No Longer an Invisible Photographer

Among the images in Vanessa Winship’s first retrospective are portraits taken with a view camera, which led her to slow down and engage her subjects rather than be fleetingly invisible.

Vanessa Winship had gotten very good at getting the picture without getting noticed. But unlike street and documentary photographers who strive to be invisible, Ms. Winship was not happy.

A Conversation with Vanessa Winship – Conscientious


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Vanessa Winship’s work came to my attention when a friend of mine showed me the copy of Sweet Nothings, a most exquisite little book of portraiture of school children in Eastern Anatolia (Turkey). A little later, Vanessa sent me a copy of the book, and we started talking about her work, so I ended up asking her for an interview.

Vanessa Winship's best shot | Art and design | The Guardian

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Photograph: Vanessa Winship

These two girls touched me, and I can’t say why. The image was made last spring in a school playground in Kars, near the Armenian border in eastern Turkey. I had been based in Istanbul for five years, so knew the country quite well, but I began this piece when I decided to come home. It represents a turning point for me as a photographer.

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State of the Art: Venessa Winship Named Sony's First Photographer of the Year

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Clearly I should already have known who Vanessa Winship is. I mean, she won the first World Press Photo award ever given in the arts category; she’s exhibited at Visa pour l’Image, Les Recontres d’Arles, and the Leica Gallery; oh, and did I mention…she makes beautiful, beautiful images.

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