Jade Price chatted to Jonathan to hear about his many ventures as well as his London-based photography workshops.
Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: I’ve been a photographer for nearly 20 years. My first professional assignment was shooting a guidebook on Madrid for Time Out in 1994. Since then I’ve shot over 50 travel books on cities including Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Paris and London.
Q: What do you specialise in?
A: I specialise in travel photography, and commercial work, which can be anything from portraits of yoga teachers, to photographing cocktails for Gordon Ramsay. My personal work is more documentary based, often portraiture. I’m working on a long-term portrait project about happiness, gratitude and aspiration that I started in Havana last year. I also run workshops in participatory photography – training young people to use simple cameras to express themselves and tell the stories of their lives. We published a book of photographs and stories made by young people in Indonesia: street kids, young people affected by conflict, and by the Asian tsunami.
Q: Why did you decide to set up your London workshops?
A: The London workshops are run by a fantastic company called Authentic Adventures, who run photography, painting, singing and walking holidays in beautiful locations all over the world. I’ve been teaching for them for about five years now. This year I’m running photography holidays to Sardinia and Rajasthan. We’re also doing a four day trip to Istanbul, which I know well, so that will be very exciting. So we set up the workshops both for people who might be considering a holiday to come and get a feel for the way we work, and for others who just want a fun, informative photography day in London.
Q: What’s their aim?
A: The aim of the workshops is to inspire, excite and encourage people to experiment and enjoy their photography – we all have a unique eye, and a story to tell. We also help people get to know their cameras better, and build their foundation in the art and craft of photography.
Q: How do you think they are beneficial for photographers?
A: The most important thing for me is that people have a lot of fun, while learning some important skills. I simplify and demystify a lot of the jargon and use discussion of photographs to illustrate techniques that people then go out and practice in one of the most exciting and inspiring locations in London.
Q: If you could photograph anywhere where would it be?
A: Although I’ve been lucky enough to shoot all over the world, there are still many places on my wish list. I’d love to photograph the Northern Lights for example. I’d also like to spend more time shooting in West Africa.
Jonathan has been a successful professional photographer for nearly 20 years.
This passion for photography and its power to move and change people has inspired him to teach in different ways. He has organised projects and exhibitions with street children in Jakarta; young people affected by ethnic conflict in Borneo; and children separated from their families by conflict and tsunami in Aceh, North Sumatra. He has devised and led workshops for Burmese journalists in Bangkok for Internews and one-to-one classes in London for the Royal College of Physicians. He has led workshops in London and the Cotswolds and photography holidays in Morocco, Greece, Cuba and India.
His photojournalism and travel photography have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide including the Guardian, Asiaweek, Le Monde and The Sunday Times, and he has photographed more than 50 travel books in places such as Shanghai, Las Vegas, Paris, Istanbul, Sydney, Tuscany, and Morocco.
He has shot for the UN, UNICEF, and Save the Children, covered the devastation of the Asian Tsunami in Indonesia, and the conflict in East Timor. He has photographed oil rigs, mines, restaurants and resorts, and shoots commercially for clients including the Science Museum, Gordon Ramsey, Omega, and EDF.
Jonathan makes photography fun and accessible, and encourages participants to experiment and develop their own style.
Jonathan is off to Rajasthan in November which is already fully booked! You can catch him on his trip to Sardinia on 21st September for a sunny week of island photography, follow this link to find out more:
He will also be venturing over to Istanbul on our very first short photography trip in a new destination - four nights and five days; details yet to be confirmed. Places will fill up very quickly, so please be quick to express your interest and make a booking. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, and to our Facebook and Twitter pages to hear about it first: