David Osborn | Professional Photographer, London
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David Osborn Photographer, London
Biography of David Osborn
First Class BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design, Camberwell School of Art, London. After university, taken on with Reuters News Agency in London. Eventually working full time, often working seven days a week. This was a multi-skilled job; news photographer, picture editor and picture desk manager. Film processing, printing, caption writing, wire transmission and planning event coverage. I worked for every national paper in Fleet Street, London and also AP and AFP. Through regular London embassy work, a set of my images are in the archives of the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. News photography is the best education to think about pictures in a functional, fast, and very natural way.
After London, I began work in Asia photographing color photo-stories for about a year to push myself up to the next level. I spent six months in the jungles of Mindanao, Philippines covering the Muslim fight for independence; covering both sides of the insurgency. I then moved to Sydney, Australia in 1990 and worked on The Australian Newspaper, followed by setting up a photographic studio in Sydney, shooting corporate work and annual reports for electronic companies. Returned to London in 2000 and began shooting Airports and Ports around the world for a publishing company, then BAA who owned London’s Heathrow Airport. I now only teach landscape photography workshops and Photoshop retouching full-time.
Hard News Photography
Reuters News Agency in London followed by Sydney and Manila, also shooting many assignments for AP (London), AFP (London & Sydney) and the Press Association (PA) in London. Newspapers assignments for The Independent, The London Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian (one year full time) and many Scandinavian newspapers. Work also included regular shifts as a Picture Editor for Reuter News Pictures (London) and The Australian Newspaper. Overseas work for the Photo Agency, Gamma (Paris). Full time job offer from Black Star Agency (New York).
My news assignments have included: The Royal Family and Princess Diana over 100 times, 5 Prime Ministers, 17 Foreign Ministers, 11 Heads of States, 6 Presidents, 1 Ex-President, 3 Kings and an Ex-King. I had to cover everything required from important funerals to 2 Riots and a Royal wedding. General events and sport such as London Auctions, Portraits, Tennis, Boxing, London Fashion Week, an Oil Rig Disaster in the North Sea, Kings Cross Station Disaster, IRA Christmas Bombing, Harrods Bombing. Personalities and bands like Michael Jackson, Wham, Queen, Terry Waite, Oliver Tambo and Benazir Bhutto to name a few. Angolan Peace Talks, a great many Embassy jobs, Band Aid, Film Awards, Bolshoi Ballets.
My advertising & PR work was for companies such as Burson-Marsteller, Ogilvy & Mather, Valin Pollen and direct clients included Alcatel, Nortel, GE (General Electrics), Phillips, British Telecom, Omega Watches, ICI, Balfour Beatty, BP, Shell Oil, Royal Institute of British Architects, Austin Rover, Cadbury, Schweppes, Pearl Assurance, Savills, BAA, Laing O’Rourke and Graphic Designers working on Annual Reports. Director portraits literally in the thousands over the years. Construction project photographer for One Hyde Park, London. Blocks of apartments just down the road from Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. At the time, the most expensive apartments in the world, a project worth £1.15 billion.
£4 billion Heathrow Terminal 5 Project – Chief photographer for six years on the biggest construction project in Europe at the time; documenting the construction of Heathrow Airports newest terminal building, Terminal 5 from muddy field to its opening by the Queen. My duties were to research and plan the all photographic coverage for the whole project, then photograph all key stages and the major developments to create a large archive of photographs for the future; handing in over 30,000 annual report quality images. My areas of sole responsibility were the main Terminal 5 building, all airfield and taxi way construction and tunnel construction for the Heathrow Express and London Underground trains.
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