Stephen Mayes is a strategist working with institutions and individuals to develop effective visual communications in a fast changing media environment. With broad experience at top levels of the photographic industry my practice embraces all aspects of creative management including project design, execution, distribution strategies and business structures. My perspective is informed by a rich mix of experience in the fields of photojournalism, fashion, commercial and art photography.
Staying Relevant and Working in Photography Today
How do freelance photographers continue to make a living in the industry? What conscious professional and business choices did they make and why?
The Everyday Movement and the Uphill Battle Against Media Stereotypes
Since the @everydayafrica feed launched on Instagram two years ago, the concept has grown into a global movement of photographers using daily-life imagery to fight stereotypes on a community, city, country, or continent level: from @everydaybronx to @everydayasia, from @everydaylatinamerica to @everydayiran, from @everydayusa to @everydayeasterneurope, and dozens more.
Photojournalism in Flux: A Matter of Ethics or Context?
The past year or so has been filled with controversy and debate about particular news images. An expert panel looks at key examples. The goal is to understand these debates less in terms of ethical breaches than the result of rapid shifts in aesthetics and technology and the continuing evolution of both social media and the online news/media market.
Luminance: iPhoneography – Making Money With Your Phone
Whether it’s brands wanting to access their 1 million followers on Instagram, workshops featuring iPhoneography technique, or even commissioned editorial shoots for photos taken with a cellphone, there’s money in cellphoneography. This panel of magazine editors and pro photographers will talk about what drove the shift from contempt to fervor for this truly innovative photographic style.