An Interview with Mobile Photography Awards Founder Daniel Berman

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Since its invention, photography has gone from being a complex craft mastered only by experienced professionals to being easily accessible to all. Pretty much everyone these days carries a smartphone in their pocket, with an always ready-for-action camera.

The rise of mobile photography and the ability to shoot and share instantaneously has revolutionized the field and created what has been called a ‘democratization of photography’. While many are still wondering about the possible implications of the mobile-age on photography as a profession, people like Daniel Berman, creator of the Mobile Photography Awards, are actively seeking to establish a worldwide recognition of mobile photography as a form of art. We sat down with Daniel to ask him a few questions about the MPA’s, mobile photography and its future…




Collaborative Music Video by Mobile Photographer David Booker

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booker copyDavid Booker is an artist with a singular voice and vision. There is no mistaking his images. Working under the moniker BlemishedEye, David has always pushed the boundaries of transgression in his mysterious, often erotic portraits. The use of facial masks and distorted viewpoints often inform his pieces. The psychological depth of his characters require us to dig deep inside a David Booker portrait in order to find it’s heart.

Recently, David alerted us to a video featuring his work in collaboration with the English composer Edmund Hunt. The video is embedded below David’s words about the project.

“…Sometime during the summer of 2013 I approached the English composer, Edmund Hunt, and asked him if he’d consider providing a piece of music to accompany some of my images.

After familiarising himself with my photography, he obliged and in early January 2014 sent me a short composition entitled ‘Ungelic is Us’ (a line from the Old English poem Wulf and Eadwacer, meaning ‘it is different for us’). This video is the resulting collaboration.

Edmund’s work has been played in the UK and abroad by ensembles including Psappha, The Northern Sinfonia, Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, CHROMA, BCMG, ICARUS Vocal Ensemble, The Curious Chamber Players and CoMA (Contemporary Music for All).

Much of Edmund’s music is inspired by the early mediaeval literature of northern Europe, and his PhD explores this area through the creation of vocal, instrumental and electronic works. Although he often uses early texts, his approach is innovative and contemporary.

Vocals are provided by Lucie Louvrier. Mezzo-soprano Lucie trained in Paris (Sorbonne, Schola Cantorum) before moving to England to study at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she was awarded an MMus in Vocal Performance with Distinction by the Conservatoire. Lucie was also awarded the Advanced Performance Certificate by the Birmingham School of Acting.”

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The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile photography and art.  The awards are committed to presenting the art-form in galleries and exhibits. The MPA is the world's largest open gallery call and competition of its kind.
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