Bombay Flying Club is a close collaboration between professional photographers who are all driven by their personal passion and common love for great storytelling. Individually we shoot and produce compelling and important visual narratives that often focus on social- , environmental- or humanitarian issues. Together we create bigger and more complex journalistic projects that often turn into multi-media experiences and innovative story universes.
In 2014 we initiated the Mentorship Program where a select number of talented photographers were invited to work with us for a period of up to two years. The idea is to share knowledge and to help shape succesfull storylines that can captivate a global audience.
Poul Madsen is the founder of Bombay Flying Club. During an internship at The Indian Express in Mumbai, India in 2005, a film documentary grant initially kickstarted Madsen’s interest in advanced visual storytelling. Since then, his main focus has been to produce bigger international multimedia projects with a humanitarian, social or environmental approach. His projects and stories have taken him to countries like Ethiopia, India, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, The Maldives, Nepal and Uganda to document journalistic stories for a variety of international NGOs and media.
Madsen has received numerous recognitions and awards over the years for his work in short film festivals and in competitions like POYi, Best of Photojournalism, Anthropographia Awards, China International Press Photo Contest and Freedom To Create Prize. Today, he primarily works as a freelance photojournalist and teaches advanced international storytelling workshops all over the world. Madsen holds a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he also is a regular contributor as a part time ass. professor in multimedia. Poul Madsen was a jury member of the 2012 World Press Photo Multimedia Competition.
Henrik Kastenskov had his first experience with “Flash journalism” back in 2004 while interning at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, wetting his appetite for online journalism for real. After a stint as staff photographer Kastenskov teamed up with Poul and Bombay Flying Club in 2008 focusing on experimenting with the visual and narrative language of the web. As a result he has taught numerous workshops and masterclasses in the art of online storytelling all over the world as well as producing own projects and stories. Afghanistan, Kosovo, South Sudan, The Maldives, Northern Ireland and the greater part of Latin America has been in focus for his stories. He has been awarded several times in the Danish POY, POYi and Best of Photojournalism, both as photographer and producer. Today, Kastenskov’s focus remains on the development of an engaging narrative language for the inherently impatient online audience. Kastenskov holds a master in commercial photography from Media College Denmark and a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism – a school where he frequently appear as associate professor in multimedia apart from the daily work as a freelance photojournalist. Kastenskov has worked as member of the jury in World Press Photo, the Swedish-, Danish- and Norwegian POY contests.
Simon Sticker has always felt passionate about the world and the human interaction with it and in it. Being self-taught in photography and filmmaking, he felt this is the right medium to communicate the important, yet unseen stories and the stories that shape our future on this planet. A diploma in geography with further focus on megacities, city planning and development studies gave him the perfect feeding ground from which he embarked into the world of documentary filmmaking and photojournalism. For his work he tries to never bound himself to a specific medium, tools, restrictions, perceptions and stereotypes, but instead always experiments with new perspectives, forms of storytelling, tools and ideas. Simon has worked with a variety of international NGOs, like the World Health Organization or the Medical Relief Alliance, selected publications as well as corporate clients like Panasonic, to tell stories that matter, beside teaching workshops and participatory video and photo projects both in Europe and the developing world. In 2011 he founded the HUMANS Project, a multimedia project around ten basic questions about life, to create a platform for intercultural understanding. As a start he travelled for six months through Africa, recording more than 80 personal stories. Today Simon spends his time between his personal projects that focus on social and environmental issues, assignments for NGOs and teaching workshops. His vision is not only to connect people with the world through his stories, but also to empower more and more people in the developing world to tell their own stories.
Uwe H. Martin is a visual storyteller mainly working on long-term, in-depth, documentary photographic projects around the world. He documented the daily life in Bangladesh and the struggle of people suffering Narcolepsy. Currently he partners with Frauke Huber on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons water, seed and land: White Gold investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production. Their current visual research project LandRush analyzes the impact of large-scale agro investments on rural economies and land-rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land and the future of agriculture around the world. Both projects are part of the international art and research project World of Matter, which investigates primary materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. Over the years Uwe has received numerous recognitions and awards including the German Reporter Award, the Greenpeace Award, and the Development Media Award. He also served on the jury of the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, the Lumix Multimedia Award, the CPOY and the Bosch Masterclass „Future of Science Journalism“. Uwe studied photojournalism in Hanover, Germany and with the support of a Fulbright grant at the Missouri School of Journalism. Besides his photographic practice Uwe is teaching photography and multimedia storytelling at many different locations around the world among them the Camera Arts program at Lucerne University, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Akademie für Publizistik in Hamburg, the Fachhochschule Bielefeld and the University for the Arts in Bremen. Recently Uwe became a cofounder of Riff Reporter, a new ecosystem for independent journalists.
Frauke Huber is a visual storyteller who often lives with the families she documents. She becomes part of their daily life. Currently Frauke partners with Uwe H. Martin on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons water, seed and land: White Gold investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production. Their current visual research project LandRush analyzes the impact of large-scale agro investments on rural economies and land-rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land and the future of agriculture around the world. Both projects are part of the international art and research project World of Matter, which investigates primary materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. A sixth generation photographer, Frauke studied economics in Munich and Kiel, got her degree in photography in Kiel before taking over the family studio in 1994. Besides running the studio that concentrated on weddings, portraits and corporate, Frauke used every free minute shooting reportage at home and abroad, e.g. in different African countries, China, USA. In 2008 she finally left the studio to concentrate on her passion for documentary photography and film.
Ann Sophie Lindström´s work establishes an intimate insight on the people and places she documents. Her stories focus on unusual communities of people who are mostly ignored in society and who create a kind of substitute family for each other. She documented the life of a group of punks trying to survive in a capitalistic urban jungle in her series Punk ist kein Kaffeekränzchen, the African American Urban Horse Community in a high-crime neighbourhood of North Philadelphia in Don´t fence me in. Her current film The Bitter with the Sweet is a love story on the verge of madness between an elderly couple that tries to grow old together. The relationship with animals often plays a central role in Lindström’s work as well as in her everyday life.Her personal projects have been supported through grants from Centre National de l´Audiovisuel in Luxembourg, Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte and Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst and been awarded in CPOY, POYi and the VGH-Preis.Lindström studied photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Hanover, Germany. She became a mentee at the Bombay Flying Club in 2014 and was promoted as a full member in 2018. Besides working as an independent photographer and visual storyteller Lindström teaches photography at the International Class at the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover, Germany.
Anton Ligaarden has studied social anthropology in Bergen, and holds a BA in photojournalism from the Oslo and Akershus University College in Norway, where he has also appeared several times as a guest lecturer. While still in school, he won three awards in the Norwegian POY, amongst them first price in «Video reportage of the year». Anton has had an internship with NRK P3 Documentary, in Norway, and he continued to work with topics relevant for young people after that, especially as a video producer for Paragon Features «From the youth», a project that aims to portray the youth of Norway in the aftermath of the Utøya-massacre in 2011. Now, Anton is a freelancer primarily working with web documentaries for Norwegian newspapers.
Alex Masi is an Italian documentary photographer dedicated to exposing peculiar issues of human-made injustice, focusing mainly on children: their living conditions, their health and their human rights. He believes photography to be an essential channel for audiences to learn with immediacy, and to subconsciously empathize with people facing realities away from their immediate surroundings and personal experiences.
In May 2011, ‘The Photographers Giving Back Awards’, in Sweden, assigned Alex a unique grant to draft and implement a plan benefiting one of his subjects in Bhopal, India, and her entire family: http://www.alexmasi.co.uk/poonam. Alex strives to produce intimate images that can sensitize viewers in positive, engaging and proactive ways, hoping to contribute towards a slow change in people’s behaviour and policy-making. Alex Masi has won numerous awards and HMs over the years for his work including the 2013 Photocrati Fund, UNICEF Picture of the Year 2012, FotoEvidence Book Award 2012, Italian Journalistic Prize Enzo Baldoni 2012 and the 2011 Getty Grant for Good.
Jacob Zocherman grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, and graduated from high school in 2000. Three years later he studied journalism and after numerous trips to Asia and South America his interest for photography grew. These experiences – and the profound impact of photos from the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur – led to his decision to study photojournalism at the Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall, Sweden. In 2009 Jacob Zocherman was based in Nairobi and then moved to New York where he worked as an assistant to James Nachtwey. At the end of 2009 Jacob was selected as a member of Swedish photojournalist-agency Kontinent. In January 2010, Jacob Zocherman was one of the first photographers in the earthquake-struck Port Au Prince in Haiti. Since then, he has documented social issues and conflicts and their aftermaths in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 2013 he was based in Dakar, Senegal. Today, he sees his photojournalistic approach as a form of activism and is focusing on long-term projects together with assignments for clients such as New York Times, The Guardian, BBC among others. Most of 2014 he has spent in South Sudan to cover the conflict that broke out in December 2013 and the side effects it has brought to the country and its people.