The Visible Artist

Louise Long

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Episode notes

How can you thrive as a freelance fine art photographer? What it is like photographing incredible artists such as Phyllida Barlow surrounded by their artworks? How can photographers balance their artistic practice with other revenue-driving avenues? What are the alternative ways to present your work in printed form? How are residential residencies structured? What can you learn from undertaking a Masters in Fine Art Photography?

This week I was delighted to chat to photographer Louise Long in her home in Hackney. After graduating with a Fine Art Photography Masters from the Royal College of Art, Louise has spent the last five years balancing her own practice with editorial projects. 

Collaboration plays a key role in Louise’s work; she has spent time with like-minded artists on residency programmes in upstate New York, Paris and Bromolla Sweden - and enjoys working with other artists on art books to showcase her work in printed form. She has recently founded the Linseed Journal, due to launch soon, this will feature work by photographers, illustrators and poets.

For her editorial work, Louise combines her photography with writing - her client list includes British Vogue, House & Garden and Wallpaper - and she has interviewed incredible artists such as Phyllida Barlow and Paula Rego. 

I was fascinated to hear about her journey so far. We discussed alternative ways to exhibit your work as a photographer; how to balance personal and commercial work; and much more.

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Hosted and produced by Sophie Loxton Lucas, The Visible Artist podcast features individual artists and their paths to success within the creative world. Alongside conversations with an array of practicing artists, Sophie chats to key art world protagonists about their experiences of working with artists. The Visible Artist podcast is a must-listen for any artists looking to make their mark in today’s art world. 

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