Q&A: Hamish Crooks – Magnum Photos – on attending Visa pour l’image Perpignan

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Hamish is Global Licensing Director at Magnum Photos based in London, PAN had a coffee with him and fired a few questions about his plans for Visa pour l’image Perpignan this year including what advice he has for a ‘Visa’ first timer.

Which dates will you be attending Visa pour l’image Perpignan?
From Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th, but others in team will be there until Sunday 7th September

When did you first attend Visa?
2002

Will Magnum Photos be exhibiting?
No

How many times have you attended?
12

Do you stay in Perpignan or travel in each day?
Stay in Perpignan

What is the main aim of your visit to Visa this year?
For me, see partner agencies and potential partner agencies and some clients, if possible. Our sales teams set up meetings with clients

How should a photographer approach you for representation?
We give them info on how apply for membership of Magnum – they apply through the photographers of the office that manages their region, so portfolio viewing would have to be forwarded through each office. We do look at portfolios in Perpignan if there’s time, but application is once a year only and better to go through Magnum photographers anyway

Are you expecting to hear anything new or innovative in the photo industry at the festival this year?
No

Which photo exhibition is a ‘must see’ for you this year?
Nothing is a “must see” for me. Some potentially good shows though

Any advice for Visa first timers?
See as many exhibitions and screenings as you can – gives you a chance to think of your own approach to documenting stories as many shows in Perpignan are from a similar perspective – it can spur you to widen your narrative sense and horizons. If you’re a photographer, don’t be too dismayed by the lack of clients you may get to see – It’s often easier to visit them at work. And don’t be dismayed by the number of photographers looking for work.

What is a ‘Must Do’ for Visa first timers?
Cycle or motorbike up the Pyrenees to Andorra and visit Collioure if you have spare time

• Hamish Crooks recently returned to Magnum after eight years in Product Development at Reuters Photos.
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