Trade Press

See what the trade press have to say about United National Photographers. Browse through the articles and excerpts below from some of the country's top publications.

The British Journal of Photography - 24th October 2007

Press and PR photography agency United National Photographers (UNP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. UNP was founded in 1997 by picture editor and managing director Hamlet Mejloumian, and is now the UK's largest independent provider of press and PR photography in the country with 57 photographers based throughout the UK.

www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk - 8th Oct 2007

"Ten years of success for press and photo agency"

Press and PR photography agency United National Photographers is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Saltaire-based agency was founded by picture editor and managing director Hamlet Mejloumian as United Northern Photographers, but has since grown and changed its name to encompass the whole of the UK in 2000.

It is now one of the UK's largest independent providers of press and PR photography in the country, with a team of 57 experienced freelance photographers based nationwide and more than 20,000 assignments this year.

Hamlet said: "Our philosophy is very simple - we work with clients to build relationships, and add value to their organisation: our photography aims to combat 'picture fatigue'."

UNP pictures have been seen in publications worldwide, including Time magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, National Geographic, Hello!, and the British Journal of Photography, as well as every national newspaper in the UK.

UNP stills have been used by all the major British TV networks. Corporate clients include Beetroot, Redhouselane, Geronimo, BHP, Webber Shandwick, McCann Erickson, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, Launch, Black Horse, the Department of Health and the NHS.

To celebrate, UNP has produced a commemorative mouse mat with wrist supporting gel pad to send to clients and photographers.

Press Gazette - 1st September 2000

"Name Change for Expanding Agency"

The United Northern Photographers agency, which has expanded to cover the whole country, is changing its name to United National Photographers.

Based in Baildon, Yorkshire, and run by Armenian-born Hamlet Mejloumian, it now has a team of 38 photographers.

Panorama - February 1998

"The Bard of Bradford"

...Particularly sweet successes in UNP's short history include front page usage in The Guardian and The Mirror in December of a photograph of beef on the bone by Charles Knight. A portrait of David Hockney by Nigel Hillier also proved popular and was used in The Times, The Independent, The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph and The Scotsman...

The British Journal of Photography - 21st January 1998

A new picture agency has been launched in the north of England. United Northern Photographers has a range of freelance press photographers based in the leading towns across the north of England.

Press Gazette - 6th February 1998

"Nappiness is a photographer called Hamlet"

The founder of new United Northern Photographers agency was left holding the baby when the agency got its first national broadsheet commission - quite literally.

UNP boss Hamlet sent photographer Paula Solloway out on the rush job. In fact it was so rushed that there was no time to arrange a baby-sitter for Paula's baby daughter Jodie and Hamlet had to swap negatives for nappies.

'In this job, you must have good media contacts, quality photographers, an eye for a good story, discipline and a host of other skills,' said Hamlet. 'But baby-sitting isn't usually one of them.'

Hamlet, by the way, prefers to be known by the single moniker. Apparently after six years working in the British media, the Armenian born Hamlet Kamsar Grigory Mejloumian has yet to find a journalist who can spell or pronounce his name correctly.

British Journal of Photography - 6th September 2000

"UNP Colonises the South"

Picture agency United Northern Photographers (UNP) is looking to expand its network of photographers after crossing the north-south divide, less than four years after launch.

The Yorkshire-based agency, whose photographers work on a freelance basis for national newspapers, UK and foreign magazines and a wide range of PR and advertising companies, will now cover the whole of the UK under the new name of United National Photographers.

UNP decided on the name change after being commissioned to work increasingly in London, Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and the South of England. 'Now I am looking for new talents with a good eye for a picture to expand my network of photographers,' said founder Hamlet Kamsar Mejloumian.