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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

A few months ago I'd just come off one of the most difficult, and at the same time, most remarkable and exhilarating, assignments of my career. Two weeks in the Caribbean, multiple locations, big productions, and tough weather, with clients, art directors, staff, and crew in attendance. At one point I think we shot for a dozen days straight in 10-14 different places.

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

I consider the photographs I take of people to be environmental portraits, even though there are no elaborate props or backgrounds in the images. I suppose I define "environmental" as adding a context to the photograph, or suggesting a lifestyle, interests, or relationships.

And when I'm taking photographs of people, less is definitely more. A...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

I'd been to the annual Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, India, before, so I knew what to expect when I visited the event last November: thousands of people, camel trading and camel races, circuses, markets, bathing in the nearby sacred lake, and a week's worth of festival atmosphere. But I didn't go to capture the chaos and excitement, the color and activity. Rather, I...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

A while back I had two big production shoots, one in India, the other in Shanghai. For both, the clients were with me all day, every day, and it was interesting that when they got around to comparing me to other stock and travel shooters they'd worked with--I'd asked them, of course, just to see how my operation stacked up to others'--they told me that...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

If you travel and take pictures you know that photographs like the ones you see here don't just happen. At least, not for me. It's more likely that you'll be able to capture found moments that approximate some of these images, but since I most often set out to fulfill an assignment of one sort or another--stock shots for specific markets or a client's...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Regular readers of this column know that Asia in general is a favorite place of mine. In fact, I cut my teeth in Asia: prior to being a travel and stock photographer, I was an editorial shooter, doing magazine stories and contributing images to books. I also did commercial, corporate, and annual report photography all over Asia.

Now I have a new...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

With a lot of my business coming from stock images, I travel at least six months of the year to take pictures related to travel, leisure, health, lifestyles, and business. Along with a lot of other stock and travel photographers, I've realized that the next frontiers for photographs are India and China. They are the emerging markets, and more and more photographs from those...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Not long ago I headed down to Mexico City from my home base in Austin for a week's worth of shooting and a few days of time off. I was the guest of my studio manager, Susannah, who is from Mexico City. She'd invited me down to visit her family, and I thought I'd combine the invitation with some serious stock shooting, complete with a crew, models--and...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

Here's an e-mail I sent to a friend at the end of June last year:

"Hey, man, I just returned from Prague with some pretty cool pictures--all lifestyle shots of models. I went with no planning, no preproduction, no shot list, no schedule. And no earthly idea of what I'd come back with. It was three days of me, my camera, a local...

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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

My first overseas trip combining travel and photography came in the summer of 1973, when I was one year out of high school. My uncle was the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and all his nephews got to work on a Merchant Marine ship over one summer in their lives. When it was my turn I worked in the kitchen on the ship and traveled to Scandinavia, England, and...