Guy Woodland is an award winning British photographer and publisher with an international portfolio. He has worked extensively in the UK, and across mainland Europe as well as Australia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Benin, Brazil and China. Early in his career he was under the tutelage of the late esteemed British photographer Lord (Patrick) Lichfield, who was first cousin to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Guy founded the UK based China Photos, and is co-founder of Sino Creative Associates and the Shanachie Publishing partnership, where he is also developing a platform for digitally printed on demand books and e-books.
In the last ten years he has contributed to and published over 30 photography and photo-essay books including: ‘World Heritage City’, a photo-essay book a book inspired by UNESCO with forewords by then British prime minister Tony Blair and Franceso Bandarin, the head of UNESCO'S World Heritage office in Paris; ‘Urban Reflections’, commissioned by the American multi-national Hewlett-Packard and which features a series of photo-essays focused on major cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and working with eminent photographers from the world renowned ‘Life Magazine’ and the famous Magnum photo agency.
His China focused works include ‘The Bond of Friendship’ photo essay book, a celebration of UK-China cultural and diplomatic relations, which has a foreword by the Chinese ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming. It features many of Guy’s scenic photographs and was distributed widely in the UK and China. He was also co-publisher of ‘The Icebreakers’, a history of the famous British 48 Group Club’s links with China; and ‘The Friendship Arch’, a photo-essay book which put the focus on Shanghai and its twin UK city of Liverpool, with forewords by the UK’s Lord Heseltine and the then Chinese ambassador to the UK, Zha Peixin.
Within his photographic remit Guy has established a worldwide reputation for his aerial shoots and his atmospheric style images of people and places. His photographs of the remarkable regeneration programme undertaken in China’s Sichuan Province following the disastrous 2008 Wenchuan earthquake were selected for a popular touring exhibition which was launched at the China National Museum in Beijing, and officially opened by China’s Culture Minister Wu Cai.
His other books include ‘Mighty Winds, Mighty Champions’, a special two volume book to celebrate the world famous Open Golf Championship for 2006.
He also worked with the organisers of the global charity aid organisation LIVE8 to publish UK celebrity Mike McCartney’s special book of photographs of the event ‘Live 8’ - with endorsements from Mike’s brother Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Bob Geldoff; He has also published ‘In A Kingdom Far Away’, a bi-lingual anthology of Russian folk tales translated and illustrated by school children in the UK and Russia.
Apart from publishing and design matters Guy operates an online global picture resource and continues to work worldwide as a photographer, specialising in urban and aerial photography.