showcase london issue 190 Dec 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Capital's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- The Royal National Theatre presents Take a View - The Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009, until 24th January.
- Sommerset House: Norman Parkinson: A very British Glamour, until 31st January.
- Natural History Museum: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, until 11th April.
Our cover photo was shot by Paul Farnham.
- photo agents
Jamie Stephen London photo agents
Jamie Stephen Represents has enjoyed a year of great images and fantastic clients:
- John Bennett shot a series of striking perfume images for the Debenhams Christmas campaign.
- Dean Marsh went out to Hampstead Heath to shoot a humorous new campaign for Freeview.
- Omer Knaz continues to be a firm favourite with Harrods Magazine, shooting a glamorous jewellery story for their Christmas edition.
- Mike Sugrue created an assortment of startling cityscape images in Chicago and continued to broaden his portraiture portfolio.
- Jason Lowe shot a charitable campaign in conjunction with Hovis to raise awareness for the Poppy Appeal.
Richard Freestone London landscape photographers
It has been a good autumn for Richard Freestone. As well as continuing to work on a couple of personal projects, an image from his 'White Peak Dark Peak' series won the location prize at this year's Shot Up North awards in Manchester.
For more images take a look at his website and click on the "News" button to go to his blog.
Simon Winnall London people & lifestyle photographers
Photographer Simon Winnall specialises in conceptual and lifestyle photography for advertising and corporate clients.
See more of Simon's work on his website.
David Ellis London advertising photographers
David Ellis' ability to shoot across a diverse range of subjects adds an underlying strength to the variety of work he has covered throughout his career.
The Loop Festival advertising image featured in this Showcase was shortlisted in the Campaign Photographic Competition under the media category, while the concept press shot for the Nike Control 360 football boot can be seen around the world. David works regularly with The Sunday Times on both portrait and reportage projects: the featured cover shot focuses on parents who encourage additional home tutoring for their children.
On the music front, David has worked with Simple Minds, The Prodigy, Annie Mac, Calvin Harris and Frankmusic.
Clive Arrowsmith London fashion photographers
Clive Arrowsmith is based in London and works around the world shooting fashion, portrait and beauty images.
He has shot editorial assignments and commissioned work in Paris, Taiwan, Vienna and Moscow for clients including TBWA, FHM, Lloyd's Banking, Maserati, Schwarzkopf and Castigliano.
Clive has two books due to be released in 2010: Vogue Images and a book of portraits. He has also shot the Pirelli Calender twice in succession.
Clive is represented by Red Represents.
Michael Harding London corporate & industrial photographers
Canadian-born photographer Michael Harding travels the world creating striking images for international advertising, corporate and editorial clients, and is as comfortable in the cold of Iceland as he is in the heat of Saudi Arabia.
Clients include prestigious companies such as Barclays Bank, B&O, BMW, HSBC, Mercedes-Benz, Morgan Stanley and Patek Philippe. He is currently working on a coffee table book on Morocco and has just returned from Qatar, where he shot the executive team for a new business start-up.
Michael's work has won many industry awards, featuring several times in the Association of Photographers Awards. He also received the 'Visions in Architecture' European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada and he continues to actively pursue personal projects with a view to further exhibitions.
David Oliver London portrait photographers
David Oliver has been photographing people for over 20 years. His "quick and painless" shooting approach encourages subjects to feel at ease in front of the camera and delivers highly natural end results.
"She was absolutely blown-away by the portraits". "Phenomenal... absolutely fantastic shots!" These were just some of the comments after David's recent shoot for Central London company 10UK, whose employees had grown beards to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Limiting his presence to a minimum, David is able to capture the ideal moment when people are at their most relaxed. He managed to deliver this extraordinarily relaxed and natural collection of images from normal office workers, shooting in one of their own meeting rooms. His unobtrusive style allows him to enter into people's environments to the point that they almost forget he is there, permitting him to create images that express genuine character and emotional warmth.
Johnny Carr Photography London fashion photographers
Client feedback says it all about photographer Johnny Carr:
"Johnny had great enthusiasm and commitment to the concept and was passionate about achieving a brilliant end result." Peter Saville.
"We had the pleasure of working with Johnny for our live action shoot for MTV. His energy, creativity and attention to detail meant that we achieved fantastic end results." Philip Ward, Executive Producer, Universal Everything.
"Johnny and I have worked together for almost 25 years. He has an ability to deliver the creative and technical quality we'd expect, but on top of that his people skills and personality make him, in my opinion, pretty unique as a photographer and director." James Somerville, Co-Founder/Creative Director, ATTIK.
Jonas Jensen London beauty photographers
Jonas Jensen is quickly becoming recognised as one of the most creative photographers in the industry. Based in Denmark, he has established worldwide notoriety with billboard campaigns for Adorena and Cult, as well as iconic cover shots and editorials for a range of international magazines.
1Mega Management immediately spotted his talent and with its representation Jonas has been commissioned to shoot the Gossard 2010 A/W campaign in the UK, with British supermodel Elle Liberachi.
"Jonas Jensen is the most professional photographer I have worked with. He immediately establishes a relationship with the model and client capturing the mood required." Michael Green, 1Mega Management.
Julian Calverley London car & transportation photographers
Julian Calverley has over 22 years experience as a photographer.
Coming from a traditional film, print and darkroom background he shoots high-end digital and has over 12 years experience in post production and digital workflow. He is at home both in the studio and on location, shooting lifestyle, landscape, automotive and underwater images.
In the last 12 months Julian has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Contact his agent or visit his website for more information and work samples.
- post production
Happy Finish London creative post production
Happy Finish offers unique insights into the world of imagery creation.
"We believe choosing the right person to work with is the key to creative success," explains Managing Director, Stuart Waplington. "Our clients choose which of our artists best suit their project by looking at individual portfolios."
"Our new website showcases the work of all our CGI and Retouch artists and has unique behind-the-scenes case studies showing how some of this year's highest-profile campaigns were put together. There are also some great videos giving valuable advice on how to work effectively with CGI and photography together in one project."
Mask Creative London commercials production
Mask Creative is a northern-based production company offering photography, TV and video for clients worldwide.
The company operates from a 2000 sq. ft. film and photography studio and has the latest HD camera and lighting systems, as well as a broadcast-ready edit suite.
Producers, directors, photographers, editors and animators all work under one roof, delivering award-winning work, on time, to plan and within budget.
"We believe we are the most creative, cost effective and efficient production company you will find in the UK."
Andy Knight LTD London sets/ stages
Andy Knight Ltd. is a specialist group of craftsmen and artists who specialise in photographic set building and model making, creating a wide range of sets and props objects designed in collaboration with art directors. These are made up in a vast Aladdin's cave of a workshop and studio in the post-industrial landscape of one of the less fashionable parts of Central London.
The skills that go into these projects range from specialist carpentry and metal fabrication to traditional scenic painting, and also involve modern digital methods.
Visit the website for more information.
- hotels and apartments
Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton London Regent Street London hotels
Set in the vibrant heart of London's shopping and entertainment district, the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton is a classic fixture on the ever-changing city skyline. Steeped in history and intrigue, the hotel premises were formerly the Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Courts, and since 1912, a number of famous and infamous faces have passed through its polished chambers in the name of justice.
Artfully re-invented as a contemporary five-star hotel in 2005, the Courthouse Doubletree provides exceptional guest services and a truly boutique accommodation experience throughout 112 well-appointed rooms and suites.
The building's colourful past has been incorporated into its current design: original Robert Adams fireplaces, prison cells reinvented as funky private VIP rooms in The Bar, and Silk, the hotel's Michelin-recommended restaurant, is in fact the old Number One courtroom.
The Sanook Spa offers a peaceful and pampering escape from busy city life and includes a heated in-door swimming pool, sauna and gym. With a diverse range of locations for filming and photo shoots the hotel also offers a roof terrace bar and a 94-seat private deluxe cinema, which can be used for movie screenings, premieres, weddings or corporate events.
- event production
East London Design Show London event associations
The East London Design Show (ELDS) is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof. Based in Shoreditch, it provides an ideal opportunity for some alternative Christmas present ideas.
This year ELDS runs from the 3rd until the 6th of December and has a truly international flavour. Alongside top British designers the show welcomes brand new designers exhibiting for the first time, from Seattle to Sydney, Paris to even Basingstoke.
"The place to pick up tomorrow products today" - The Guardian.
National Portrait Gallery London photo events
Upcoming events at the National Portrait Gallery:
Beatles to Bowie - until 24th January. This major exhibition explores the leading pop music personalities who helped create 'Swinging London' in the 1960s. Over 150 photographs, together with a range of memorabilia, illustrate how the photographic image, music and performance made these pop stars the leading icons of their time.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 presents the very best in contemporary portrait photography until 14th February 2010.
Irving Penn Portraits will include over 120 exquisite prints, many vintage, ranging from his earliest portraits for Vogue magazine in 1944 to the present day, from 18th February onwards.
The Photographer's Gallery London photo events
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution - in exhibition or publication format - to the medium of photography over the previous year. The four shortlisted artists for this year's prize have been announced:
- Anna Fox (b.1961, UK) is nominated for her exhibition 'Cockroach Diary & Other Stories' at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (28th July - 10th October 2009), initiated by Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
- Zoe Leonard (b.1961, USA) is nominated for her retrospective exhibition 'Zoe Leonard - Photographs', at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (1st April - 5th July 2009), initiated by Fotomuseum Winterthur.
- Sophie Ristelhueber (b.1949, France) is nominated for her retrospective 'Sophie Ristelhueber' at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (20th January - 22nd March 2009).
- Donovan Wylie (b.1971, UK) is nominated for his exhibition 'MAZE 2007/8' at Belfast Exposed (27th March - 1st May 2009).
The exhibition runs from 12th February until 17th April 2010.