showcase london issue 177 Sep 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the latest news from the Capital's leading visual media professionals, with more information in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, opened 17th September at Sommerset House. The show includes work from designers, photographers, artists, stylists and cultural figures including Nick Knight, John Galliano and Kate Moss.
- The Times BFI London Film Festival,14th - 29th October, will feature a selection of the best new films from around the world.
Our cover photo was shot by Tom Watson, represented by Edsonwilliams.
- photo production
LouLou Locations Ltd London location service and scouts
LouLou Locations and Productions have had a busy summer scouting and producing some great campaigns for clients including Ford, Texaco, Phones 4u, Littlewoods and Bulmers, as well as taking bookings for its new online locations library.
As a London-based production company, LouLou offers a fully bespoke production service, including project estimates, location scouting, casting, permits and travel management, along with the recommendation of stylists, set builders and model makers for every type of stills shoots.
PLC International London commercials production
Julia Griffiths founded PLC in 1999 following a long career in stills production and commercials. Her ambition was to create a full service stills production house providing for the needs of the world's top commercial advertising photographers.
Now in its 10th year, PLC offers clients a range of services including stills styling, wardrobe, casting, location, art direction, logistics and management. Julia remains in day-to-day control and the team relies on her excellent eye, long experience and unrivalled contacts.
PLC has formed strategic partnerships with some of the best casting and location specialists around the globe, providing photographers with access to a world-class international service.
Clients include Agent Orange, The GettyLibrary, and other leading photographers and directors. Campaigns include Coca-Cola, Peugeot, MasterCard, Mercedes, Guinness, RalphLauren, American Express and Vodafone.
Zownir Locations London location service and scouts
Zownir Locations is a London-based agency with a selection of carefully chosen residential properties available to hire for photographic and film shoots.
All of the spaces are privately owned, well maintained and extremely photogenic. The locations are all in London and range from loft style studio spaces to five-storey houses and converted warehouse units.
As a small agency, the company makes sure it knows each of the locations inside out and that all of the owners know exactly how to look after a shoot team without getting in their way. The agency can also be flexible on fees where budgets are tight.
Recent clients include Reebok, Sainsbury's, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Fila.
For a bespoke, friendly and highly efficient service, contact Heather or Maggie on +44 (0)20 7738 2002 to discuss location requirements. Visit the website for more details.
- photo agents
Process London photo agents
Established in 2001, Process continues to develop its reputation as one of London's leading photographic agencies supplying top talent and production resources to clients worldwide.
This year alone has seen its acclaimed photographers Bill Robinson, Gareth Sambidge, Louisa Parry, Matthew Murray, Ruud Baan and Simon Thorpe shoot campaigns for a wide and diverse range of clients, including Adidas, Asda, Boden, Cable & Wireless, Centrica, Compass, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Espa, GQ, HHCL, Hugo Boss, Liz Earle, McDonald's, NSPCC, Phillips, Procter & Gamble, Sony PlayStation, Strongbow, Tesco and Timberland.
Register on the company's award-winning website for regular updates.
Jamie Stephen London photo agents
Jamie Stephen Represents has recruited the extensively talented Sean Gleason. His clients include Adidas, Vodafone, Calvin Klein and Jaegar.
- Alex Macro has shot a series of kitch, tongue-in-cheek images for Pants to Poverty, supporting their campaign to aid the ethical fair-trade of cotton in India.
- Dean Marsh has been to the South of France shooting a personal series of filmic and atmospheric street scenes.
- Car specialist Lee Brimble has shot the latest VW Scirocco, alongside his usual brochure and CGI work.
- Ian Scigliuzzi has created an assortment of sophisticated still life images for Dior Skincare.
- Jason Lowe has been shooting a new book in New York and has travelled through Norway, capturing the rustic environment for editorial stories.
The Sharon Brandman Agency London photo agents
Latest news from the Sharon Brandman Agency:
- Paul Bussell recently launched his new website.
- Marie Louise Avery, aside from being extremely busy shooting lots of yummy foods including the Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Garden Kensington, has found time to refresh her website.
- Richard Seymour has just launched a new portfolio.
The agency is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Gallacher to its roster.
Gill Turner London photo agents
Gill Turner is pleased to announce that she now represents still life photographer Jonathan Kitchen. Jonathan's recent commissions have included Nokia, Ladbrokes, Apple and Olay.
Jillian Edelstein's latest shoots have included the promotion for Twelfth Night featuring Richard Wilson, and a portrait of Damien Hirst for the Royal Academy Magazine.
Tim O'Sullivan has produced a calendar for the Isle of Man Manx Amateur Boxing Club and he has been shooting for Harrods.
Matt Stuart has been busy shooting for international business school INSEAD in Singapore and Paris.
David Short recently produced a series of images as part of Sheffield's bid to become a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Other assignments have included Bravissimo and Slimming World.
Ray Massey London food & drink photographers
Anyone with lingering doubts about the multi-cultural society in which we live may be convinced by Ray Massey's portfolio.
Recent work includes commissions by clients based in London, New York, Moscow, Istanbul, Dublin, Hamburg, Warsaw, Athens, Dubai and Lagos.
His London studio offers comprehensive production services second to none.
Ray brings all the facets of a production together, from set building, model making, and background painters to hair, make-up and stylists, with high end digital retouching under one roof in a deconsecrated church in London's Camden Town, NW1.
Barry Willis London people & lifestyle photographers
Barry Willis has 20 years of professional experience that have taught him to capture the energy of the moment.
His clear and concise planning, relaxed approach and genuine interest in people result in eye-catching images that have impressed editorial, corporate and advertising clients worldwide.
"I give the same energy and enthusiasm to every job" he says. "The anticipation of getting the right shot for every client is a real buzz."
Barry's expertise is in capturing natural movement inside the frame. From company boardroom to ship's engine room; from Castrol to the Bank of England, Barry's pictures tell your story.
Simon Murphy London portrait photographers
The past couple of months have been busy ones for Scottish photographer Simon Murphy. He has spent time in Dubai shooting what is to be the largest book in the world on the largest building in the world: the Burj Dubai Tower. Kraken Opus commissioned Simon to photograph workers and executives alike for this prestigious publication.
In between trips he has undertaken new music work for Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue and most recently Idlewild.
Visit his website for more information.
Julian Calverley London advertising photographers
Julian Calverley has over 22 years experience as a photographer.
Coming from a traditional film, print and darkroom background he now shoots high-end digital and has over twelve years experience in post production and digital workflow. He is at home both in the studio and on location, shooting people, lifestyle, landscapes, automotive, and underwater photography.
In the last 12 months he has worked in the the UK, Europe and the USA.
Contact his agent or visit his website for more information and work samples.
Duncan Loughrey London food & drink photographers
Duncan Loughrey is an established photographer with over 20 years experience, specialising in food, drink and still life. He regularly works in London and also from his large studio in Bedfordshire - just 30 minutes from the City.
Visit his website for more images and information.
Tim Hill London food & drink photographers
Tim Hill is an experienced digital food photographer who works from his own north London studio.
He recently worked for Nestle, The Co-op, Discovery Foods, Mo'men Food Group, Reader's Digest and The Sunday Times.
When not shooting for clients Tim adds images to his online food library.
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 productions.
Over the last twelve months Gary has been busy on projects for Pimms, Shreddies, Uncle Bens, Bulmers, Mercedes-Benz, Volvic, Windex, Philips and Sony Ericsson, with commissions from UK, European and US agencies.
Other personal projects can also be seen on his website.
Nick Daly London people & lifestyle photographers
Nick Daly generally shoots on location, in all weathers, using a variety of digital cameras and backs. People, portraits, landscapes and interiors are his specialism. "I shoot as much as possible, whether it's commissioned or personal projects."
Nick is represented in the UK by the Lisa Pritchard Agency.
George Logan London advertising photographers
George Logan's 'Dark' exhibition, in collaboration with Alyson Jones Photographers' Agent, opened at the AoP Gallery on September 15th. His 'Red Road' exhibition, in association with Corbis, will run at The Village Underground in Shoreditch, London, from October 22nd.
Recent work included the 'Homeless Animals' campaign for the Born Free Foundation. Art direction by Katy Hopkins and Steve Hawthorne at WCRS London. His Lamisil campaign was commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi Amsterdam, with art direction by Alexandre Lagoet and Rick Coolegem.
Carol Sharp London food & drink photographers
Carol Sharp is renowned for her intuitive composition, delicate lighting skills and her attention to detail.
She specialises in nature's ingredients and flowers, often combining the two, but also continues to photograph mainstream food and still life. She regularly shoots for Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, as well as other major brands such as Procter & Gamble and Twinings.
Thanks to constant experimentation and many years of experience, Carol delivers her clients highly creative and technically proficient results with ease.
Richard Freestone London landscape photographers
After a busy summer photographing a variety of subjects, from golf courses to rock climbers, Richard has at last found the time to launch his new website. Please take the time to view it.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographers
"Consume less or the planet dies. Consume more or the economy dies."
Lorentz Gullachsen has been working on a personal project entitled 'Off Your Trolley'.
"Photography is a powerful tool," says Lorentz. "It may even help to save our world. We need to question how much we consume or waste. I don't have the answers, but I may have some of the questions."
The photographer also recently shot travel editorials in Wales and completed a short film which is currently in post production.
Peter Beavis Photography London people & lifestyle photographers
Known for his unique ability to inspire and capture the genuine moment, London-based lifestyle and portrait photographer Peter Beavis continues to work with a wide range of international clients.
Peter is renowned for his exuberance and energy, as well as his knack for effortlessly relaxing and getting the most out of his subjects. His spontaneous and enthusiastic approach creates a natural glimpse of life through his images. His well-observed and natural-looking photographs form the perfect composition of people in their own environment.
Recent clients include Ford KA, Budweiser, Visa, Vodafone, Persil, Macif Insurance, Ministry of Sound, Nokia, Canon, Swatch, BT, Samsung, Philips, Clarks Shoes, Coca-Cola, The New York Times, Polydor, Volkswagen and Dove.
Ian Aitken London people & lifestyle photographers
Ian Aitken is an established travel photographer, used to working under tight deadlines and demanding situations. He consistently produces strong images for marketing collateral.
Contact Ian directly through his website.
Andy Seymour London food & drink photographers
Working from his Central London studio, Andy Seymour has had a busy year with a good selection of new and established clients, including Knorr, McCormicks, Royal Mail, KFC, Bird's Eye, Cadbury, Napolina, Pedras water, Gallo Wine, Mueller, Toro and many more.
- post production
Happy Finish London cgi 3d rendering
Happy Finish, a world-leader in creative retouching and CGI, has completed numerous high-profile campaigns with client photographers that demonstrate the company's unique working ethos. "Our one-on-one contact with creative retouchers and CGI artists gives clients exactly what they want from their images", explains MD, Stuart Waplington.
Recent collaborations include anniversary covers for Vogue Korea and Wound, Megan Fox in Wonderland magazine, and campaigns for BTFibre Optics, Guinness and Burberry.
Based in London, Happy Finish works globally with award-winning photographers and ad agencies to create unique advertising images using CGI and retouching.
Steve Edge Design London design companies
Edge Design Ltd. is a creative consultants which specialises in devising and implementing a wide range of corporate design programmes.
Under the guidance of its founder, Steve Edge, the company undertakes branding, brochures, mailshots, marketing, advertising and websites, as well as bespoke projects for individual clients.
Visit the website for more information.
- event production
London Fashion Week London fashion events
London Fashion Weekend will take place from the 24th to the 27th of September at Somerset House and 180 The Strand - right in the heart of London and in the official London Fashion Week catwalk and exhibition venues.
Visitors can enjoy exclusive fashion features and stunning catwalk shows, as well as the opportunity for a professional makeover and blow dry whilst sipping champagne aplenty, but the best part of London Fashion Weekend is undoubtedly the shopping.
Over 120 designers this season include PPQ, Eley Kishimoto, Luella, Lulu Guinness, Zoe & Morgan, Juicy Couture, Kors by Michael Kors, Pauric Sweeney, Emma Cook, Designer Studio featuring Prada, D&G and Roberto Cavalli, Mawi, Alex Monroe, Sass & Bide, Linda Farrow, American Retro and MIH Jeans, who will all be selling their collections at up to 75% below retail prices.
National Portrait Gallery London photo events
Gay Icons, until 18th October.
Gay Icons explores gay social and cultural history through the unique personal insights of ten high profile gay figures, who have selected their historical and modern icons.
The chosen icons, who may or may not be gay themselves, have all been important to each selector, having influenced their gay sensibilities or contributed to making them who they are today. They include artists Francis Bacon and David Hockney; writers Daphne du Maurier and Quentin Crisp; composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Benjamin Britten; musicians K.D. Lang, the Village People and Will Young; entertainers Ellen DeGeneres, Lily Savage and Kenneth Williams; sports stars Martina Navratilova and Ian Roberts; and political activists Harvey Milk and Angela Mason.
Their fascinating and inspirational stories are illustrated by over sixty photographic portraits including works by Andy Warhol, Snowdon and Cecil Beaton, together with specially commissioned portraits of the selectors by Mary McCartney. All are set in a striking exhibition design conceived by renowned theatre designer, Robert Jones.
Galvin at Windows London restaurants
Located on the 28th floor of The London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows Restaurant launched in May 2006 with celebrated Chef Patron, Chris Galvin at the helm. Chris has created a modern French inspired menu and is joined in the kitchen by Head Chef André Garrett. This iconic restaurant with peerless views across Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and London beyond, now has a glamorous interior evoking the golden age of the 1930's.
In 2006, the restaurant was awarded a Rémy Martin London Restaurant Award. In January 2007 General Manager Fred Sirieix and his team were awarded the "Best Front of House" Award at the prestigious Tatler Restaurant Awards. In addition, Galvin at Windows was nominated in "The 'It' Room" category in the same awards. Finally, the restaurant was highlighted in the Michelin Guide 2008 as a rising star suggesting it will be awarded a Michelin star in 2009. Galvin at Windows can also cater for private parties and events for up to 150 people.
- hotels and apartments
The Hempel London hotels
On a major London square, a terrace of five Regency villas was transformed into this now famous boutique hotel by award-winning hotel designer Jestico + Whiles, working in close cooperation with Anouska Hempel.
The Hempel is designed in minimalist style, with cool, white and elegant spaces and an extraordinary range of specialist finishes. Many rare materials from around the world were sourced to meet the exacting requirements of the operator.
The hotel offers 40 individual and unique rooms, as well as restaurant and conference facilities.