VII Photo’s Anastasia Taylor-Lind on ‘The National Womb’
The 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass is being held this week in Amsterdam. One of the 12 participants, VII Photo’s Anastasia Taylor-Lind, spoke exclusively to CPN on film about her Nagorno-Karabakh ‘respect’-theme project, ‘The National Womb’.
In spring 2011, an international committee surveyed portfolios submitted by over 175 pre-selected nominees and selected the 12 young photographers to participate in this year's Masterclass: Eunice Adorno (Mexico), Antonio Bolfo (USA), Kitra Cahana (Canada), Alinka Echeverria (Mexico/UK), Alessandro Imbriaco (Italy), Jakub Kaminski (Poland), Sebastian Liste Vicario (Spain), Leo Maguire (UK), Ivor Prickett (Ireland), Mohammed Salem (Palestinian Territories), Dimitri Stefanov (Bulgaria) and Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Sweden/UK).
Each participant had to prepare a project based on this year’s theme, Respect. Their projects then form the basis of their discussions in the Masterclass with six leading photography professionals: Christopher Anderson (Canada, photographer at Magnum), Jodi Bieber (South Africa, photographer at Institute), Tony Chambers (UK, editor in chief at Wallpaper* magazine), Dewi Lewis (UK, founder and publisher of Dewi Lewis Publishing), Mariko Takeuchi (Japan, independent curator and photography critic) and Francesco Zizola (Italy, photographer at Noor).
Anastasia Taylor-Lind, winner of a FNAC grant announced at this year’s Visa pour l’Image festival, told CPN that she was delighted to be part of the Masterclass. Commenting on her project she said: “The theme of respect is intrinsically link to photography because to be a photojournalist without having a huge amount of respect for the people you photograph, your work ends up meaningless and nothing.”
To learn more about the Joop Swart Photo Masterclass visit the World Press Photo website.
Biography: Anastasia Taylor-Lind
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Anastasia Taylor-Lind is a member of the VII Photo agency. She is based in the Middle East where she works for clients such as GEO Germany and the Sunday Times Magazine. She has been exhibited internationally in such spaces as the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and Fovea Exhibitions in New York. She has received a number of photography awards from the likes of The Guardian, Deutsche Bank and Canon Italy, as well as being a 2011 FNAC Grant winner. She studied at the University of Wales Newport and the London College of Communications.