Cheryl Newman is an independent photography consultant and curator living in London. For more than fifteen years she was the Photography Director of the Telegraph Magazine where she raised the profile of the magazine commissioning intelligent and inventive photography worldwide. The magazine was the recipient of a number of photography awards under her direction including the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014.
She has been a committee member of the Royal Photographic Society and has served as a jury member for numerous photographic awards worldwide including; the Ian Parry Award, the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, the Getty Grant, the Lucie Awards, New York, the Santa Fe Editor’s Choice, HIPA Dubai, PhotoEvidence Book Award, the Flash Forward Award, the Bar Tur Photobook Award and the Moran Contemporary photography Prize, Sydney.
Faculty of the Bilder Nordic School in Oslo and a regular speaker on the photo circuit in the UK, US and Europe Newman also teaches workshops globally on fashion, editorial and documentary photography. At present she is curating, ‘Time To See’, a long-term exhibition and book project on Blindness within the Commonwealth for the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust, ‘We Feed The World’, an exhibition and book project documenting small framers globally and WATER for PondyPHOTO Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India. Also writes, lectures and consults on photography.
“During my twenty years as a photography director I was committed to working with young and emerging talent and gave many acclaimed photographers their first commissions including Capa Gold medal winner Marcus Bleasdale. I’ve worked with photographers as diverse as Nadav Kander and David LaChapelle. I’ve shot fashion with Stephen Shore and worked in Buckingham Palace with Mark Power. Inspired by the unexpected, I know instinctively how to develop and direct a photographer’s career whether photojournalist or a fashion photographer and I have great contacts in all areas.
I will help in shaping a professional portfolio with a distinct photographic identity, or working with a long-term project that requires a presentation form. I work independently on exhibitions which is a challenge I love and have produced and edited many book projects.
I am always excited to find new talent but am equally inspired to work with both emerging and established photographers. I am interested in both documentary and more artful practice and I understand how these methods of documentation can compliment each others and work together to produce both visually challenging and critically interesting work. Plus I am a brilliant editor and can sequence work with an intuitive and sensitive eye, you can trust me to bring something fresh and original to your work.
Photographers I work with can expect honesty, enthusiasm and commitment from me and I would expect them to be able to take gentle criticism when necessary, be open-minded and to take suggestions on board. I am a thoughtful reviewer who can talk through the portfolio and make positive suggestions for change or improvement in the work.
I am very excited to work with photographers developing on long-term projects in an environment of mutual respect.”