Hear from documentary photographer Ian Weldon. You’ll discover: How Ian developed his unique style; the moment his idol Martin Parr contacted him; Internal vs external motivation; dealing with quarantine; dealing with success; the importance of studying the history of photography; working as a documentary photographer vs commercial; how he got hired by the top art directors in the world and much more!
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We chat about
- The moment his idol Martin Parr contacted him
- Developing a unique style
- Internal vs external motivation
- Dealing with quarantine
- Dealing with success
- The importance of studying the history of photography
- Working as a documentary photographer vs commercial
- How he got hired by the top art directors in the world
Ian shot more than 150 weddings in the UK and abroad and his individual style has led him to being feted as the “coolest wedding photographer in the world,” even while he continues to protest that he’s not a wedding photographer at all.
In 2019 Ian’s talent and dedication was rewarded with a solo exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, where his work is also now held in the permanent collection. Amazingly, this show was the first exhibition of wedding photography in a fine art gallery in the UK. Ever. It also coincided with the publication of a monograph entitled ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer‘ co published by the MPF and RRB Photo Books.
His photography has featured in numerous publications and websites worldwide (BBC World News, The Guardian, The Observer, Creative Review, i-D etc…) and he is also author and host of the popular and influential Outerfocus Podcast which explores the work of other photographers across all different fields of the genre.
As for the future, Ian intends to continue to shoot weddings in his own inimitable fashion while also branching out into more commercial work thus allowing him to further pursue more diverse personal projects, from bodybuilding culture to the decline of working men’s clubs and the world of British festivals. He’s happy to have reached a point in his life where he no longer has to tell people he’s a skiing instructor.
Ian Weldon is represented by DMB Represents