Category Archives: Awards Ceremonies

A night photographing award winning politicians

Jon Snow presenting the 2012 PSA AwardsJohn Bercow and Lord SteelLord HoweDavid TrimbleMargaret HodgePSA Awards overview in Church HouseSir Richard LeeseDavid Trimble, Margaret Hodge and Jon SnowJohn Snow

I often find myself photographing awards ceremonies of one kind or another and they’re usually interesting events to photograph, not least for the people who turn out to attend them. This is the second time I’ve photographed the PSA Awards in Church House. Based in the heart of Westminster, the location seems particularly well suited to some of the heavyweight politicians who had turned out for the evening. Presented by Jon Snow of Channel 4 news (who had literally just dashed over straight from presenting the show at 7pm), the event is held by the Political Studies Association “to recognise the achievements of academics, politicians, political campaigners, journalists and other contributors to the conduct and study of politics”. There were some notable figures there, such as Lord Trimble, Lord Howe, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, Margaret Hodge, plus a host of other eminent personalities from the worlds of politics and journalism. Not that I expected any sort of rumbunctious PMQ’s style behaviour, but it was nice to see so many individuals from different parts of the political spectrum together in the same room and getting along in a good natured and civilised fashion…

This was a particularly busy Thursday for corporate events. I’d just dashed over from the Supreme Court (fortunately only 2 minutes away) where the Copyright Licensing Agency had been holding a drinks reception, and meanwhile Leo was covering an event over at the Science Museum as my co-photographer for EPL Event Photography. Then back on the train, processing the shots on the laptop ready to be uploaded overnight for distribution the next morning via a password-protected link.

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An Evening with Irvin Yalom

One of the things I really enjoy about photographing events and conferences is the interesting speakers I get to hear talk in the line of my work. From after dinner speakers to politicians to marketing experts, there’s always something to take away from what people have to say. The event that the BACP put on last month was a real highlight in this respect. They had managed a bit of a coup in getting the legendary psycoanalyst and author Irvin Yalom agree to do a live link-up from California to London where he would discuss his career with his son Victor and answer questions from the audience. I was particularly excited about this event as I’d read one of Yalom’s books a while ago. “Love’s Executioner”  is a fascinating account of Yalom’s work as a psycoanalyst, involving a number of case studies of the people he’d worked with, and the ways in which he had attempted to approach and break down the various issues they bring to the table. Rather than being a text book or scientific studies, Yalom manages to make fascinating stories out of each chapter, each of which is intriguing and enlightening in its own way. It’s a brilliant book, and one I’d recommend to anyone.

As a speaker, Yalom didn’t disappoint – he was honest, warm, funny, and gifted with the ability to put complex ideas across in a simple way. He made a great double act with his son Victor who was the perfect interviewer – you could see there was a real warmth of feeling and understanding between the two of them.

Anyway, this was a real treat of a job. You could see why the 1,000 people in attendance had turned up to see this man speak. What a legend!

(Oh, and here are a few of the photos…)


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