Our people

Troika Editions was founded in the spring of 2009 by Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter. We are motivated by our passion for photography and hope we can inspire a similar response in you.

Bridget Coaker

Bridget likes to be busy. She has recently been reviewing portfolios in Stockholm and at Rencontres d'Arles. She will be reviewing again later in the year at Paris Photo and at Houston Fotofest in 2012. In both 2009 and 2008 she curated the Hereford Photography Festival.

Besides running Troika Editions she is also night picture editor of the Guardian and Observer newspapers in London.

Bridget has worked professionally in pictures since leaving university, firstly at a fine art poster publishing house, next as the London bureau chief of Australian Consolidated Press and then until 2000 as Head of Picture Syndication at the Press Association, the UK's national news agency.

Her interest in culture runs deep, she has collected prints (photographic and otherwise) for many years. She is also musical; being a reasonable, if out of practice, pianist and the owner of a boudoir piano. She sings alto with the Chandos Chamber Choir.

Bridget is a dedicated foodie and in her spare time fancies herself as a bit of a cook.

Her personal blog can be read here.

An article by Bridget can be found on 1000 Words Magazine (follow the links for the Fall 2009 #06 issue and Anna Linderstam "In Search of the Unfathomable".)

Michael Walter

Michael studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic followed by a postgraduate course at the Slade School of Art. It was there he began to make photographs.

He has worked with Bridget for many years - jointly founding the Troika Photos picture agency in 2000. Under the banner of Troika Photos Michael has worked around the world, including Iraq during the 2003 war and Iran after the earthquake at Bam. He spent much time in the Balkans, to the extent that he was issued with a permanent correspondent's press card by the Ministry of Information in Belgrade. During this time he covered the fall of Milosevic and documented many of the changes that brought turmoil to this region.

It was a long trip through the Sahara that confirmed a turn away from editorial and a return to a more art-based approach to picture making. He found that a few weeks in the desert can have a remarkable effect on one's thinking.

Julian Cuppage is our business adviser. The former managing partner of the city law firm Wedlake Bell, Julian has provided valuable insight into the business side of our venture, not least in agreeing with us that it is a good idea!

Nick Robinson is a journalist who has cast his expert editing eye over our copy, correcting amongst other things, many literals and spelling mistakes as well as improving our use of English.

Ben Ruse, PR guru, has steered our marketing strategy.

Richard Sedley advises us on our web thinking and is Commercial Director at Foviance.

Ian Walker is a freelance internet advertising consultant and manages our online advertising.

We would like to thank: Ed Aves, Magali Avezou, Graham Berry, Nigel Fowler, Victoria Jenkins, Jon Levy, Philip Paul, Vicky Richardson, Elliot Smith, Ida Taavitsainen and friends and family for their support.

And last, but not least, we'd like to thank: Joseph, Riccardo and Maurizio at Polimekanos for taking on our site.