Latest News - May 2023
A selection of my photos of city centre Manchester was published in Amateur Photographer magazine in May 2023.
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Fine Art Photography
Ian's first love is black and white fine art photography and he has been deeply inspired by famous fine art b&w photographers such as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Michael Kenna, Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen and Bill Brandt.
Here's a link to the section of this website where Ian discusses the five aspects of photography that are most important to him as an artist, namely Beauty, Simplicity, Great light, Truth and Individuality:
Ian Bramham: Artist's Statement
Fine art photographic prints of all the images that you will see on this site are available for purchase. Simply go to the Gallery section and click on the photo that you like and under it you will see a choice of print sizes and a button for adding your purchase to the shopping cart.
All prints are personally checked and signed by Ian Bramham.
Testimonials from purchasers of prints:
Many thanks! It is a beautiful print! Cannot wait to get it framed and put up on the wall
J.S. - Merseyside, England
"They are absolutely stunning! These prints are not only well packaged, but the craftsmanship is evident. I am so pleased with them."
L.A. - Pennsylvania, USA
"The prints have just arrived. I am so happy with them...they are really beautiful."
S.H. - London, UK
"The print is gorgeous. It is a beautiful piece of work and I cannot thank you enough for taking the shot and for making it affordable!....I have just taken the image in to be framed and I'll send you a shot of the finished product. Thank you again! Your work has brought quite a bit of joy to my wife and me!"
S.A. - New York, USA
"[The prints] arrived safely & in perfect condition!...had a look this morning & they're lovely. Can't wait to get them framed now!"
MS, Queensland, Australia
"The print arrived during the week....It's beautiful - the colours are stunning".
E.W. - London, UK
“The print arrived in perfect shape. It’s a wonderful photo. I saw you mention that you are influenced by Michael Kenna. I always thought some of your shots were reminiscent of his work… I have a couple of his photos. I am very happy to add yours to my collection!”
K.H. - California, USA.
“I came across Ian’s work whilst searching through Flickr - this led me to his website and photography portfolio.As a keen photographer myself, I find Ian’s work stands out for it’s stylish simplicity and thoughtfulness, which is not easy to convey in an image. His website has a professional layout and is simple to navigate, yet uncluttered, leaving the images to speak for themselves.Ian’s website also contains a wealth of information and blogs and I noticed that he was exhibiting some of his latest fine art photography at a gallery in Macclesfield. Having missed the opening I contacted Ian, who very kindly agreed to meet up to discuss his work and answer my many questions. This has been a great help and source of inspiration for my own photography.I must say his images are even more impressive in print and I am very happy to have purchased two black and white framed photographs of my home town of Manchester - the image quality is second to none.”
A.R. - Manchester, UK (5 * Google Review)
“Ian, that is the very embodiment of "above and beyond" - thank you so much! One of the prints is a birthday present for my sister, and now there will be a great story behind its trip to her.....Thanks again for the incredible customer service, Ian - truly amazing!”
R.G. - Seattle, USA.
“I've received the prints. I have to say, they look just stunning. I am indeed delighted.
Thanks very much for taking such care in producing them……Don't be at all surprised if you see more orders from me in the future!”
P.T. - Glasgow, UK.
“Thank you very much for sending the photo so quickly and making special arrangements for delivery. The photo is lovely and I'm getting it framed for the wedding. Thanks again.”
H.M. - London, UK.
“I'm really looking forward to getting this framed! It's going to sit perfectly in my lounge. You're in great company, we've just had two of Bill Brandt's post war nudes framed and hung on our bedroom wall...”
M.S. - Staffordshire, UK.
“The package was here when I got home from work-Mr A was home so took delivery. It arrived this morning. The photograph is beautiful…….Thank you so much for your care and attention.”
R.A .– Warwickshire, UK.
Testimonials from Magazine editors:
Winning Photograph - Amateur Photographer Magazine's APOY 2021 competition - Travel Category.
"Ask someone to describe a typical travel shot and they might suggest something like a local market, lots of colour, and anything that looks different to our eyes. It’s unlikely they’d think of a black & white image taken in monsoon conditions. But that’s exactly why Ian’s photograph stood out – because it’s different from the average travel picture. The teeming rain makes the image seem almost like a pencil drawing, but there’s enough detail in the skyline to give the viewer a sense of place. These elements alone wouldn’t be enough, though, so the inclusion of the dock and ferry on the left helps anchor the scene. Great composition, hugely atmospheric, and a change from the norm. What more could we ask for?"
Jordan Banks, Guest Judge, Amateur Photographer magazine's APOY 2021 photographer of the year competition
Winning Photograph - Amateur Photographer Magazine's APOY 2021 competition - Black and White Category.
“This atmospheric image has been handled extremely well, particularly as it was shot in conditions that can be tricky. Despite its bright highlights and dark shadows, giving a very wide range for the camera’s sensor to record, Ian has managed to capture detail in every part of the image. The verticals have been kept vertical, which helps the viewer appreciate the scale of the architecture. The perspective and lead-in lines take you through the image, but everything is brought together by the figure walking through the scene on the right. Silhouetted agains the bright fog and carrying a bag, they make me start to ask questions. Where are they going? Where have they been? What is in their bag? Why are they the only person in the image and where is everyone else? This small but perfect detail completes the image. Creating a narrative that make your viewer stop and ask questions always makes a picture all the more compelling and effective.
Gavin Prest, Guest Judge, Amateur Photographer magazine's APOY 2021 photographer of the year competition - Black and White category.
This is a wonderfully atmospheric image reminiscent of classic photography from Life magazine. It feels like it could be 1950s Chicago. The solitary pedestrian, perfectly positioned, adds a much needed focal point.
Nigel Atherton, Editor, Amateur Photographer magazine.
“Ian has shown the skill that all great photographers have – the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary…..some might tell you that a great landscape requires a pretty view but Ian’s shot doesn’t so much argue with that as beat it over the head with a coal shovel and run off with its wallet”
Kingsley Singleton - Deputy Editor, Digital Photo magazine
“Less is often more. Ian’s rather minimalist landscape revels in its simplicity and calmness”
Andrew James - Editor in Chief, Practical Photography magazine
“beautifully composed, a truly sophisticated shot”
Astrid Kogler - Deputy Art Editor, Building magazine
This shot of geese flying through a rainstorm in Iceland splits itself into three compositional levels, all of which balance to create a thoroughly atmospheric shot.
Amateur Photographer Magazine - APOY 2013 Competition
“It’s all about the two silhouetted figures. With them in the picture you’ve got an evocative story-telling picture…..they give such a brilliant scale to the place. They make the beach seem huge and empty and slightly desolate”
Ben Hawkins - Deputy Editor, Practical Photography magazine
All images on this site are © Ian Bramham