Profile of photographer Sebastião Salgado

A short ilm I shot about celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado; his new “Genesis” exhibition opened at London’s Natural History Museum in June 2013.



As an addition to the post below, here’s a link to the CNN Vision produced interview with David Hockney – an important piece published on CNN Style.

Hockney: An encounter with the world’s most popular artist

If you’re anywhere near London or planning to come, I urge you see Hockney at Royal Academy. Full of colourful surprises and more impressionist than pop-art.  The best advertisement Yorkshire could have.

Local surprise

If I had to best describe my religious leanings, it would probably be ‘guarded atheist’, at least when it comes to the sort of God held up most major religions. That said, I was strangely drawn into one of my local churches this morning…more out of curiosity, than the need for a spiritual top up. My reward was to time my visit when the sun was perfectly placed to create, dare I say, a heavenly light show. It’s an effect I’ve often tried to re-create on film (or video camera) but it can be rather elusive. As the priest reminded me, the secret, is to fill the air with burning incense and let the smoke particles do their work.

Barefoot College, India

Not your average solar engineer

I have just returned from a shoot in Tilonia, India; a remote village, about 200km south-west of Jaipur (Rajasthan). It was a fascinating trip for CNN International, covering the work of the Barefoot College, who train women from villages with no electricity, to become solar engineers. From Burkina Faso to Guatemala, Kenya to Colombia, the women spend six months learning how to make a variety of solar lamps and charges. Many of them have never even left their village before but when they return from India, they will carry home the gift of electricity to places that lie miles away from the national (electricity) grid. Barefoot’s founder is Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy who appeared in Time Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 most influential thinkers. My film from the trip will air on January 26th 2011, on CNN International’s Earth’s Frontiers or viewed online at