showcase london issue 136 Nov 2008Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the British capital's leading visual media companies and individuals, with more information available in our Directory.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Call for entries to the D&AD Awards 2009. Until November 19th, all entries will receive a 10% discount. Final deadline January 21st.
- Annie Leibovitz, 'A Photographer's Life', is on show until February 1st at the National Portrait Gallery.
- 'Andy Warhol - Other Voices, Other Rooms' runs until January 18th at the Southbank Centre.
- Fashion v Sport is at the V&A Museum until January 4th.
Our cover photo was shot by Victor Albrow, represented by The Miss Jones Agency.
LouLou Locations Ltd London photo production
LouLou Locations and Productions have had a creative and busy summer producing some prestigious campaigns for T-Mobile, Ligne Roset, Ford, HSBC and Sony Ericsson. LouLou is renowned for its wealth of experience in production as well as its excellent creative scouting. This is reflected in the projects the company has worked on.
Autumn has commenced with some great shoots for Guinness, UKTV and COI, involving large castings and a fully bespoke production service.
The LouLou Library is nearing completion and has some fantastic residential locations among many others.
Visit the website to see more.
- photo agents
Jamie Stephen London photo agents
Jamie Stephen Represents has had a great year.
- Resident photographer, Andy Whale, has been touring various spaces in town with his exhibition 'Not Quite Right'. It is a series of gritty portraits featuring actors waiting for their ideal role to come up, only to be told the familiar refrain "Sorry, you're not quite right."
- Omer Knaz is increasingly in demand for his fresh fashion still
life ideas, while Sandrine and Michael offer more of their
ever-unique and stunning celebrity portraits.
- The agency also welcomed two fabulous new photographers onto its books: Lee Brimble brings a series of glamorous and dynamic high-end car shots, while food photographer Carolyn Barber presents a mouth-watering selection of imagery.
Lucid representation London photo agents
Latest news from Lucid Representation:
- Dan Kennedy has been in Ethiopia photographing villagers and the work of animal charity The Brooke for Weekend magazine.
- In between his editorial work, Mark Harrison has been photographing cheeky children for a Sensodyne campaign for Grey.
- Ella Webber has just returned from LA where she completed both commissioned editorial shoots and work for her personal project 'The Magic Castle'.
- Stephanie Rushton is working on a new environmental portrait project about eccentrics.
- Fashion and Portrait photographer Kirk Edwards has joined the agency and will be working from New York and London.
- Simon Archer is recovering from an intense few months shooting the interiors pages for the Next Catalogue.
- Natalie Read has been very busy styling celebrities and fashion stories for a mix of UK and international clients.
Zena Holloway London advertising photographersUnderwater photographer and director, Zena Holloway, presents her latest editorial covers and advertising commissions:
- How to spend it.
- Observer Magazine.
- 125 Magazine.
- Azumit yachts.
- Random Magazine.
- The Sunday Times Magazine.
Gary Salter London people & lifestyle photographers
Gary Salter is a London-based photographer with over 16 years of experience. He specialises mainly in character and lifestyle based productions.
In the last twelve months, Gary has been busy on projects for Pimms, Airmiles, Ruffles, The Sun, Mercedes-Benz, Volvic, PG Tips and Sony Ericsson, with commissions from UK, European and US agencies.
Other personal projects can also be seen on his website.
Ray Massey London advertising photographers
Anyone with lingering doubts of the multi-cultural society in which we live may be convinced by photographer Ray Massey's 2008 diary: So far this year he has taken Tea in the USA, Cola for Turkey, Sprite for Ireland, Whisky for Poland, Vodka for the UK and Emirates for Dubai.
Coutts Personal Banking and Plymouth Gin re-confirmed that Ray is, in fact, in England and ready for a three week busman's holiday project in Uganda to help bring awareness to The Kanyike Project, which supports a programme of self-sustaining initiatives in an area ravaged by many years of war and HIV.
David Clerihew London advertising photographers
London-based fashion photographer David Clerihew has been working on global work for Nike, shooting new football strips for FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Celtic.
He also completed a global campaign for Swatch on a new watch range, with other advertising work including Royal Opera House, Adidas, Sony and T Mobile. Editorial clients include GQ, The Sunday Times and Max Magazine.
David is currently seeking representation in Europe and the U.S. More of his work can be seen at his website.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographers
Lorentz Gullachsen recently shot Azumit Luxury Yachts in Italy for JWT Milan, as well as housing stock shots for the charity Shelter in the West Midlands. "The contrast seems surreal," Lorentz said, "but that's the appeal of this job: to be able to see the extremes of life and find beauty in it all."
In October, the photographer opened his exhibition 'A Year in Teme Valley', due to run until January 2009 at the The Gallery in Martley, Worcester. This inaugural exhibition is a personal collection of landscapes that were shot in the Teme Valley, where Lorentz lives.
Other projects included editorial work for Chicago-based Rotarian Magazine that involved shooting Lady Godivia in Coventry, portraits of beef farmers for EuroRSCG Life, and a trip back to Italy for Y&R Geneva to shoot Tuscan landscapes for Caterpillar.
Lily Wynne-Jones London people & lifestyle photographers
Lily Wynne-Jones specialises in Fine Art photography, focusing on the relationship between the photographer and the subject. She works on location and in the studio using both traditional and digital photography, making her portfolio a technically varied body of work.
She was recently selected as a Merit award-winner in the Fuji Distinctions Awards 2008.
Big Sky London London rental studios photo
Big Sky, Central London's largest and most accessible full service photography and media production complex, is a purpose built facility designed specifically for the photographic and image making industry.
The 37,000 square-feet complex has five versatile fully equipped and self-contained private studios, each one serviced by its own highly trained assistant with on site technical support from a team of experienced professionals.
Big Sky London offers a comprehensive range of services including a fully equipped onsite lighting department, design and setbuilding department, catering, sets, props and digital services.
Anderson Lopes London graphic design
Anderson Lopes is a London-based designer with 13-years of experience working in design and art direction for a variety of companies and organisations. Capable of producing solutions with high visual impact to effectively communicate his clients' messages, Anderson's skills range from brand, print and signage to editorial and web design.
A selection of his work is featured in this Showcase and can also be seen on his website.
- event production
The Photographer's Gallery London photo events
The Photographers' Gallery is in transition - this autumn, the gallery will be relocating from Great Newport Street, its home for the past thirty-seven years, to a building at 16-18 Ramillies St., W1. During 2009, the gallery will continue to present exhibitions, talks and events, and education projects, and will also have its print sales, cafe and bookshop facilities all located on one floor.
'Goodbye Great Newport Street': Sunday, November 16th. Join the gallery team for afternoon tea, and sign the book of memories to mark the end of the Great Newport Street address. A special live performance, 'Wall Walk' by artist Silvia Ziranek, is scheduled for 5pm, celebrating the history of the Gallery at its current address and anticipating the challenges and hopes for the new site.
"London has been crying-out for a place like this to rival those in New York and Paris," remarked photographer David Bailey. "The location of the new Photographers' Gallery in Ramillies St. offers a fabulous opportunity to put photography right back into the heart of London life and culture, and finally give photography in this country an international profile."
AOP Gallery London photo events
BJP - International Photography Award 2008: 25th-29th November at the AOP Gallery.
The British Journal of Photography organises an annual International Photography Award, now in it's fourth year. This year there are two prizes - one for a single image, and the other for a body of work.
London-based Georgian photographer Beso Uznadze won the portfolio category with a project depicting Georgian nationals in London and Tblisi. The winner of the single image category is Argentinian World Press Photo-winner Walter Astrada, currently working in the Congo.
Steidl London book publishers
Recent releases by Steidl Books:
- 'Portraits of Power' by Richard Avedon. Juxtaposing images of elite government, media and labour officials with photographs of counterculture activists, writers and artists as well as ordinary citizens caught up in national debates, it explores a five-decade taxonomy of politics and power from one of America's best-known artists.
- 'Glamour of the Gods' by Robert Dance and John Russell Taylor. A survey of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's Golden Age, 1920-1960. The photographs are drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation in London. John Kobal was the last century's pre-eminent authority on Hollywood photography, and the first collector and later author who systematically sought to understand photography's important role in creating and marketing the great stars central to the Hollywood mystique.
- 'Patrick Demarchelier' by Patrick Demarchelier: This monograph is the definitive guide to the photographic career of one of the most prodigious fashion photographers of our time. From his earliest work at Harper's Bazaar to his now mythic collaboration with Vogue, Demarchelier has single-handedly redefined the fashion photograph and with it the fashion industry. His celebrity portraits have shaped the public personae of figures ranging from Princess Diana to Madonna.
Thames & Hudson London book publishers
Thames & Hudson, "innovative publishers of illustrated books", combine strong writing with beautiful printing. Recent publications include:
- 'Designed for Kids - A Complete Sourcebook of Stylish
Products for the Modern Family', by Phyllis Richardson. "... for
anyone on the hunt for smart kids stuff it's an excellent,
wide-ranging selection" (Coolhunting). Featuring innovative
and stylish interior products that every design-savvy parent will
want for their children, 'Designed for Kids...' is the first such
guide for children of all ages.
- 'Advertising Next - 150 Winning Campaigns for the New Communications Age', by Tom Himpe. Almost overnight the digital revolution has turned the rules of branding upside down. What matters now is not size, but attitude: flexible, agile, transparent in action, global in mindset. The campaigns in this book enable small companies to think big - and force big companies to act small!
- 'The Colossal Book of Costumes - Dressing up Around the World', by Joëlle Jolivet. This original and fun large-format book contains illustrations of over 300 colourful costumes and accessories from throughout the Ages and from all around the world. From kings and queens, princesses and knights, to clothes for work and play, each image carries a caption detailing the name, country of origin and date. Filled with astonishing outfits, this will delight children everywhere.
- 'Designed for Kids - A Complete Sourcebook of Stylish Products for the Modern Family', by Phyllis Richardson. "... for anyone on the hunt for smart kids stuff it's an excellent, wide-ranging selection" (Coolhunting). Featuring innovative and stylish interior products that every design-savvy parent will want for their children, 'Designed for Kids...' is the first such guide for children of all ages.
- hotels and apartments
Exclusive Hotels London hotels
Exclusive Hotels is one of the most dynamic and successful privately-owned hotel groups in the UK.
Four gorgeous family-owned mansions, manor houses and country homes make up the Group's portfolio. Individual, stylish and surrounded by acres of woodland, parkland and countryside, each property offers luxurious tranquility in quintessentially English locations.
Innovative dining can be expected at each location, with top chefs and sumptuous menus providing gourmet delights. Each property has its own unique features, with entertainment including championship golf courses, excellent spa facilities, fishing, tennis, croquet and archery.
All four locations are situated in southern England, one within forty minutes of central London and perfectly placed for Heathrow, one directly south of London and perfectly situated for Gatwick, one on the outskirts of glorious Bath and set in the Cotswolds, and another on the edge of Winchester, the gateway to the South West and its beautiful coastlines.
Vendome Mayfair London bars and nightclubs
The launch of Vendome Mayfair in September saw the end of the minimalist nightclub design that has saturated London's West End over the past decade. The club has been created to induce patrons back onto the dance floor and revive the atmosphere of the clubs of old, with a combination of 70s retro disco - redolent of scenes from the movie 'Xanadu' with distinctly futuristic bespoke design elements - and an array of bold and colourful furnishings.
The focal point of Vendome is the raised revolving DJ booth in the centre of the club, surrounded by a fully circular video-interactive dance floor - the first in the UK. The drinks list will again reflect the 1970's retro-futuristic vibe, with some classic favourites and some molecular mixology.
The music is just as important as the design, however, as club founder Freddie Frampton explains: "If commercial house is to the right, and more underground to the left, then we lean 20 degrees each way. Think a little education with a lot of smile!"