral history of British Photography. She is based in Edinburgh where she lives with her partner and her daughters.