Last week, we introduced you to some of our super-talented X-Photographers in part one of our
feature – and now we’re here with part two, so you can meet the rest of them! The X-Photographers
shoot a variety of subjects, love Fujifilm and are very knowledgeable, so give them a follow on social
media to keep up to date with their work and insights!
Marianne Chua is a London-based documentary wedding photographer who has won multiple Fearless and WPJA awards, as well as being named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. Her work focuses on fun, chaos and the beauty of the ordinary.
Paul Sanders is a professional landscape photographer based in the south east of England. He started his career as a news photographer working on regional newspapers and then went on to work for international news service, Reuters, followed by The Times, where he covered major news and sport stories across Europe, before becoming picture editor of The Times. He then took the decision to leave in 2004 and pursue his passion for fine-art landscape photography. He now supplies his work to corporate clients, runs workshops and writes for photography magazines.
Polly Rusyn is a London-based street photography workshop teacher with an extensive background in the travel industry. Polly’s work has been exhibited internationally at a number of street photography festivals, published in National Geographic Traveller and featured in Digital Photographer Magazine. Polly was a finalist at both the Miami Street Photography Festival and PhoS Festival in Sofia, and her work formed part of the launch campaign for the Sony World Photography Awards. In January of 2019, she created The Photo Weekender – a company offering small-group street photography workshops across Europe.
Saraya Cortaville is an award-winning portrait and social documentary photographer. She has received two fellowships (one of only two women in the UK to have achieved this): one for studio portraiture and, most recently, for a social documentary project she completed in 2015 while living in Africa. Saraya’s passion for travel and people has led her to live and work abroad for various international NGOs, documenting social issues in countries as far away as Tanzania and Nepal.
Saraya skilfully manages to draw out her subjects’ emotions and feelings in a sensitive and empathetic way. Her portraits are an observation and moment of connection between two people, rather than between a photographer and a subject. When not abroad, Saraya shoots primarily location portraiture, specialising in children and documentary weddings.
Scott Johnson FBIPP FSWPP Master Photographer is an internationally recognised, award-winning photographer based in Essex, who travels the world as an educator and mentor. Scott has photographed weddings all across Europe and the US and is one of only 19 wedding photographers to achieve a Fellowship in Wedding Photography with the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) since 1901, and one of only a handful that’s achieved Fellowship in two separate fields, his second being in Documentary Photography. He also holds a Fellowship with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). A former winner of the MPA Wedding Album of the Year (2015 & 2016), in 2018, he was awarded Master Photographer with the SWPP and won Wedding Image of the Year with The Guild of Photographers.
York Place Studios
Liam and Dominique Shaw, the brother-and-sister reportage duo behind York Place Studios, have built a reputation for creating big imagery from tiny moments with a focus on people, wherever they happen to be.
The pair’s genre-defying street-influenced documentary wedding photography style has gained an international following and led to Dominique and Liam being invited to speak at photography events around the world, sharing their passion for their craft and their carefully considered ideas about reportage photography.
Whether shooting weddings, events or street photography, complex, multi-layered storytelling, subtle humour and raw intimacy have become a hallmark of York Place Studios’ imagery. For Dominique and Liam, though, it’s never about the complexity of an image: it’s about the feeling behind it. It’s that feeling that has, for over a decade, driven them in their quest to create original, innovative imagery of real, spontaneous moments.
Wayne Johns is a photographer and director based in London who works in fashion, beauty and advertising. Best known for his crisp and emotive imagery, Wayne has gained international recognition for his artistic approach and is regarded as a ‘master of lighting techniques’. His mastery of technique and attention to detail have also seen him become a respected director, meaning Wayne is as in demand to teach his style and give workshops as he is by commercial clients to create world-class images. Wayne’s clients include the likes of Vogue, Marie Claire, GQ, Nike, L’Oréal, Sekonic, Next, Coca-Cola, ITV, Channel 4, Rimmel and Haute Living, and he was previously the head photographer for Next. Wayne is launching his new fashion and beauty workshops around the globe in 2020.