The team

Antman 1:1000 brings together proven photographic, creative and production talent.


You will have seen their work. Multi award-winning and internationally recognised as leaders in their discipline they represent a range of styles and approaches.

Jill Mead, Zed Nelson, Antonio Olmos, Christian Sinibaldi and Zak Waters bring enviable experience and a vast skill set to the group. Corporate commissions include global brand leaders across all sectors, from Aston Martin to Zavvi. Editorial extends from Ramsay’s kitchen to Afghanistan by way of the Rio Grande and the Newbury by-pass. Subjects for portraiture, formal and environmental, have taken in faces from business to politics and include what are now considered iconic images for Malala Yousafzai and Leonard Cohen.

Jill Mead

“Working with Antman comes with many advantages: chief amongst them simply being able to concentrate on my job. The ratio of successful shots is testament to this. It’s immensely re-assuring to know that I’m in the right place, doing the right thing for the right reasons.”

Jill’s love of photography blossomed from expeditions with her family, taking pictures of remote, abandoned farms on the North York Moors, where she grew up, capturing both beauty and poignancy in their dereliction. Today her work spans a wide range from specialist shops across Europe, through urban gardening to breast-feeding mothers for UNICEF. She dovetails freelance commissions with work at The Guardian, where she leads a masterclass in Food Photography.

She now feels incomplete without a camera and says the great pleasure she gets from talking to people informs her photography.“Everyone has a story to tell. I am not sure how it happens but when I ask the un-askable questions people open up, whether I am working with a shy child or the most volatile chef on earth. This can be a key in obtaining the defining picture.”

Clients include British Airways, Marie Stopes, Public Lending Right, Body Shop, Tesco, Unicef, Save The children, Just Giving, Brasserie Blanc, Reed employment, Duracell, Kellys Ice Cream, Mumsnet and the Soil Association.

Editorial clients include The Guardian, The Observer, Country Living, Food & Travel, Quadrille, Harper Collins, Mitchell Beasley, Bloomsbury and Weidenfeld & Nicolson. She leads the Guardian masterclass in Food Photography.

Eating England; Fast Food; High Honey; The Virgin Gardener; Washing Lines; The Wild Gourmet; Wonderfoods for Kids

Zed Nelson

Gun Nation – a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly love affair with the gun – was Nelson’s seminal first book. The project has been awarded five major international photography prizes and is regarded by many as the definitive body of work on the subject.

Love Me – Nelson’s recently published second book – reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project explores how a new form of globalisation is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal brand. The project spans five years, and involved photography in 18 countries across five continents. ‘Love Me’ was nominated for the 2011 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, short-listed for the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography, and received First Prize in the 2010 Pictures of the Year International awards.

Commercial clients include: British Heart Foundation, Fairtrade Foundation, Oxfam, Vodaphone, More 4, Merrell, Budweiser, Fat Face, Thames Reach Bondway, Prudential, PPM Worldwide / PPM Ventures, Diageo, Anglo American, Whitbread PLC, Russell Jones & Walker, Blue Circle Industries plc, Mansfield Breweries plc, Fisons, Barclays plc, Carlsberg Tetley, Centrica, Competition commission, BAA, Smith & Nephew, ABN Amro, GlaxoWellcome, Volvo, Orange, Aston Martin, Jeep, Burton and Hugo Boss.

Editorial: Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph, Sunday Times, FT, Monocle, Economia, The Observor, TIME (USA), Fortune (USA), Bloomberg Businessweek (USA), Stern (Germany), GEO (Germany), Mare (Germany), DAS (Switzerland), Newsweek (Japan), D (Italy)

Previous awards include the Visa d’Or, France; First Prize in World Press Photo Competition; and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA.

Zed’s work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has had solo shows in London, Stockholm and New York.

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Antonio Olmos

Antonio is a photojournalist who has worked covering issues concerning human rights, the environment and conflict. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa for newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as leading NGOs.

Born in Mexico, he studied photojournalism at California State University. From 1988 the first three years of his career were spent as a staff photographer at the Miami Herald. Following which he returned to Mexico City to pursue the freelance path where he covered news stories for the Black Star agency.Based in London since 1994, Antonio was the recipent of a first place award in the ‘World Press for the People’ in the News category in 2001 for his work in the Palestinian occupied territories.

“My Approach to photography has always been that I always respect the subject no matter what. I have always tried to give an honest and fair representation of what I point the camera at. I try to make photographs that will engage the viewer and if that means using what many call beauty so be it. If you want people to listen through photography, you must engage the viewer, to get them to notice, to look, to pay attention. I bring the same approach to my portraits. I shoot on location and when possible in the subject’s environment. I use as little artifice as possible.”

In 2013 his first book, “The Landscape of Murder” was published, a project which documented every murder site in the city of London between 2011 and 2012.

Over the past two years, clients have included: The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The Independent Magazine and Sunday Review Magazine, New York Times, Sony UK, Fletcher Priest Architects, TEF Architects, Hope & Glory PR, Action Aid, Save the Children, Christian Aid, HelpAge International, Little Brown Books & Publishing, Faber & Faber,, Passion Capital, University College London, FACE Design, San Francisco Arts Commission, Skills Matter, Reader’s Digest, Transport for London, Sadler’s Wells, BA High Life Magazine.

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Christian Sinibaldi

Roman by birth and following a degree in Media, Sociology and Communication from the Università degli Studi di Roma, Christian arrived in London in 2003 in order to gain a better understanding of the photographic profession. Since July 2005 he has been a regular freelancer with The Guardian, and has grown to love the profession more and more.

In the last few years he has completed different projects in advertising, corporate and artistic imagery. His work has been published in several international magazines and newspapers, including The Independent Magazine, The Irish Times magazine, The Financial Timesmagazine, The Guardian Weekend, The Observer, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC and Rolling Stone. There has been frequent collaboration with Italian magazines including regular commissions from Conde Nast, Corriere delle Sera, D di DonnaRepubblica, L’Internazionale, GazzettaSport magazine, Gioia, Bell’Italia, Bell’Europa and more.

Christian has worked with charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres, Amnesty International and Age Concern. He’s recently been selected by the United Nations and placed on a roster of pre-approved candidates to eventually photograph their peacekeeping missions. Commercial work includes commissions from Selfridges, NHS, Cinzano, Southern Railway, Zavvi, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Metropolitan Police. Since 2010 he’s been involved with a publisher on a long term project based in the Caribbean which has entailed extensive travel and is also realising a photographic book for a large international shipping company.

Awards include the 2014 winning entry to the IPA One Shot:One World Competition, Exhibition in Los Angeles and he’s twice been shortlisted for The Royal Photographic Society Award and British press Photographer Award. His work has been exhibited in the USA, China, Italy and all over the UK.

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Zak Waters

From a working-class background in the North East, Zak has more than twenty years of experience and achieved recognition amongst his peers. He is an acute observer of people, their cultures and what makes them tick.

Over the last thirteen years he has completed a number of varied assignments for The Guardian, The Independent, TES, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph, including war zones, celebrities, people with mental health issues and those on the breadline. He has also covered a number of areas of conflict for various Non-Governmental Organisations. When time allows he pursues his own documentary projects.

In addition to his documentary portfolio he has photographed numerous advertising campaigns, reports, prospectuses and brochures for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world, including: BBC, Coca Cola, Capgemini, COI, M&C Saatchi, IKEA Business, IBM, Kingfisher, Black Star, Schneider Group, Agence VU, CH4 and KPMG.Zak has exhibited widely both in UK and USA and is a past winner of The Royal Photographic Society Terence Donovan Award.

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Alex Stannus and Sara Woollcombe have a successful history of directing and producing shoots for all manner of brands, organisations and charities. The founders of Antman have an established background in graphic design, art direction and production.

Alex Stannus

Art director, producer. In the former capacity, over the last few years Alex has spent an increasing amount of time on various sets and locations for TV commercials and major drama productions including ‘Black Mirror’ [Netflix] and the forthcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ [BBC/HBO].

Until shortly before the millennium, working alongside organisations such as BT, INMARSAT, Logica and The Institute of Education, he commissioned design and content for all media. It’s very likely he was the first person to use a digital camera and upload the images via satellite direct to a website from a remote location.

He is an Associate Laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Sara Woollcombe

Sara is a highly experienced graphic designer and art director. At the BBC she directed and produced graphics, titles, promos and short pieces for broadcast on award-winning teams for News and Current Affairs (including Newsnight), Music and Arts (including The Late Show) and the Natural History Unit. She formed an integral part of the team that set up BBC Arabic Television, which laid the foundations for Al Jazeera. Commercial clients have included Emporio Armani and Virgin Atlantic.

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