showcase london issue 121 Jul 2008Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the finest selection of talent currently at work in the Capital's visual media industry, with more info available in our directory.
Be sure to take a look at our featured events:
- Call for entries for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize, 2008. Online registration is open until July 20th.
- The House of Viktor & Rolf at the Barbican, from June 18th until September 21st.
- Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, at Somerset House until August 10th.
Our cover photo was shot by John Mac, represented by Angela Woods Agency.
The Sharon Brandman Agency London photo agentsLatest news from the Sharon Brandman Agency:
- Brian Moody recently joined the agency, kicking-off by shooting Julie Walters.
- Ian Boddy has been busy shooting for Sainsbury's, Tesco, Calpol Brand and Nintendo, as well as lots of 'Back to School' campaigns with various brands.
- Marie Louise Avery has been shooting some wonderful food delights for new brands on the market place.
- Richard Seymour has been busy shooting a rebrand for the University of Southampton.
SBA is enjoying a wonderfully exciting 2008.
Wyatt-Clarke & Jones London photo agents
Recent new work from Wyatt-Clarke & Jones includes Nick Georghiou's 'death of cash' shoot for Maestro with McCann Erickson.
Adam Hinton's haunting portraits of children affected by domestic violence for JWT London (two of these images were nominated for a Lion Award at Cannes last month).
Liam Kennedy's work for Habitat commissioned by WDMP, and Leon Steele's work for Cheetham Bell/COI on the 'Stop Tobacco Smuggling' campaign.
Peer Lindgreen, better known for his figurative work, was commissioned by AMV BBDO London to produce still life shots for BT.
Gill Turner London photo agents
Latest news from the Gill Turner photographers:
- Matt has been pounding the streets of London seeking-out the weird and wonderful for his personal work. His images of The Partners' award- winning National Gallery campaign can be seen in the latest edition of Luerzer's Archive.
- Tim O'Sullivan can't seem to stop shooting celebrities! Having recently shot Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen and Bill Bailey for 'My Favourite Place' on the History Channel, Tim followed-up by shooting Heston Blumenthal for Nintendo.
- David Short's work for John Smedley went down a storm, and hopefully his recent shots for Audi and Slimming World will be as equally well received.
- Christopher Pillitz completed his book on The Vatican, to be published at the end of the summer along with his travel book on India, both for Dorling Kindersley.
Lucid representation London photo agents
Latest news from Lucid Representation:
- Lucid Representation is proud to represent Mark Harrison, award-winning portrait photographer, for all editorial and advertising work.
- Stephanie Rushton continues to work on her contemporary artists project, and has been shooting commissioned portraits of designers and craftspeople.
- Dan Kennedy shot Mel B for the latest Ultimo campaign, as well as PR campaigns for Ketchum and Munro and Forster.
- Ella Webber's personal project 'The Magic Castle' is being turned into a book, while she continues to shoot editorial and fashion portraits.
- Con Poulos, renowned food and lifestyle photographer is now being represented by Lucid for all UK and European Advertising work.
- Claire Todd, fashion and celebrity stylist is now with
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Jonas Jensen London advertising photographersPhotographer Jonas Jensen specialises in fashion and beauty and has had a great start to 2008, shooting lots of cover stories and editorials for world-renowned magazines.
Global catalogue work for Lucca is amongst a selection of big assignments for new clients this summer.
Jonas works closely with world-leading digital back company PhaseOne to optimise his camera equipment and push its capabilities to the maximum.
Jonas is currently looking for new representation.
Howard Kingsnorth London advertising photographers
Since joining Agent Pandora in early 2008, Howard Kingsnorth has photographed two global advertising campaigns for Graff Diamonds. The campaigns have taken the company on a new creative departure, as the original design had run for many years. The new look focuses on dramatic lighting that encompasses Howard's personal style.
In complete contrast, Howard was also commissioned to shoot portraits of the decathlete Mel Purkiss. The shoot was staged at Lee Valley Indoor Athletic Arena, where she is often seen training.
Howard has a new portfolio that features landscapes in Iceland, France and the UK, and which includes cars, on location and studio work. He is also putting the final touches to his new people/portrait portfolio, which can be previewed on his website.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographers
Photographer Lorentz Gullachsen has recently been very busy:
- Shooting ducks in Norfolk.
- Skies in Lincolnshire.
- Rocks in Cornwall.
- Roads in Wales.
- Yachts in Italy.
- Recycling centres in Oxfordshire - You can't win them all!
Nick Dolding London advertising photographers
Nick has been busy working on a number of projects for his portfolio, both commissioned and personal. These included shooting the Richmond Sausage campaign for QuietStorm, and the BAA campaign for 'Haygarth' in London.
The café shots were done as a follow-on from other food-related images in his folio, and the golf shoot forms part of an on-going project of OTT celebrations.
The chef photo was inspired by seeing Hacene's eyes in a local restaurant.
The Richmond Sausage shoot was art directed by Cat and Jo, and in order for the concept to work the models in each shoot were either father and son or mother and daughter.
Gary Smith Photography London still life photographers
Gary Smith is a London-based photographer who is passionate about creating images. He specialises in still life, from simple objects beautifully lit to multiple element compositions.
When not busy at work in the studio, Gary likes to relax by shooting landscapes.
Recent clients include QinetiQ, Steelcase, Triumph, Giro Eyewear and Intersection Magazine.
Alun Crockford London advertising photographers
Still life photographer Alun Crockford presents images that speak for themselves.
Dan Stevens London advertising photographers
Dan Stevens has been working in London for high-end clients since beginning his photography career under contract to Condé Nast magazines.
Dan recently photographed Kate Moss for Rimmel and has just finished a book of artists-at-work that includes Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Fred Tomaselli in London and New York.
Dan is working on his next solo show at the Park Walk Gallery in London's Chelsea. His work will be shown at the gallery's 20th birthday celebrations in September.
Dan happily works either with film or complex digital workflow, right through to print.
Mask Creative London animation production
Mask Creative offers photography, direction, design, illustration and animation in a specialised production package for 'above the line' visual advertising.
The partners have over two decades of specific advertising industry experience, having worked as freelance creative professionals for most of the world's leading advertising and design agencies.
Mask aims to carry a creative concept through all media that visually binds an entire campaign. Outdoor posters, press and stills receive the same photographic treatment as any moving image work created for TV, cinema or Web.
bphproductions London photo production
London-based Bph productions is one of the UK's leading location finding and production companies. It has vast experience in both scouting and production for a number of diverse campaigns nationally and internationally, for clients including BA, COI, Volkswagen, BT and O2.
Bph productions approaches its scouting and production on a personal level, offering a bespoke service and overseeing and coordinating every aspect of production, from budgeting to casting, locations and permits.
Bph productions can offer a unique and comprehensive service that is reliable, efficient and cost effective.
Fiona Watson Production London photo production
Fiona Watson Production offers a creative and comprehensive production service for the film and photographic industry.
FWP founder, Fiona Watson, has produced, art-directed and styled photographic shoots for over 10 years, and brings her vast knowledge and global experience to this dynamic London-based company.
FWP has worked all over the world, producing shoots in Hong Kong, China, South Africa, U.S.A, South America and throughout Europe. Working mainly on photographic shoots, the company has recently moved into film and mixed media assignments. FWP guarantees to deliver a creative solution to a set brief, on time and in budget.
Services include: location database, location scouting, permits, casting, booking crew and models, styling and sourcing of props, equipment hire, transport, catering and weather reports.
Great Northern Locations London location service and scouts
Great Northern Locations is a fresh and dynamic company that provides unique locations for film, television, fashion and media shoots.
Not your everyday location company, Great Northern prides itself on the difference it makes to both clients and locations by offering a highly professional and accommodating service. It offers a wide range of services to suit any location needs, from simply finding the right location through to full on-site location management.
The company has the expertise, knowledge and contacts to find a solution for every location requirement. The company enjoys a personal relationship with each and every venue, allowing it to deliver great deals and exceptional service.
Services include: Comprehensive online location search, location scouting and reconnaissance services, production support and on-site location management.
Sola Studio London rental studios photo
Sola Studio is a new centrally located daylight space in London's Notting Hill area. The 2000 square foot studio has been architect-designed to a very high standard and features a full climate control system.
The space is flexible and can be easily dressed for lifestyle shots. To maintain privacy only one space is for rent at any given time. Available daylight is excellent and illuminates the cove area through a 300 square foot glass atrium. The light can be easily diffused or blacked-out with the studio's scrim system.
Sola is a well known photographic and film lighting specialist and naturally has a full equipment store on site. The company is the UK supplier for Briese Lichttechnik products and aims to offer a professional technical service along with all the usual comforts of a boutique style studio.
Theprintspace London photolabs
According to Stuart Waplington, theprintspace "is a response to the need for a democratisation of top-level digital printing". With more and more people becoming familiar with Photoshop, and an increasing number of photographers retouching their own work, the ability to access resources which until recently had only been available to a select few becomes increasingly vital.
"Just as we have made our colour profiles available for download," Stuart continues, "we have attempted, through our website, to open up our systems to become platforms for user innovation."
theprintspace enables clients to have full creative control over every aspect of their work from start to finish, while providing guidance and assistance when appropriate.
Happy Finish London retouching
Happy Finish has just launched a new website that presents work from a wide range of retouchers alongside recent campaigns they have worked on.
Happy Finish is home to a collective of award-winning freelance creative retouchers who show what can be achieved in every field, ranging from beauty and fashion to still life and automotive.
Ruti Danan London fashion designers
Ruti Danan Couture presents CamiScarf - "a romantic and sensual scarf decorated with dantel and crystal brooches, perfect for evenings out and nights in."
"It is an accessory that can be worn in different styles for every occasion. These are timeless, vintage designs, which have the power to mark an entrance with subtlety and individuality."
CamiScarf will be available to view and purchase at Top Drawer - Autumn 2008 at Olympia, London 14-16th September.
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The Photographer's Gallery London photo events
Fashion in the Mirror: Self-Reflection in Fashion Photography (18th July - 14th September)
The international photographers in this exhibition undress the theme of fashion and question the creation of perfect beauty. 'Fashion in the Mirror' is an overview of their self-examination and a rare look behind-the-scenes of fashion photography from the 1950s to the present day.
Finding both comedy and poetry in the set-up of the studio, the exhibiting photographers turn their cameras on the processes and paraphernalia of the fashion shoot. Photographers are mirrored in their own work and, as viewpoints are inverted and gazes misdirected, cameras stare back expectantly.
Revealing the fashion industry's secrets and undermining its glamorous illusions, the photographers in this exhibition create work that exposes this world from within.
Ambassade de L'Ile London restaurants
Ambassade de L'Ile is one of London's newest French restaurants. It serves French food based on traditional styles and values.
Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex is a French chef new to the UK restaurant scene, but he has worked in some of France's finest restaurants. Ambassade de L'Ile is an outpost of Jean Christophe's restaurant in France, L'Auberge de L'Ile. Located on L'Ile Barbe, Lyon, it has held two Michelin stars since 2002.
The London restaurant's cuisine is based on the successful Lyon menu, with as many of the ingredients as possible sourced locally and according to the season. The wine selection includes fine wines from Jean-Christophe's Lyonnaise cellar, along with an extensive range of house wines.
When weather allows, clients can enjoy a shady patio for aperitifs and after lunch coffees.
"Overall, the best new restaurant opening in London for many years." Andy Hayler, June 2008.
Amika London bars and nightclubs
London's prestigious Kensington High Street plays host to a new super elite, acutely vogue concept in members' club.
After descending the chandelier-lit mirrored stairwell, a long black marble corridor unfolds, softly illuminated by thousands of floor level LED's offering a breathtaking optical. Fresh lilies sit in every alcove and decadent chandeliers hang in arched ceilings...this is the beginning of the Amika experience.
Amika prides itself on its personal relationships with its members. They are not simply names on a card. All members have been invited through the directors, the membership committee or prior members.
Membership not only makes a visit to Amika easy and swift, privileges also include minimum time queuing and priority table bookings, as well as a safe and reliable valet service.