Government’s ‘Stay at home’ advice and freelance photography service

and from hard hat, steel toe boots and hi-vis jackets to masks, eye protection and gloves?

Today, 30th March 2020, is the best day so far in the mayhem of C19.  Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc has commissioned two photoshoots for this week.  For the past 2 weeks, our buoyant photography agency has seen widespread cancellations, all the way to July.  Our freelancers have been reporting that their diaries became empty, austere.

UNP Photo Agency Office

Working at UNP Photo Agency in March 2020, just before COVID 19 forced us to close the office doors. ©UNP 2020

The UK and the whole world are now on an emergency footing.  During these unprecedented times we would like to assure you, our customers and photographers, that UNP ‘remains open for business’.  We are determined to deliver for the clients we serve, for Amazon, Lloyds Banking Group, Aldi, Morrisons, BOC, NatWest, Parcelforce, Coop, Airbus, Ikea, Aston Martin, RBS, Rolls-Royce Holdings and for many more in the print, publishing and PR industry.

We remain open during coronavirus pandemic and we‘re working hard to ensure that the freelance photography service we provide, and all our services (office staff) and support (with library) are able to run as normal in these challenging times.

That’s why we want to assure you that we’ve built a robust frame to ensure that our services and support are able to run as normal as possible.  It is true we are no longer working from our lovely office, but thanks to the technology and state of the art equipment,  our staff are all connected from their homes and  are still available 24/7, 365, working even more united than before, as if ‘across the desk’.


UNP office in Leeds

Freelance photographers who work with UNP Ltd, (L to R) Mark Bickerdike and Victor De Jesus at UNP HQ in Leeds, England, UK, before Covid 19. ©Photo: UNP

We would also like to assure you that our number one priority is to make sure the safety of the photographers as well as subjects, who will be photographed, are not compromised.

Even though the situation across the world changes every minute and new developments reported are extremely fast, United National Photographer Ltd team are doing everything we can to act within government’s guidelines:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

As the photographers cannot work from home, and have to cover events during COVID 19 outbreak, I hate to phrase it like this, but we are very much ‘business as usual’.

Our photographers are used to having, wearing personal protective equipment, PPE.  This used to be hard hat, steel toe cap & midsole boots and hi-visibility clothing.  As we move on to new “territories” perhaps there should be a call for photographers who work on locations on freelance basis to protect themselves by using a personal protective equipment similar to what the front line personnel at the hospitals are using, appropriate masks, long-sleeved gowns, eye protection and gloves?

Please stay safe and healthy.

Hamlet Mejloumian


UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography

Congratulations to everyone who’s made the shortlist for MyTown 2018, the UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography.   They are not the world’s best press photographers or press pictures, but they are not far off.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5th December.  Shortlisted images will be shown on outdoor screens across the UK.


The break-up, London © Stevert Honorio

  • Clear Channel has launched the second instalment of its street photography competition MyTown, which celebrates the people, places and moments that make up the UK’s communities
  • Renowned social documentary and press photographer Dougie Wallace is joined on this year’s judging panel by Ronya Galka and Linda Wisdom, two of the UK’s best street and press photographers
  • Selected entries will be showcased on Clear Channel’s Digital Out of Home sites across the country, to create the UK’s biggest ever outdoor exhibition of street photography

Bradford Cafe, West Yorkshire © Craig Philip Szlatoszlavek

Outdoor media owner Clear Channel has today announced the return of MyTown, the UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography. The competition, which showcases the work of UK press photographers, celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of our local towns and cities.

Aftermath of Notting Hill Carnival, London © Brunel Johnson

Last year hundreds of budding press photographers, both amateur and professional, submitted images that highlighted the real-life moments, situations, and people that perfectly sum up the communities within their town or city.

Ron and Mitzi on Portobello Road, London © Steve Ullathorne

Selected images from this year’s entries will be showcased across Clear Channel’s national network of over 3,000 screens – the UK’s largest digital Out of Home network – and also displayed at a pop-up exhibition at Carousel: Next Door in central London, on December 5th, where the winner will be announced.

Justin Cochrane, CEO, Clear Channel UK says: “Like all of the MyTown entrants, we love the uniqueness of our towns and cities, and the people who make them great.”

Baking Hot, Brighton © Leah Sinclair

“We’re exceptionally proud to be bringing MyTown back again, bigger and better than last year. Our continually expanding digital portfolio, the UK’s largest, is the perfect vehicle to reach the nation and showcase the excellent work capturing what makes our towns so special.”

Returning judge Dougie Wallace says: “The bar was set exceptionally high last year, I was blown away with the sheer volume and high quality of MyTown’s entries. Huge quantities of them captured the spontaneity and spirit of street photography.

Faces, London © Justin Goulding

The UK’s towns and cities provide us with exceptional subjects – a truly great street photographer will make ordinary life look extraordinary. I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s entrants tell the stories of their communities and those around them.”

My seafront, Hove © Fabrizio Oppes

The competition is open from now until Sunday 11 November, with a series of selected entries running on screens in the coming weeks. The shortlist will be announced on November 21st. In addition to the national exposure of the exhibition, the winning press photographer will receive a X100F, Fujifilm’s premium compact camera, and a UK City Break of their choosing.

Blackpool in Union, Blackpool © Gisela Szlatoszlavek

About this year’s judges:

Dougie Wallace is an award-winning British Street Photographer famed for his ‘Harrodsburg’ series, which won the Magnum Photographer Award in 2016 and had a number of images included as part of the Royal Academy’s 2018 Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry.

Man with red chair, London © Jonathan Sharp

His photos have been published in Dazed, GQ, The Guardian, New York Times and more, and he is internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and distinct style of expressive street photography. Wallace’s next book ‘Shoreditch Themepark’ will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in March next year.

Tate Britain Colour Match, London © Josh Edgoose

 Ronya Galka was named as one of the ‘Top 10 British Street Photographers in 2015’ by the Interactive Design Institute and last year was shortlisted for ‘Most Influential Street Photographers of 2016’. Her fine art street photography has been exhibited at Liberty’s of London and the Pall Mall Gallery in London. It can be found in private collections around the world and has resulted in numerous publications and exhibitions over the past ten years. She was also a contributor to the book ‘The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto’ published by Illex Press.

Support, Newcastle © Alan Warriner

Linda Wisdom is a professional photographer specialising in fine art urban and street photography for almost 10 years.  She has been a part of many successful exhibitions including the London Photo Festival in Borough, Photo City London in 2017. Linda won ‘Best Street Life’ category with the British Life Photography Awards 2016 and was commended again in 2018, where her image was exhibited at the Royal Albert Hall. Her next group exhibition will be in Hull in October as part of the HIP Festival 2018.

Do not feed the gulls, Liverpool © Andy Allchurh

For more information on the competition, please visit: www.MyTown.Photography





Susan Meiselas, Dee and Lisa on Mott Street, Little Italy, New York, 1976 © Susan Meiselas, 2018

Lucky Press Photographers based in the UK can visit The Photographers’ Gallery to browse through  works of the four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 are Laia Abril, Susan Meiselas, Arwed Messmer and Mark Ruwedel.

Now in its twenty second year, this highly regarded annual prize, originated by The Photographers’ Gallery and subsequently awarded in collaboration with the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, recognises artists and projects deemed to have made a significant contribution to photography over the previous 12 months in Europe.  This year’s nominees survey a vast range of topical issues through the lens and language of photography. Collectively their projects explore state and gender politics, social injustice, human rights and conceptual approaches to image making. An exhibition of the shortlisted projects will be on show at The Photographers’ Gallery from 8 March to 2 June 2019, before touring to Deutsche Börse’s headquarters in Eschborn/Frankfurt.  The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 16 May 2019. The Shortlisted Artists and Projects:

Laia Abril: (b. 1986, Spain) has been nominated for the publication On Abortion (Dewi Lew is Publishing, November 2017).

Laia Abril: Magdalena, 32, Poland, 2018 © Laia Abril, 2018

On Abortion is a visual research project that draws on the past, present and  current history of abortion to highlight the continuing erosion of women’s reproductive rights. For centuries, people have searched for ways to terminate unsafe or unwanted pregnancies. Despite the fact that today safe and efficient means of abortion exist, many women are still forced to resort to ancient, illegal or risky home methods resulting in approximately 47,000 deaths due to failed procedures each year. In this meticulously researched project, Abril documentsthe physical and psychological dangers caused by the continued lack of legal, safeand free access to abortion. Her collection of visual, audio and textual evidence graphically represents the consequences of unsafe procedures. It raises complex questions around the ethics and morality involved in any consideration of this subject, while exposing the myriad social triggers, stigmas and taboos that still persist around abortion and female health. On Abortion is the first chapter of Abril’s long term project, A History of Misogyny.

Susan Meiselas: (b. 1948, USA) has been nominated for the exhibition Mediations (Jeu de Paume, Paris, 6 February 30 May 2018).

Susan Meiselas: Sandinistas at the walls of the EsteliNational Guard headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua, 1979 ©Susan Meiselas, 201

Susan Meiselas is a leading documentary photographer, widely acknowledged for her work in conflict zones of Central America (1978 – 1983), and in particular for her powerful photographs of the Nicaraguan revolution. Favouring an immersive approach, she often collaborates with her subjects over long periods of time, and has focused on a wide range of challenging issues from ethnic and religious conflicts, human rights issues and the sex industry. Meiselas often adopts different methodologies in her process, in corporating photographic essays, installations, audio, film and the printed page. Mediations is the most comprehensive European retrospective of Meiselas’ work, bringing together series’ from the 1970s to the present day. The exhibition reveals her unique approach as an artist who has constantly questioned the status of the image in relation to the context in which it appears.

Arwed Messmer: (b. 1964, Germany) has been nominated for his exhibition RAF – No Evidence / Kein Beweis (ZEPHYR|Raum für Fotografie, Mannheim, 9 September – 5 November 2017).

Arwed Messmer: RAF No Evidence/Kein Beweis, 2017 © Arwed Messmer: research, concept and editing; source: Berlin Police Historical Collection, 2018

This comprehensive body of work reflects on the trajectory of the Red Army Faction (RAF) also referred to as the Baader – Meinhof Group. A far left extremist organisation, it was formed in 1970 and engaged in a series of violent terrorist attacks in Germany over the course of three decades. Focusing on the period 1967 to 1977, Messmer set out to chart and consider the group’s involvement in such events as the student protests of 1968 to the violent ‘German Autumn’ of 1977. The resulting project draws on a diversity of source materials from variousstate archives, including an extensive collection of investigative, forensic and documentary photographs ranging from the mundane to the surreal. By repurposing and recontextualising the tools and materials commonly used in police investigations and crime-scene reconstructions, Messmer’s ‘narrative’ examenes how images once used to collect evidence in criminal cases can now provide a different insight into our understanding of history.

Mark Ruwedel: (b. 1955, USA) is nominated for the exhibition Artist and Society: Mark Ruwedel (16 Feb –16 Dec 2018 at Tate Modern, London).

Mark Ruwedel: Antelope Valley 1438, 2008 © Mark Ruwedel, 2018

Having spent many years photographing across North America, Mark Ruwedel’s work explores how geological, historical and political events leave their marks on the landscape. The works in this exhibition date between 1995 –2012 and showcase his interest in the history of photography and conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 70s. Merging documentary and conceptual methods of image making, often repeatedly photographing the same subject matter, Ruwedel also finds influence in land art echoed in his expansive images of abandoned railways, nuclear testing sites and empty desert homes. His work echoes historical photographic processes exemplified through his use of obsolete photographic papers, traditional darkroom techniques and application of handwritten captions. His interest in the craft of photographic printing and the photograph-as-object is further evidenced by his hand-made artist’s books, which are a central part of his practice.

The 2019 Jury and statements

The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 jury are:

Sunil Gupta, artist, writer, activist and curator;Diane Dufour, Director of Le Bal, Paris; Felix Hoffmann, Chief Curator at C/O Berlin;Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt; Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, continues as the non-votingchair.

Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery: “The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prizewas established over 22 years ago to recognise and reward photographic talent and remains a significant barometer of innovation, originality and quality. Each year the artists selected for the prize are those perceived to uniquely address and expand the fluency and capabilities of the medium. The 2019 shortlist continues this legacy, exemplifying the myriad ways that photographic images engage with the world around us.Whether drawing on documentaryor conceptual approaches to the medium (Ruwedel,Meiselas, Abril) or by appropriating archival materials (Messmer), all four artists show a serious level of personal engagement and anundiluted awareness of, and reference to, past and present history. 3Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation: “We are delighted to announce the four finalists of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019. This year’s shortlist refers in an impressive way to the diversity of the medium of photography as an artistic form of expression as well as to its relevance in today’s world. The nominated projects include classic black-and-white photographs, archive-based positions as well asreflecting highly topical issues alongside strategies for understanding the past.  We are very much looking forward to presenting the exhibition at our premises in 2019 as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse.”

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