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New Member: Michael Blann

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I was born by the sea in Hastings in 1970.
My father worked for the Foreign Office as a surveyor – my mother, a teacher for a local school.
My teens were spent exploring the south coast on a push-bike with dreams of riding the Tour De France one day.
After a year racing as an elite for a team in Australia (and my dream over) I headed home to get my education back on track with a place doing art (printmaking and illustration to be precise) at Kingston University.
I took my first “proper” pictures in Sofia, Bulgaria, which impressed the examiner enough to give me a degree and got my book in front of Eamonn McCabe at the Guardian who encouraged me to keep going.
A few years cutting my teeth in advertising agencies as a studio manager I followed my instinct with the help of a little push from John Wyatt Clarke and took the plunge as a freelance “photographer”!
No sooner had I made the leap I was offered the post at Getty Images as their London Creative Photographer. Naturally the promise of shooting all around the world and a brand new Hasselblad swayed my decision to join.
Fast forward 5 years and I have shot everything from scorpions and spiders in a studio, directing 250 models at the Emirates stadium to experiencing the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia creeking and groaning at 3am in the morning.
I’m now freelancing again, so if you would like me to pop in to show you the book please ping me an email and we can arrange a time.

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