UK Humanitarian Photographer and Documentary Photographer
Gary Austin provides professional humanitarian photojournalism and documentary photography services in the UK and globally. With 27 years of experience and with a distinctive, personal journalistic and documentary style he produces photographs full of drama, spontaneity and natural raw emotion. Gary accepts commissions for humanitarian editorial photography and documentary photography projects that uses his unique style and point of view on topics of environment, food, culture, traditions and social issues that affect the human condition.
Gary offers services in the following areas:
- Issue-led Documentary Photographer and Photojournalist
I generate my own story features on topical issues or assignments based on the needs of NGO’s non-profits and charities
- Humanitarian Investigative Photojournalism
or “Journalism of Attachment” for when being neutral or an aloof observer just won’t do! When a side has to be taken to show the people caught up in the story by living it with them, first hand. Not to just point out the problems, but to present solutions to the problems and highlighting the emotions and ordeals of the people who are – against all odds, still persevering to survive or make a difference.
- Humanitarian Photographer for NGO’s and Charities
requiring photojournalism, reportage or documentary photography for editorial and advertising campaigns on issues of human rights, environment and social issues or needing detailed studies, documentary evidence or reportage on behalf of people and cultures not represented in society or by the media who need a voice.
- Environmental Photographer
for campaign groups and NGO’s who need survey photography, reportage, public relations photography and images for websites and publicity.
- Social Media Reportage
The explosion in social networking sites over the past decade has transformed the way we communicate. To this end I have included equipment and workflow strategies to enable this for humanitarian and environmental campaigns which can be integrated into existing social media strategies used by a NGO or charity. I also run workshops on mobile journalism using smart phones for humanitarian and environmental organisations needing still images, audio, video or written text pieces or mixed media.
- Hazardous Environment Photographer
I have and will work in hazardous environments (HE) if covering humanitarian or environmental issues whether the cause is natural disaster or conflict. I don’t do war photography or the traditional ambulance chasing body-bag photojournalism as it doesn’t help show the cause or solution to the problem, neither does it help find peaceful solutions to conflict.
- Reportage Photographer, Photojournalist, Editorial and News Photographer
for the national media and magazines that require humanitarian or environmental photography and travels internationally as required.
Street Photography Commissions
One of Gary’s specialities is street photography, which makes for a powerful way of producing photographs in an honest and engaging way. His style allows an organisation to connect with its staff, supporters or customers on a personal level that captures the pride and values of the subjects, in addition to boosting satisfaction and confidence in its customers.
Street photography is not normally commissioned for advertising or for commercial use due to its random nature, but it is being used more and more by advertisers and companies as it is a popular art form, about reality. It has been used as art décor for eating establishments, construction works on train stations, café’s, city wide cultural studies and brand awareness campaigns by advertising companies.
Although street photography in its purist form, makes for some what random encounters, a loose brief with the mood, aesthetic, or description of what you are wanting to say can bring surprisingly good results. Model releases can be obtained by an assistant or two who follows myself as I make the photographs and negotiates with the subject/s for signing the release.
An alternative is to carefully stage the scene, using pre-hired or encountered talent from the street for more controlled result, but to look convincing needs the eye of a street photographer to be successful.