Eye on the World; ENTERTAINMENT 1 Leading Photographers Will Gather in Wales Next Weekend for a Jam-Packed Programme of Discussions, Interviews and Exhibitions. Here, Glenn Edwards, Founder of the Eye International Photography Festival, Picks His Favourite Images from Those Involved

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Eye on the World; ENTERTAINMENT 1 Leading Photographers Will Gather in Wales Next Weekend for a Jam-Packed Programme of Discussions, Interviews and Exhibitions. Here, Glenn Edwards, Founder of the Eye International Photography Festival, Picks His Favourite Images from Those Involved


IAN BERRY - FERRY, BANGLADESH I HAVE a quote on the front page of my website. It says: "If a picture means nothing to you, don't take it." It is a quote by a photographer who has influenced me throughout my career - Ian Berry.

Ian was invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join the elite photography agency Magnum after taking incredible work in '60s apartheid South Africa and other hot spots in the world.

This photograph is typical of his work, where information and storytelling is encapsulated in a single beautiful composition.

It was taken in Khaliajuri in Bangladesh of small boats ferrying people in monsoon rains from one part of the village to another, separated by flood waters.

Capturing moments are the essence of documentary photography and the second money is transferred from one hand to another while surrounded by the boats brings the whole story of the problems there to the reader in a most absorbing way.

IAN BERRY - NAMPULA RAIL STATION IN MOZAMBIQUE IAN'S second image is total observation in the busy Nampula rail station in Mozambique. As the train arrives from the west of the country, passengers and traders engulf the train but Ian has picked a mother and child as his subject.

She is like an oasis of colour among her surroundings and Ian has her perfectly surrounded by the chaos around. I find this image almost makes me homesick for Africa as it is a world I love.

ANGELE ETOUNDI ESSAMBA - EYE-DENTITY HAVING worked in Africa for the past 20 years, seeing the photography of Angele Etoundi Essamba is like a breath of fresh air.

Angele is from Cameroon but now works from Amsterdam having moved there via Paris. Her work is exhibited all over the world.

I love the way Angele is committed to a subject high on most African countries' agendas but is seldom covered - women's rights and empowerment.

I love the split of craggy uneven textures next to the smooth beauty of African skin and the vibrancy of colour. To me, it encapsulates the contradictions and charm that encompass a continent in a most alluring image.

We loved this image so much it was used for the festival poster.

JUSTIN MAXON - WHEN THE SPIRIT MOVES IT'S not often you can call somebody an original but I think I can justify it for Justin Maxon.

The multi award-winning photographer from northern California is a regular contributor to Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The New York Times and enjoys working on long term projects.

This image is from his When the Spirit Moves project, documenting the tragedy of small town Chester in Pennsylvania, where the wounds of racism still exist.

This is a picture you really have to look at and read. Taken with multi exposures it asks questions of what is happening in the image. For me, it is a worrying image of fear and isolation but this is the wonder of photography that to another it can mean something totally different. This is why I admire the work of Justin as it asks questions and makes the reader think.

JUSTIN MAXON - WILLOW CREEK, CALIFORNIA IT is the same for the second picture I've chosen by Justin, which features young girls dressed in their hand made fairy dresses on top of a log outside Willow Creek, California.

I find it quite an eerie image in the way it was taken but when you think it is girls probably at a party or fancy dress the reality could be totally different.

This can bring up ethical questions of truth but the truth is there and it is the mind it goes in that can change that.

CHARLIE WAITE - WIN GREEN CURLING SKY I'VE always been a "people photographer" so when I see the work of landscape photographers of the caliber of Charlie Waite my jaw drops with admiration. I love photographing people because they are moving and there is the challenge of photographing a moment in a fraction of a second. …

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