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Seamus Conlan ART DIRECTOR & DEVELOPMENT

Seamus was named the 16th of the “100 most important people in photography” in American Photo magazine for creating the 4th largest photo agency in the world- WpN. Life Magazine honored him for having taken one of the ‘100 images that changed the world’ ‘Lost Children of Rwanda’ after he initiated a photo tracing campaign in Rwanda during the genocide to reunite 21,000 lost children.

Seamus began his career as an apprentice in a large advertising agency in England. Learning the full trade of advertising & marketing first hand in each department from Print & Photography to outdoor media, Radio and Television over a five years apprenticeship. Later opened his first creative shop THE DIRECTORS CHAIR that created campaigns for such companies as Nike and Ted Baker. This led to a lifetime love of design that grew to include commercial photography and later into photojournalism.

With over 20 years of international photo journalistic and television experience. He covered the war in Iraq and set up a news bureau for PEOPLE magazine,Time Inc. months before and then during the US led invasion. His coverage as a unilateral in Baghdad during the US bombing campaign and the fall of Baghdad was later used along with his diaries in the book ‘Witness Iraq’.

His coverage of news stories and documentaries has been vast: he crossed the front line with the Mujahideen for the fall of Kabul when the US assisted the over throw of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In Gaza he covered a dangerous story about female suicide bombers. During the NATO invasion of Kosovo he did however end up kidnapped for a short period on his way through Albania for GQ magazine. Every country has a different story and Seamus has covered a lot of them including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Serbia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burundi, India, Kashmir, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zimbabwe for magazines such as LIFE, National Geographic, People Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, Stern and Paris Match. Seamus has also worked for TV news organizations such as CNN, the BBC, APTV, NHK, Canal Plus, ITV, Channel 4 Television to name a few.

In 2001 Seamus created what quickly became the 4th largest photo agency in the world, WpN. Leading a team of technology developers Seamus was able to create a solution that allowed WpN’s over 5,000 world wide clients access to thousands of images and over 700 photographers in 72 countries instantly. Seamus was able to create a photo agency that integrated traditional media with interactive media to cross multiple platforms. Creating multiple partnerships with like-minded companies insuring that WpN had sustainability beyond its traditional core business. Seamus continued to build the agency into a successful brand before leaving in 2006 to form ‘Farrell Conlan Media’.

Going back to his roots of design with the added knowledge of technology Farrell Conlan Media was created in 2007 with Tara Farrell to house a variety of services from web design and development, art direction, graphic design, corporate branding, advertising and production.

Seamus also judges many international photographic awards and recently curated the 25th anniversary exhibit for the ‘International Center for Journalists’.

We found this old tape from ’94 that we thought you might like to see. Click the image to play.

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During the Rwandan war in 1994, Seamus Conlan brought together the resources of the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, Eastman Kodak and Life magazine to help reunite more than 21,000 lost children with their parents using photographic images. Together, Seamus Conlan and Tara Farrell photographed over 21,000 lost and missing children in Rwanda and the boarding countries to help reunite them with their families during 1994 to 1996. Tracing centers were set up by NGO's in dozens of refugee camps where food and water was distributed to display the imagery in search of a family member. Over 80% of the children were successfully reunited with a surviving family member and is now a standard form of tracing people in developing nations. The process evolved into “The Lost Children of Rwanda” one of the largest traveling photo exhibitions in history (21,000 images) opening at the ICP – International Center of Photography in New York and continuing onto the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in a joint exhibition with celebrity photographer Mark Seliger. The exhibit continued to travel the world for many years, with coverage in hundreds of major print and broadcast media. “The Lost Children of Rwanda” was given a ‘Directors Club’ award for the use of imagery.

Tara Farrell DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION,

With over fifteen years experience producing photo shoots and television programs internationally for editorial and commercial clients such as Vanity Fair, People, Life Time Television, Marie Claire, GQ, Fox News, NBC,New York Times, National Geographic to mention a few. Tara has spent her career developing a professional network of creative individuals from photographers to stylists in all areas from entertainment, reportage to portraiture. Along with organizing locations and securing talent she brings expertise in negotiating budgets for all aspects of photo development and production along with having experience working with major publications and publicity departments to produce material that is successful for the promotion of the brand and editorial stories.

A former Associated Press photographer with 10 years of international experience, she worked together with Seamus Conlan photographing more than 21,000 lost children to help reunite them with their parents after the Rwandan genocide in 1994. For the unique compilation image of 21,000 children they were given the Art Directors Club award and ‘The Lost Children of Rwanda’ was named one of the “100 images that changed the world” by Life magazine.

Tara co-founded WorldPictureNews -WpN in 2000 and as Editorial Director oversaw the editorial direction of WpN and formed international working partnerships to represent the work of WpN photographers in Celebrity/Entertainment, Reportage, and Commercial photography. Tara produced and organized photo shoots for over 700 photographers in 72 countries, overseeing an editorial staff of 20 that would edit their work for over 5,000 clients that WpN worked with around the world. Tara built the Multimedia division of WpN creating original programming for the web to be used on multiple platforms and mobile devices. Tara’s eye for a story lead to many famous articles being published including the Vanity Fair exclusive of the US marines that lead the battle of fallujah where four Marines were charged with unpremeditated murder this quickly went on to be a world topic for sometime. She negotiated with Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan RAWA to smuggle out exclusive images of the executions in the Kabul soccer stadium that ran across the world to show the brutality of the Taliban. She was head of development to produce the story of Mary Kay Letourneau wedding that was sold exclusively to Entertainment Tonight during sweeps. Tara has also worked extensively in television for WpN and independently for major broadcasters creating several exclusive feature programs for NOS Netherlands, NHK Japan, NDZ Germany, RDF England, Fox News, and NBC News.

Tara later co-founded Farrell Conlan Media in 2007 to house a variety of services from web design and development, art direction, graphic design, corporate branding, advertising and production.