Russell Boyce

Russell Boyce

Based
London, United Kingdom
Born
London, United Kingdom
Status
Photographer
“I respect photographers who try to improve their visual storytelling ability through hard work, ethically sound principles and a ceaseless questioning of the world around them.”

Beat

I work across the Reuters file, covering news, features and sports.

One Shot

. LONDON, UK. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
The hand of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is held by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh after her speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
“I was covering the State Opening of Parliament and was told what lens I needed to get the same picture that was shot every year. I wanted to take a risk and shoot something new, so I took a much longer lens. As the Queen stood up to take Prince Philip’s hand, I was too tight and could not get them both in the frame. I decided to crop their bodies out completely and focus on their hands. The picture was published widely. The ceremony had taken place for hundreds of years but this particular image had never been seen before.”

Profile

As a child I remember my family watching picture slideshows, the colour slides were projected onto a screen we had set up in the front room.

I started to explore photography at Art College where I was training as a painter. I was always interested in people and used to sketch in the street, capturing the movement of bodies and light. A tutor suggested I took a camera – the immediacy of the medium suited my personality; I was hooked.

My first paid for and published assignment was speed skating on Baston Fen in Norfolk. The fens freeze and people race on skates. It was freezing but my small 2” x 3” black and white picture was published in the Daily Telegraph the next day, which made me feel like a king.

Photographing a recently abandoned torture cell during the conflict in Kosovo left a huge mark on me. There were pictures of men, women and children who had been held captive, and blood-stained instruments of torture were lying on the floor. The pain and terror inflicted there was a tangible presence in the room.

I love covering breaking news, political machinations and even the impact of economic stories that reach every corner of the globe. What I enjoy most is photographers being able to explain complex stories visually, in a way that makes a long-term impact.

Paying customers are the audience I have in mind. Without people paying for our images, there would be no news photography industry.

I respect photographers who try to improve their visual storytelling ability through hard work, ethically sound principles and a ceaseless questioning of the world around them.

Behind the Scenes

London, United Kingdom. REUTERS
Russell Boyce stands outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
. London, London. REUTERS
Russel Boyce poses for a photograph before the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.