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Music Photographer Christie Goodwin – Women in Photography and The Photography Show

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It is no secret that at CEWE, we have a huge amount of admiration for Music Photographer, Christie Goodwin. So much so, Christie will be joining us at The Photography Show on Tuesday 17th March 2020 with her talk ‘How to Capture Our Beautiful World.’ Head on over to the Shutter Street stage at 12.30 pm to listen to Christie explain the visual language she uses and the ‘ins-and-outs’ of music photography, which will end with a Q&A.

Christie was the UK representative at the CEWE Photo Award in 2019, and we’re so pleased to be working with her again. To celebrate, we wanted more insight into her amazing career and to discuss her involvement with The Photography Show.

To recap, Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over thirty-five years, having picked up the camera at the age of twelve. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Art Photography, and initially shot fashion assignments but soon became restless and left the fashion world behind her. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work.

It wasn’t until 2005 when she was commissioned to shoot a live performance that Christie found her true calling. After that first assignment, she hung up her editorial hat and became a full-time music and entertainment photographer.

What is The Photography Show?

The Photography Show is the UK’s biggest photography and video show and is held at the NEC in Birmingham between the 14th-17th March. Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiast, a pro or anything in between, there is a wide range of talks, demo’s, stands and advice for you to sink your teeth into.

• Over 32,000 visitors over 4 days
• The latest kit from over 300 brands
• Learn from the best at tailored masterclasses
• Get hands on, practical advice
• Hear tales from legends of photography and film making

You can also receive 20% off your entry ticket by entering the code CEWETPS20 at checkout. We’ll be at stand E21 waiting to show you our products, offer advice and have a general chit chat!

CEWE are also thrilled to be sponsoring Shutter Street, which is brand new feature for The Photography Show in 2020. Take a look at the wide range of talks and demo’s that you can attend, including all sorts of well-known names and extraordinary talent. But for now…

Over to you, Christie.

What draws you to The Photography Show?

The Photography Show is a must visit for every level of photographer – I mainly seek inspiration at the show.

As you’ll be speaking at the event, what will you be discussing in your talk?

Photography today has become a cacophony of freeze-frames and selfies. Millions of pictures are uploaded every minute of the day and the same millions of pictures have a shelf life of 30 seconds. In our new digital age, photography is readily available and, unfortunately, a good picture is soon becoming an endangered species. A photograph is a very powerful tool if used correctly. It can inform you about something that has happened, it can change your mind, it can move you, it can remind you or it can entice you to buy a certain product. Whatever the reason the picture is used for, it has a goal to send a message from your eyes to your brain.

There is nothing like a still photograph to convey emotion and the significance of a particular moment. That is why I will talk about the power of photography and expand a little on the visual language and how to use it. I will also share pro tips to shoot beautiful photographs and I’ll also be happy to answer any questions. I’m hoping people will walk away motivated to take better pictures.

Olly Murs – Echo Arena, Liverpool, 2015 by Christie Goodwin

At The Photography Show there will be a panel dedicated to ‘Women Who Photo & Film.’ What has your experience been like as a woman in photography?

It’s been a long 35-year uphill battle – I’ve lived through it all! There was sexism when I was a fashion photographer to a point where some people straight up told me I wouldn’t get the job because I was a woman. When I was an editorial photographer, I saw men getting the better jobs from the editor while I got the leftovers. I’ve been pushed to the back at political gatherings I had to cover because men could do the job better.

The most important thing that I tell myself every day is that talent doesn’t have a gender.

Today, I’m a Music Photographer and I find that it’s still a male dominated world where women are few. Due to all my negative experiences, I have toughened up over the years and I don’t let myself be pushed to the back anymore.

Do you have any advice for women/girls looking to pick up a camera?

Believe in yourself because it might take a while before others believe in you.

Camila Cabello – WiZink Center, Madrid, 2018 by Christie Goodwin

Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

I’ve always admired female photographers who dared to step outside of the box, outside of the conventional. I love how Diane Arbus tackled marginalised people and often photographed people on the fringes of society, including the mentally ill, transgender people, and circus performers. I also admire that she was supposed to be her husband’s assistant as he was the principal photographer, but history has taught us that her work has surpassed his. Like I said, talent doesn’t have a gender.

I love Nan Goldin’s very intimate work with the gay subculture. She created this snapshot style long before the digital cameras, and today her style is the world we live in, a self-absorbed often revelatory world through Instagram and other social media channels.

I am fascinated with Linda McCartney’s take on Music Photography. She was there right at the beginning when Music Photography exploded onto the world through Rolling Stone Magazine. She stayed away from the conventional and static, and instead created images that were tinted with a sense of humour.

Pam Hogg – London, 2018 by Christie Goodwin

What motivates you to continue taking photographs?

It’s this drive, this need, this urge to capture something beautiful that I feel needs to be captured or frozen in time, so it can be admired for an eternity.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

That it was going to be a never-ending learning process!

How do you push yourself to evolve your photography?

I explore the work of other photographers on a daily basis, I explore many different art forms and I visit exhibitions of other artists. All that information mushed together pushes me to re-think, re-create and evolve.

Ed Sheeran – Scottrade Center, St Louis, 2013 by Christie Goodwin

Thank you, Christie!

If you want to read more about Christie, we have a blog post that focuses on her work with music and celebrities (and a candid story involving Usher!)

Join Us at The Photography Show

If you’re looking to get your creative juices flowing or simply just enjoy being around like minded photographers sharing their talent and passion, The Photography Show is simply unmissable. Remember to come and visit us at stand E21!

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