HOTSHOE is the UK's leading contemporary photography magazine, published 4 times a year HOTSHOE is repeatedly the first to spot and support innovative work. Our accessible features are not only the product of a powerful visual aesthetic, but also strong writing and intelligent design. 

The multitude of voices and opinion that makes up Hotshoe include some of the most important names in photography today, writing in one of the few truly independent publications. Forty years after the launch of our print magazine,The Hotshoe App edition was released, available on Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and iPad bringing a whole new world of contemporary photography through your postbox and onto your tablet.

Publisher: Charles Taylor 
Editor-in-Chief: Melissa DeWitt

Adrian Murrell: Executive Editor 

Commissioning Editor: Gregory Barker
Gregory Barker is a London based editor, writer and consultant. Having studied at The London College of Communication (LCC) and the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany, he is the co-founder of STANLEY/BARKER books, beautifully produced photo books. In 2011, he curated For Japan, a fundraising exhibition for Architecture for Humanity.

Editor-at-large: Sophie Balhetchet
Sophie Balhetchet is an award-winning producer of film and television drama and arts documentaries. She is a founder and past Chair of Women in Film & Television. She is a Lecturer in Film at the University of Westminster and has taught at various colleges including the National Film & Television School and the London Film School. She has a Masters in English Language & Literature from Somerville College Oxford. She writes on the arts for various publications and organisations, including the Old Vic. She is Hotshoe’s Editor-at-Large.


Joe Ahearne co-wrote Trance, Danny Boyle's latest release, based on a TV movie Ahearne wrote and directed in 2001. He directed five episodes of the BAFTA award-winning Doctor Who for which he was nominated for a directing BAFTA. He wrote and directed the Channel 4 vampire series Ultraviolet and wrote and directed for This Life, which received a Writers’ Guild award for the script team. He wrote and directed Apparitions and The Secret of Crickley Hall for BBC. He has written for Marvel Comics on Fantastic Four and Iron Man; and he is currently writing Beauty and the Beast for Disney. 

Joseph Akel is a writer based in New York City and San Francisco. A contributor to publications including, Artforum, Frieze, Modern Painters, and Interview among others, he is a Ph.D. candidate with the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley. In addition, Akel sits on the editorial board for the Berkeley humanities journal, qui parle. Among his current projects, Akel is working on a book examining the status of stock photography, positioning the commercially banal as roman à clef  in the critical debates surrounding the status of photography and the commodity fetish. 

Becky Beasley (b. 1975) is an artist who lives and works in St Leonards on Sea, UK. Exhibitions include: (solo) The Outside, Tate Britain Art Now (2012); Spike Island, Bristol (2013); 13 Pieces 17 Feet, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (2010); (group) British Art Show 7: In The Days of the Comet (touring 2010/11); Structure and Material, Arts Council Collection (touring 2010/11); La Carte D’Après Nature, curated by Thomas Demand, NMNM, Monaco (2010) which toured to Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2011). She is represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London and Francesca Minini, Milan. 

Tim Bishop worked on The Times covering news and sport for ten years, including a year based in New York, before joining the Sunday Telegraph in 1995 as Deputy Picture Editor with responsibility for home news, features and business. He was Secretary of the British Press Photographers Association for twenty years, and now sits on the committee of the UK Press Card Authority. Together with Dillon Bryden, he founded The Press Photographers’ Year (PPY), now in its fifth consecutive year, which has become the largest national photographic competition for press photographers in Europe, sponsored by Canon Cameras. Bishop was one of the photographers for the inaugural Canon Pro-Seminar workshop series, and lectures at photographic colleges.

David Campany writes, curates and makes art. Last year he received the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography. His books include Photography and Cinema (Reaktion, 2008), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (Afterall/MIT, 2011), Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (Steidl, 2013) and Gasoline (MACK, 2013). This year he curates Mark Neville's Deed Not Words for The Photographers’ Gallery and a large show of the work of Victor Burgin for Ambika P3.

Kevin Carter started his career in photography with his partner, shooting portraits over three decades ago. For the last ten years or so he has been a full-time freelance journalist and photographer, and has written numerous technical articles, hardware and software reviews and has many images published both in print and around the web. He has been fortunate to have used most modern film and digital SLRs as a reviewer, while his preference for the Mac is balanced by the expediency of the PC and he willingly runs both side-by-side.

Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and lecturer in Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (, an organization which aims to promote and study self-published photobooks. Since 2010 SPBH has organised events at The Photographers' Gallery, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London, C/O in Berlin and published two books. Previously, Ceschel curated exhibitions at Fashion Space Gallery in London and MiCamera in Milan, and is a regular contributor to FOAM Magazine and the British Journal of Photography.

Federica Chiocchetti is a PhD researcher in photography and fictions at the University of Westminster, the founder and director of the photo-literary platform, a writer and independent curator. Her forthcoming exhibitions include Amore e Piombo: The Photography of extremes in 1970s Italy, co-curated with Roger Hargreaves for the Archive of Modern Conflict as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, and Amateur Unconcern, around the theme of WW1 & the archive, for the Hungarian House of Photography in Budapest.

James Duncan Clark is a photographer and writer currently living and working in London. After completing a BA in Photography at Winchester School of Art and working in the digital advertising industry, he is now studying for a MA in Photography at the London College of Communication. James is a regular contributor to Hotshoe’s App Edition and has previously worked at Underground Gallery and assisted a number of commercial photographers.

Kevin J. Clarke is a writer and artist based in London. Since graduating in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster, he has contributed essays, articles and creative writing pieces to a range of magazines, exhibitions and artist's books while continuing to make visual work around the themes of technology and representation.  

A. D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2000 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to ARTnews, Art On Paper, Technology Review, Juliet Art Magazine (Italy), European Photography (Germany), La Fotografia (Spain), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries. In 2010 he received the J Dudley Johnston Award from the Royal Photographic Society (U.K.) for "sustained excellence in writing about photography". Coleman's widely read blog "Photocritic International" appears at Since 2005, exhibitions that he has curated have opened at museums, galleries, and festivals in Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Rumania, Slovakia, and the U.S.

Joanna L. Cresswell is an arts writer based in London. Having written for a number of magazines and journals, including British Journal of Photography, This Is Tomorrow, SuperMassiveBlackHole, ArtQuest and Miniclick, she is a regular contributor to Hotshoe's print and app editions. Joanna is also Project Manager and Editor at Self Publish, Be Happy.

Lorenzo Durantini is an artist and curator working between London and Italy. He curated Ristruttura at ProjectB, Milan, and is currently curating Brush it in at Flowers East, London. In 2013, he will curate Carpets and Riots along with several solo shows at ProjectB, and Sintassi at the Museum for Contemporary Art Rome (MACRO), where he has previously exhibited his own work.

Colin Finlay started his career in magazine publishing, managing the flagship titles of The Design Council and The Stage newspaper. At the same time, he was regularly reviewing opera and contemporary jazz in London. He was then appointed a director at Getty Images where he specialized in promoting their archival photography collections, including the Hulton Archive and Time & Life Pictures. Whilst there, he curated and presented photography exhibitions around the world. As Director of Strategic Development at Photoshot, his knowledge of the photography industry worldwide is considered encyclopaedic. He has been a regular contributor to photography magazines, including Hotshoe, for several years. Until recently, as Head of Image Resources at The Natural History Museum, London, he has been involved in all aspects of image production and management within the Museum and been responsible for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photography competitions. He is frequently in demand to judge other photography competitions and to speak about photography covering a wide range of genres.

Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer, photographer and media trainer. She has written for Hotshoe since 2004. A regular contributor to a number of photography titles in the UK and abroad, she completed a Master of Research in Humanities and Cultural Studies (London Consortium) in 2008. She travelled extensively throughout the 1990s and has lived and worked in Barcelona, Prague and Sydney. Gavin has delivered and managed photography projects for a number of charities and also facilitates Tri-Pod - a research and development group for visual artists and photographers. When she grows up, she wants to write a novel and a book about shop-window mannequins.

Colin Glen combines writing and academic studies with his practice as an artist. He has written for Artmonthly and a-n magazine and produced catalogue essays on artists such as Rachel Howard and Rob and Nick Carter. He is currently researching for an MLitt at the University of Bristol on the photographic documentation of art. He is represented by TJBoulting where he is currently showing drawings and graphite paintings. He lives between Stroud and London.

Jesse Aron Green was born in 1979 in Boston, MA. He received his MFA from UCLA and his BA from Harvard University. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at: CCA Zamek Ujazdowksi, Warsaw; Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown; Halle14, Leipzig; Tate Modern, London. Recent and upcoming group exhibitions include: Dance/Draw, ICA, Boston; 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He was a Henry Luce Scholar for 2008/09, a Trust for Mutual Understanding/Location One Fellow for 2009/10, and the Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College for 2010/11.

Barry W. Hughes is a photographer and founding editor/publisher of SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine. He has exhibited internationally and has been published widely. His practice explores ideas such as historical incidence, coincidence and accident, motivated by a desire to understand the tension between the intentional and unintentional gesture. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Naomi Itami is a cross-disciplinary artist working in lens-based media and sound.  Following her BA (Hons) from Columbia University, she received her MA from Manhattan School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and embarked on an international career in opera.  A long time proponent of contemporary music and cross-genre performance, she has participated in and recorded many seminal works by noted composers, choreographers, artists and directors.  She recently graduated with Distinction from the London College of Communication in MA Photography, has previously contributed to Hotshoe, and will be writing for the webzine Photomonitor in the near future.

Bill Kouwenhoven, never studied photography but rather foreign policy and comparative literature. He has brought an independent perspective to photography criticism for more than 15 years to publications such as Photo Metro from San Francisco where he was editor from 1996-2001 and Sf Camerawork where he curated the 25th anniversary show in 1997. Since moving to Berlin in 2002, he has also been a frequent contributor to such varied publications as PhotonewsEuropean Photography, the British Journal of PhotographyAfterimage, and Aperture, as well as contributing to monographs as varied as Ferit Kuyas's City of Ambition (Schilt Publishing, 2009) on Chongking and the Yangtze River and a catalogue of contemporary Spanish Photography and Video Art, Nuevas Historias (Hatje Cantz, 2008). He lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Zsuzsanna Kemenesi Ph.D. is a photographer and researcher of communication. She is the Chair, Adjunct Professor, Photographic Art Department, Art Faculty, University of Kaposvár, Hungary. She is also a visiting Lecturer at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest Hungary. Her Ph.D. thesis was about ”The Synthesis of Visual and Verbal Knowledge in Fine Art Photography”. She pursued postdoctoral research by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the University of Creation; Art, Design, Music & Social Work, Takasaki Gunma Japan. She is conducting research related to László Moholy-Nagy, initiated by the International Partnership Among Museums program of the American Associations of Museums.

Chris Littlewood is a curator based in London and currently works as the Photography Director at Flowers Gallery. The programme at Flowers has included exhibitions by the photographers Boomoon, Edward Burtynsky, Nadav Kander, Mona Kuhn, Jason Larkin, Robert Polidori, Simon Roberts and Michael Wolf. Through a dedicated photography space established by Chris in 2008, he has extended the programme to include exhibitions by the likes of Lorenzo Vitturi, Esther Teichmann, John MacLean and Julie Cockburn. Chris has lectured and tutored at UK and international universities and institutions including University of the Arts London, Architectural Association, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm and National Museum, Cardiff.

Holly Lucas is a photographer and writer based in London. She is a regular contributor to Vice; the Hotshoe blog; and is a finalist in the 2013 IdeasTap Photographic Award in association with Magnum Photos.

Edgar Martins has received many awards for his photographic work including the prestigious BES Photo Prize (Portugal), the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art Category) in May 2008, the Terry O’Neil Award, and a Jerwood Photography Prize. More recently he was awarded a SONY World Photography Award as well as 1st Prize at the International Photography Awards (Fine Art Abstract Category). He has exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, at museums and institutions such as PS1 MoMA (NYC), Belém Cultral Centre (Lisbon), Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro), Museu do Oriente (Lisbon), The Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris), amongst others. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Museu da Electricidade (Lisbon), the Venice Biennale 2011 and a touring show of his latest monograph This Is Not A House, which is scheduled to visit The New Art Gallery, Walsall and The Wapping Project, London, amongst other venues.

Bertrand Moullier spent his junior years in Paris Latin Quarter. Back in the late Seventies, there was probably no place on Earth with a higher concentration of art house cinemas offering a richer and more bewildering array of films in all genres and from all over the world. After obtaining a Master in History and Politics from La Sorbonne University, he moved to the UK where he has worked as professional advocate for the film industry since 1990. His company, NARVAL Media limited tenders services to international trade associations representing the business of film production and international sales. 

Colin Pantall is a Bath-based writer, photographer and lecturer. His pictures have been exhibited in London, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam. He has written for publications in the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia and is currently working as a visiting lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, George Pitts is a photographer, painter, writer, and professor of photography at Parsons The New School for Design. His photographs, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Canada; and have been published in: New York Magazine, The New Erotic Photography 1 and 2 (Taschen 2007, 2012), The Mammoth Book of New Erotic Photography (2010), amongst many more. His writing and essays have been published in: The Paris Review, The Partisan Review, S Magazine, Nomenus Quarterly, Hotshoe, Next Level, and The New Tough. For more information visit

Sophy Rickett was born 1970 in London. She graduated 1999 with an MA in Photography from the RCA. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Ffotogallery Cardiff; Alberto Peola, Turin, Italy. Group exhibitions include Centre Rhenan d’Art Contemporain, Alsace; Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Il Museo di Trento, Italy. In 2005 a monograph documenting 10 years of her photographic work was published by Steidl/ Photoworks. In 2010 she was awarded an Associate-ship at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.  Her latest film installation work will be previewed in the New Forest Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia before a UK tour starting at Arnolfini, Bristol in Jan 2012. Rickett lives and works in London. 

Faye Robson is an editor of illustrated books at Hayward Publishing, having previously worked on photography and fine art titles for Phaidon Press in London and Aperture Foundation in New York. She is also visual arts editor and features writer for bi-monthly culture magazine The Book, writes the photo-blog PLATE, and contributes regular photo-book reviews to Photo-eye magazine.

Anna Sansom is a British-born, Paris-based journalist who writes about contemporary art, the art market, photography, architecture, design and fashion. She contributes to publications such as The Art Newspaper, Whitewall, Eyemazing, Frame, Damn, Hercules and Viewpoint.

Amanda Schiff is a film producer, writer and artist. She lectures in screenwriting, is currently collaborating on a graphic novel and working on a novel and several film, TV and digital projects. She has had solo exhibitions of her multi-media artwork, including a four-month installation at the Grant Museum of Zoology in London. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award in 2001 and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, editor, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom. His photographic work is exhibited internationally, and he is a regular contributor of photography, articles, essays and interviews to a wide variety of publications. In 2004, Schuman founded the online photography journal, SeeSaw Magazine (, which is dedicated to presenting the finest in contemporary photography, having taking inspiration from Walker Evans’s statement, “[Photography] is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.” In 2010, Schuman curated Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs, one of the principal exhibitions at the FotoFest Biennial 2010; he is also a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Arts University College Bournemouth and the University of Brighton. For more information, please visit:

Cyrus Shahrad is an Iranian-English writer and musician living in South London. His short stories have featured in a range of magazines including Ambit and Huck and been commended at several national competitions including the Bridport Prize. He has worked as a journalist both in the UK and abroad, and in 2005 spent three months covering the presidential elections in Tehran for the Sunday Times; while there he also wrote a manuscript, The White World, which won the Daily Telegraph’s “Novel In A Year” Competition in 2007. When not writing he makes Iranian-influenced electronic music as Hiatus (

Rita Somosi studied art history and cultural management. She works as a freelance art critic and curator, specializing in jewellery design and contemporary art, with a special focus on photography. She lives and and works in Budapest.

Ron Steinman has been an award-winning senior producer for NBC News and NBC's Today Show. NBC News bureau chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War, then in Hong Kong and London, he later produced documentaries for A&E, TLC, The History Channel, and Discovery. Now an independent documentary producer, director and writer with Douglas/Steinman Productions, he is also the author of seven books including, The Soldiers’ Story, Women in Vietnam and  Inside Television’s First War: A Saigon Journal. He has been executive editor for The Digital Journalist and The Digital Filmmaker and writes about politics and media for Web sites, including the Photo Review.

Brienne Walsh is a freelance writer, photographer and critic living in Brooklyn. She frequently contributes to publications such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art in America, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Interview, Rangefinder and Paper. She is also a part-time editor for ShutterLoveOnline, and has written catalog essays on photographers such as LaToya Ruby Frazier. Although she received her MA from Columbia University in Critical Theory, she still doesn't quite get Baudrillard. Her true passion in life is writing on her personal blog, "A Brie Grows in Brooklyn"