Canon Master | AIPP & NZIPP Grand Master | EIZO Ambassador
Landscape and Travel Photographer
(Photographic book publisher)
Mike Langford lives in a town named Twizel, which is in the middle of no-where in the south of the South Island of New Zealand. He is a landscape photographer, travel photographer and photographic book photographer/publisher, with over twenty-six books to his name. He has been a Professional Photographer for over thirty-five years and an international photographic awards judge and presenter for over thirty years. Together with his wife Jackie Ranken (who is a fine art photographer), they run photographic workshops both in New Zealand and internationally. They are both Canon Masters, Grand Masters of both the AIPP and the NZIPP and EIZO ambassadors.
'As a travel photographer, book producer, educator and awards judge, the one thing you need to be is visually literate. Hence all the books in my office. Some are art books, some travel, others social documentary but all have a collective thought, which is to pass on knowledge to other like-minded people like myself.
Research and reference is a large part of what I do. Without it I would go into a project blind, so it's best to find out as much as possible before I go anywhere. Other photographer’s ideas are also very important – the inspiration if you like. It's good to know what has already been done and by who. It allows me to go beyond that and to create something new and different.
Technology is the tool and creativity the purpose.'