Bette is a photographic strategist with more than 30 years’ experience working across editorial photography.
Her career began on the newly launched Independent newspaper where her love of news and photojournalism was formed and spans some of the most iconic news stories and major events of our time. She’s worked across a number of national newspapers and was Director of Photography, News EMEA at Getty Images before forming her own company, twentynine. Throughout her career she’s been privileged to work with exceptional talent across a number of photographic disciplines and is passionate about working with the next generation to create the photographic storytellers of the future.
Bette says, ‘there has never been a better time for visual storytelling. The ability of imagery to engage, educate and inspire is more powerful, and the need for photographic identity more compelling, than ever before. One single frame has the capacity to tell the untold story. twentynine, gives me the opportunity to bring 30 years of experience at the forefront of editorial news photography to organisations looking to better communicate their individual stories.’
She’s participated in a number of panel discussions, been invited to speak about her career across schools and universities, given seminars, been a podcast guest, judged numerous industry competitions and been interviewed on TV and radio.
Stories and major events
Bette has worked across some of the most iconic stories of our time – from revolutions, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, elections, coups, the migrant crisis, wars and conflict, to royal weddings, papal appointments and visits, news coverage of Olympic endeavours and the ups and downs of football World Cups – Bette’s knowledge is extensive. At Getty Images, she built an award-winning news team, constantly looking for the untold story, looking behind the headlines, telling the real stories, this is what set the team apart from their competitors.
Whatever the story, telling it with compassion and humanity, building human connections and fostering a better understanding of our world through the power of photography is what drives her work.