20 April 2012


Rick Poyner has just posted a fascinating article on the Design Observer website about the work of photographer Philip Sayer, focusing particularly on his iconic portraiture throughout the 1980s for Blueprint magazine. Sayer has a long standing relationship with Marsden Woo and his own new website, the launch of which lead to Poyner's article, was designed and built by our Creative Consultant Alida Sayer.

'Like a lot of viewers, I first encountered Sayer’s photographs in the pages of Blueprint in the 1980s.... (the magazine) had over-sized pages so the pictures needed to work hard to justify all the space they were given and the cover, always a portrait in the early years, was the most critical of all. Sayer, an associate editor, became a master of the magnetically appealing cover shot....
Sayer was... an image-maker whose way of shooting people defined the classic look of Blueprint in those years, helping to give it a visual impact and an editorial presence that it has never equaled since.'
Words © Rick Poyner, from the article published 20 April 2012 on the designobserver.com website

Follow this link to view the article in full: http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=33738
Philip Sayer's website: http://www.philipsayerpartnership.com/

Arata Isozaki. Photograph: Phil Sayer. Art editors; Simon Esterson & Stephen Coates. May 1988

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