My life's work is to help photographers to achieve their full potential in photography.
I call myself a photographer, writer, sharer, and broadcaster. I call myself a 'sharer' because I don't care too much for the terms 'teacher' or 'educator': what I like is to share my knowledge and experience of photography - of which I have much, across a good swathe of photographic activity. I love to share and I do that as much as I can through my writing, workshops and by offering online courses and one-on-one mentoring. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I've had 30 books published on photography and video (33 if you count the new e-books). The popular 'Digital Photographer's Handbook' has been translated into about 20 language and is now in its 5th edition. My "Digital Photography Masterclass" has proven popular with readers and reviewers: it won the Library Journal's 'Best How-to Book of 2008 and was chosen by Shutterbug as its 'Créme de la Créme' of Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008. We've just revised, up-dated and improved it. The 'Digital Photography step by step', is our best how-to book, packing an enormous of information into accessible form.
The latest book, 'Photography - the definitive visual history' is a wonderfully rich book, with over a thousand illustrations, uniquely it gives proper place to the photographic technology that has enabled photography to advance. It's a bargain at current prices - even without the discounts!
I won the 1988 Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for my coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition. Goodness knows how; there were very strong contenders that year. I presented two ground-breaking six-part series 'A Digital Picture of Britain' and 'Britain in Pictures' for BBC. And an eight-part series for Channel News Asia Singapore was broadcast in August/September 2009 and was distributed on DVD.
I've worked as magazine editor, picture editor and was senior lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years. I led a Know How Fund project that reformed the journalism curriculum for a university in Kyrgyzstan, as well as photographing extensively in Central Asia. I was chair of the Arts Council England organization for Chinese Arts in Britain and am a founding member of the World Photography Academy, where I helped initiate and led the Student Focus program for its first two years.
My current interests include fine-art photography, writing fiction and poetry. I was born in Singapore and now live in New Zealand.