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One Vision - European Photography Competition


Jury: Robert Taylor


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Robert Taylor
Carlo Gargiulo
Dr Jan Van Lunzen
Bruno Rascão
Marc Riboud
Ángel Diaz Sanchez

Robert Taylor

Chair, One Vision European Panel of Judges


Robert Taylor is Chairman of the Panel of Judges for the One Vision European Photographic Competition. He did, however, not start out as a photographer.

Robert was born in 1958 and now lives in Oxford, UK. He started his working life in the Royal Air Force in 1975. He then graduated in law from the University of Leicester and qualified as a barrister, before a 5 year stint in educational book publishing working on sex education and automotive engineering projects. This period provided him with a great opportunity to move from amateur to professional photography. His responsibilities quickly developed from picture research and picture editing to supplying original images for special projects.

Robert's first major photographic commission was a collection of portraits of 33 key figures in the British education establishment bound into a large hardback volume. Several of the pictures from this book were among the first batch of a number of sales to the National Portrait Gallery.

Other major commissions include official photography at the 75th Anniversary celebrations for the Save the Children Fund (comprising informal portraits of the Princess Royal and other special guests).

A small number of Robert's figurative images are held in the photography collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His work has also been exhibited widely at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Sex education became important again in the early 1990s and Robert received a commission from a major publisher to illustrate ‘Safer Sexy', a very frank safe sex education book for gay men by Peter Tatchell. At a time of fear and great ignorance relating to HIV/AIDS and some of the most restrictive censorship in 20 years, the book's ‘no holds barred' approach to getting its message across caused a great stir. It was a great success both in the UK and the USA.

I have always been interested in how various people are, and the possibility that the differences between people are as exciting as they are threatening. Photography has provided a highly privileged vantage point for the satisfaction of my endless curiosity about people and their ‘ways'. Whilst photography remains my central interest, I enjoy collaborative distractions such as the co-production of a Channel 4 comic documentary (Black Divas, broadcast in 1996), and some more recent television work in front of the camera" Robert Taylor.