Cities at Dawn
Cities at Dawn is run by fine art and commercial photographer Anthony Epes and his wife Diana Bird. Anthony and Diana have spent the last two years travelling to some of the world’s most beautiful cities (with their kids in toe) always seeking the beauty, peace and mesmerising qualities of dawn.
ANTHONY EPES is a fine art and commercial photographer from California who has been based in London since being commissioned for his first book London at Dawn. The book was a collaboration with John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, who had come up with the idea whilst sleeping rough in the streets of London in the 60′s.
Anthony is a senior UK member of the International Environmental Photographers Association based in Japan, a member of the ‘Courvoisier Future 500’, a collection of rising stars in their field, and the Photo Editor on the Big Issue in the USA. His recent projects include the Homeless World Cup, shot in Mexico City in 2012 and Poznan in 2013. Anthony’s work has been featured in French Photo magazine, BBC, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer, The Big Issue, The Telegraph, Time Out and many other international and national publications.
Anthony has exhibited widely in the UK as well as in the US and Japan and has a growing number of private collectors of his work. He shoots many of his fine art projects on film and has developed his own colour process that gives a unique quality to some of his projects. He is a keen proponent of the Pop-up Gallery movement, utilising empty spaces to create installations and creative spaces for his own work and and other artists. The first pop-up gallery Anthony launched was held in an old banana warehouse in Borough Market 10 years ago sttracting market traders, Cabinet Ministers, Office workers and photography collectors to buy his work.
Anthony’s commercial work clients have included Deutsche Bank Citizenship UK, Channel Four, Prison Reform Trust, St Giles Trust, Wedge Card and The Big Issue.
Last year Anthony launched his workshops taking amateur photographers and intrepid Londoners through the dawn and early morning streets and teaching them how to photograph this city at this magical time. The Telegraph recently recommended the workshops, other press has included BBC London Robert Elms show, Independent on Sunday, Digital Photographer, Time Out, Photography Blog, see Press for more details. Anthony has also run special workshops and talks for the Guardian Masterclass series, Southbank Centre and Create London festival.
Photographing cities at dawn is a photographers paradise. The light is incredible and the city is virtually empty. There are plentiful opportunities to create stunning images and I am always amazed at how few people take advantage of this time. In my workshops I teach how to photograph the dawn light – from the ‘blue hour’ when the sky turns from black, to deep blue and then starts to break open with sunlight. We will photograph the iconic views of each city as well as discovering hidden spots and interesting characters.
I love teaching workshops and sharing my passion, skills and creativity. Photography has taught me so much about how to appreciate this amazing world that we live in – and I love to share it with people who have as much passion for photography as I do.
DIANA BIRD Previous to running a photo business with her husband serial entrepreneur Diana created the successful loyalty card for local shops Wedge Card, Europe’s most popular creative writing website ABCtales.com and the acclaimed event catering company Lady Bird’s Kitchen. Read about Diana’s new adventures on her blog blondebird.wordpress.com
Paris at Dawn and London at Dawn reveal a vision of the capitals that is rarely seen by its inhabitants. The emptiness of its streets, the mesmerising qualities of the dawn light and the calm that pervades these beautiful cities before the chaos of the working day is captured by photographer Anthony Epes in these stunning new collections. The dawn hours of London and Paris, particularly in summer, are often a hidden time, a moment of quiet in these exhaustingly busy cities. As well as capturing the beauty and iconic views of each city Anthony reveals hidden spots, the grittiness and realities of each city, all photographed when the streets are bare, exposed and empty.
Following on from the success of the first edition of London at Dawn (Metro Publishing, 2003), Anthony has rephotographed London and presents a a revised and updated collection of work for the second edition. London at Dawn is published alongside his new book Paris at Dawn.
Foreword to London at Dawn by Stephen Fry, Foreword to Paris at Dawn by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue. 10% of net proceeds from the book and limited edition print sales from the project will be donated to The Big Issue.