Derek Hudson with Patti Smith

Hanging about in Wadi Rum

With the ANC, South Africa

Derek Hudson is specialised in documentary and portrait photography for which he has received awards from the World Press Photo organisation of Amsterdam, honoured by the prestigious Art Director's Club of New York and received numerous recognitions for his still photography skills the world over. 

A highly experienced visual storyteller he chose early on in his career to document conflicts worldwide often reacting to news events at a moment's notice from bases in New York and Paris. Following a narrow escape when in Afghanistan in 2001 he turned his lens to less dangerous missions in travel related stories throughout the Mediterranean often in collaboration with French writer Jacques Maigne (see Naples, Tangiers and Alexandria in the Projects section) all while maintaining a keen eye in documentary photography projects. 

In the course of his career he has worked on regular commissions for Time, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Financial Times magazine, Stern, Télérama, Le Monde, Paris Match, Vogue France, Gruner + Jahr - Geo Magazine. His proudest accolade, a goal he set himself in his early 20's, came when honoured with his name on the masthead of LIFE magazine as their London based photographer for nine years up to the closure of the foremost pictorial title in 2000.

Self taught in the art of analog photography at the age of 17 Derek made the transition to the digital photographic process by applying the traditional methods mastered in the darkroom to the computerised photography of today. By adapting these skills to encompass the demands of clients in the fields of editorial, commercial and advertising photography he remains dedicated to uphold the highest standards in stills photography.     

Resident in Berlin Derek commutes to London, Paris and New York on assignments and personal projects. 


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