showcase london issue 44 Feb 2006Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to SHOWCASE LONDON - brought to you by Production Paradise, keeping you updated on the news and happenings from London's visual media industry.
The UK's premier photographic event takes place in London on Thursday 9 March. The Association of Photographers Photography Awards 2006 Gala will be a party-style event with a huge exhibition of all the work selected for the various awards to be given on the night. The exhibition will feature Simon Norfolk's highly anticipated award-winning project "Supercomputers". Tickets for the Gala can be purchased via the AOP website, and further information from Nicola Waterhouse.
And don't forget: you can find a full directory of the best visual media companies at www.productionparadise.com.
WYATT-CLARKE London photo agents
Over the last couple of months, Wyatt-Clarke’s photographers have been involved in campaigns for Levis, Dove & Umbro but we are unable to show any of this work just yet.
What we show here is recent work by Leon Steele for Nitro on the Nike Air Max 2006 campaign;Nadege Meriau’s work for Lowe on the Innocent smoothie’s campaign; and a shot from Thymann’s new exhibition of underwater photography which recently opened in Berlin.
Carolyn Trayler Agency London photo agents
Simon Mills has just come back from shooting more O2 posters for VCCP in South Africa – very complex shots involving lots of subjects such as taxis and greenhouses. It seems everybody had a great time and though the weather was not always perfect, he got the required results.
Patrice de Villiers has completed a Cadburys Crème Egg campaign for Publicis showing a very edible close-up of the egg.
Tim Macpherson is doing a personal campaign of close-up portraits of people with facial expressions of ecstasy. Tim is negotiating to do a book and there are also plans for an exhibition. He has also just completed six montage-style ads for Norwich Union for Abbott Mead, for posters all over the UK.
Chris Bailey is shooting in the US again for Chrysler cars.
Morgan Lockyer London photo agents
Photographer representatives, Morgan Lockyer, has started the year with plenty going on:
Jonathan Glynn Smith is in South Africa shooting stills and four commercials for Hitachi, and his new Esprit perfume campaign will be launching shortly.
Darren has shot the launch images for Jessica Simpson’s new label Princy in New York.
Tim Simmons Exhibition 'Postcards from Within’ has just finished a successful run at the Blue Gallery.
And Kerry Dean has returned from a trip to Mongolia with the resulting exhibition to be featured in Vogue…
Vue London photo agents
With a new signing to their stable, a big office move over the summer and a variety of exciting projects for their six photographers, 2005 was a busy year for London based agents Vue.
Vue’s latest recruit, still life photographer Penny Cottee, has recently been shooting for The Guardian, Copella and BT.
Alan Powdrill’s humorous campaign of female body builders for Virgin Mobile can be seen on billboards across the UK, other campaigns include Playstation, Liberty Mutual, Vodafone and Napster.
Recent trips to both Iceland & Thailand with Landrover have added to location photographer Garry Simpson’s already extensive portfolio, as well as work with GQ, Pedigree and Chrysler. 2005 was also an award winning year for Garry - Cannes Gold, Epica Gold, Eurobest Gold, & Campaign Silver Poster to name but a few.
Jonathan Minster shot five ads for a Sky Sports campaign as well as for Swarovski, Vogue, Virgin and McVities.
Tim Kent’s latest work has included shoots for the likes of Jaguar, Nissan and Honda.
Seamus Ryan’s latest portrait campaigns have seen him working with Brylcreem, Oxfam and The Samaritans, as well as some exciting new personal projects which can be seen at the Vue website.
Paul Webster London food & drink photographers
Paul Webster is an experienced food & drink photographer based in his own daylight studio next door to China & Company, London's best food & drink props hire company.
Paul's recent work includes new ranges for Waitrose, new Slimfast packs and point-of-sale, Deutsche Bank ads and posters and menus for the Tussaud Group, as well as Gordon Ramsay "F" word recipes for the Radio Times.
Paul says "I enjoy challenges and stretching my capabilities". To us, that sounds like an invitation to put him to the test...!
NIGEL HARNIMAN London car & transportation photographers
Nigel Harniman is best known for shooting cars, people and great landscapes worldwide, and has recently been working on major advertising campaigns for various brands including Opel/Vauxhall and Buick Lucerne.
He has also been exploring the world ofautomotive image rendering. This new technology gives the advantage of being able to provide the same high standard of work as traditional location pictures, but without the need to take the shoot vehicle on location. The location environment is still captured photographically, but the vehicle is produced from engineering data.
This makes it perfect for prototypes or secret pre-production models. See the Jaguar image here for impressive results.
Andy Tommo London advertising photographers
North London based photographer Tommo is starting the year with new representation in Hong Kong, and a week's shoot for the new High and Mighty campaign in Valencia, followed by his first work out of Paris through 'spicy box' as well as the new collection by Kei Kagami.
Tommo's People and Landscape folios are available for viewing at his website or you can contact him directly via email.
Julian Calverley London advertising photographers
Julian Calverley recently took time out to shoot some personal images in Sutherland, north-west Scotland.
Armed with his Contax 645, Sinar digital back and Trangia stove he spent days wandering this beautiful area of Scotland. Many call it Britain's last true wilderness.
For more examples, visit his web site.
ROMILLY LOCKYER London advertising photographers
Romilly Lockyer shot this image in France for French client: Pourquoi pas vous? Art directed by Roger Keller, produced by Manuelle Hue, modeled by Hugo from London. Location was the Drakkar Cinema in Coutainville, with 70's decor and a friendly projectionist who kept everyone entertained. He shot it with a Hasselblad Xpan which creates a beautiful panoramic format and, according to Romilly, is a real joy to use.
Other work - including jobs for IBM via FrameWorks and BP via Grassroots - encouraged Romilly to shoot digitally, as deadlines were tight.
The Phase One back performed brilliantly, and Romilly says he loves the ability to get instant approval from the very first frame.
He has also pursued his personal project of shooting models underwater for an upcoming exhibition.
Allan McPhail London advertising photographers
Allan McPhail concluded 2005 by shooting a 20-location tourism project in the UK, and then started the New Year with a personal assignment in Hong Kong, focussing on the scale and contrast between the islands' old and new.
Allan's strong and elegant use of composition is reflected in his work for international automotive and tourism clients. The thought-evoking images created during the Hong Kong trip can be viewed at his website.
Allan is represented in the UK and Europe by David and Rose Lambert and has recently teamed up with Robert Mead Associates in New York.
Dean Belcher Photography London advertising photographers
After a busy 2005, Dean Belcher looks set to continue shooting for high-profile clients such as Yell, BT, Barclays and Centrica, as well as editorial clients such as the Sunday Times magazine, FT How To Spend It and You magazine.
He is particularly looking forward to pursuing the recent interest shown by advertising agencies. This, together with personal projects and the possibility of an exhibition, means that Dean is understandably optimistic and looking forward to the rest of 2006.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographers
Gullachsen says he is as hectic as ever and enjoying every minute... not surprising given that he's been in Paris, Rome, Venice and London shooting the Airmiles
campaign for Archiball Ingall Stretton...
He's also been doing three weeks shooting for Cape Verde Tourism with Arc Creative.
Apart from that, he's been travelling 3000 miles in Europe with CHC Choir for RH Freight.
We hope he's collecting Airmiles, as well as photographing for them!
Andy Whale London people & lifestyle photographersAndy Whale recently completed shooting the Marston's Pedigree Beer 'No Compromise' campaign. The campaign was shot in pubs near to the brewery, sometimes using real-life builders who were paid in cases of beer! Agency was Walsh Trott Chick Smith, Art Director was Simone Micheli, and copywriter was Rob Declane. Andy has also recently worked on the poster for the Royal Opera "The Barber of Seville".
Naked Alphabet London people & lifestyle photographers
Naked Alphabet is the product of a year’s work that started as a photographic project by Fran (a yoga teacher and dancer). It then developed into a much larger project culminating in an exhibition of life-size fine art prints, an original range of true type computer fonts and bitmap fonts - both legible down to 6 point. Added to that, is a stunning specially-commissioned screensaver for both Mac and PC and a diverse range of personalised and bespoke products as diverse.
As far as we know, this is the first time a human alphabet has been created by just one person.
Visit the Naked Alphabet website to view the full collection, purchase a product, commission a unique piece, or download a free demo screensaver.
unichrome creative Ltd London retouching
Unichrome know that image is everything. And they know high-end photo-imagery inside out.
They offer more than digital retouching and manipulation, working in "creative partnership" with their clients to deliver what is needed, and combining imaginative design with meticulous attention to detail.
They do a lot of work for the car advertising market and for fashion, with services including:
- Digital fine art
- Digital retouching
- Electronic imaging
Big Sky Media London rental studiosBig Sky London is a purpose-built studio complex located in Kings Cross, the heart of London's creative industries and international transport links. It comprises five spacious blank canvas studios, interlinking and infinitely adaptable to any photography, film, TV or PR event. Stages range in size from 120m2 (1300 sq. ft.) to 440m2 (5000 sq. ft.) each with an abundance of additional ancillary space for styling, dining, meetings and entertainment.
Big Sky offers a comprehensive range of services including equipment hire, catering, sets and props, communications and digital services. Services and budgets can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each production.
Airedale Studios London rental studios
Airedale Studios is one of two arches in the heart of Hammersmith, recently converted by Airedale Publishing. Set up as a professional photographic studio for Airedale's own use, it is now available to hire.
It was custom-designed by an art director and a photographer. With a large vaulted studio, easily divided by fixed partitions, the studio is fully fitted with a changing room, functioning kitchen, computer with email and internet access. There is an inside/outside seating area with garden for relaxing and eating. They also offer a full digital service.
The studio offer easy one-level access with loading bay and flat-bed trolleys available. There is good access to Hammersmith King Street with major stores and food outlets only a few minutes away.
One Production London photo production
One Production has the creative flair and extensive production experience to tackle fashion, advertising and editorial shoots with minimum of fuss but with maximum success.
Recent productions have been for Descent, Selfridges, How to spend it - Financial Times, Marks & Spencer and Avon.
One Production believes in strong communication throughout the production process, and prides itself on budget management.
Cape London - Cape Models London fashion modelsCAPE London opened in 2004, and has been building up its roster of models, hair & make up artists, fashion & interior stylists, and photographers. CAPE Models commissions include work for Grazia, British Airways, Barclays, OK magazine, L'Oreal, Budwesier, Ford Fusion, Men's Health and Cottonelle.
New male model Guy Robinson, has caught the eye of Bruce Weber who has optioned him for the next Abercrombie & Fitch campaign, and he just completed 18 pages of main fashion with photographers Sean & Seng with Belgian supermodel Hannelore for the Spring 06 German Zoo Fashion Special.
Debbie Flett has just been chosen to star in the new Cottonelle commercial for North America being shot in London by 2AM Films and JWT ad agency.
Cape London - Cape MakeUp London styling, hair, makeup agentsCAPE Photographic, CAPE Make-Up & CAPE Stylist are the creative divisions within CAPE London, working across fashion, beauty, food, interiors and still life for advertising clients.
This year got off to a flying start with hair & make up artist Rachel Wood shooting for OK! and Laha Magazines, with USC stores, Daily Express, Heat, Eve and Thomas Cook already having booked Rachel last month.
On the interiors side, lifestyle stylist Susanna Powell is working her magic on an advertising shoot for Parker Knoll, alongside shoots for Crown, Homes & Gardens and John Lewis, as well as converting the nation through her monthly interior style column in The Guardian.
CONTRA SERVICE PRODUCTIONS London photo production
LBBW: photo shoot by photographer Hans Georg Esch on the terrace of Hotel Diagonal, Barcelona. Creative director: Lutz Buehner, production manager: Kirstina Anzlinger, production assistant: Severin Wurnig.
ODLO: photo shoot in Mallorca with Holger Pooten for Swiss sportswear manufacturer. Production manager: Gaby Poppelreuter.
Hauber: first production of 2006 was a fashion shoot with Thomas Kettner in Budapest. Production manager: Gaby Poppelreuter.
Staff: new on board is Doreen Büchin (Creative Producer), who previously worked agency side as art buyer and TV producer.
Donut Productions London commercial production
Set up primarily to provide video content for viral ads and websites, Donut Productions is still only in its second year. With roots firmly in stills photography, director Duncan Smith is now turning his hand to producing guerrilla-style video content for internet viral movies and websites.
Projects last year ranged from shooting Ronaldinho for EA Sports Fifa Street to working with an animatronic baby for BP and Channel 4’s The Farm. Having worked closely with advertising agency 20:20 London, Donut's work has picked up many awards, the most recent being a Campaign Digital for Best Media and Publications Campaign.
See the new website for projects that blend video, animation and flash to produce the personalised and seductive imagery, found for example on Audi ‘Elements’.
Location X London location service and scoutsLocation X is the scouting, management and production arm of a joint partnership with Locationworks. Location X is a collection of location scouts and managers from across the UK and Europe, who pool decades of experience, contacts and specialist knowledge to provide an exceptionally professional service.
The team has worked in many countries under most conditions. From finding and setting-up locations to producing an entire shoot, Location X has handled hundreds of jobs across the world and benefits from one of the most extensive networks of location information sources in the UK and Europe.
Location X compiles ‘private collections’ on its website for photographers, agencies and clients to view location choices from the company’s library, along with each day’s scouting shots. These pages can be updated in seconds, providing a uniquely flexible and responsive service.
Get in touch for some free advice. As the company says, “feel free to pick our brains without the meter running”. Contact Roland Caine or Jenni Lewis for further information, or follow the link to view the temporary website.
Jack Liberties London marketing services
Jack Liberties is a "maverick ambient marketing agency", and they specialise in putting the word on the street. Services include guerrilla marketing, urban art projects, styling, event-management, seeding, subliminal placement, stunts and street media.
They work with some of the world’s leading brands including Red Bull, Adidas and i-Pod. A selection of recent work is featured at their website.
Jack is searching for new creative talent: set builders, sculptors, costume makers and artists of all kinds to join their Urban Collective. Contributors are commissioned to work on campaigns of all shapes and sizes in the UK and overseas.
To join The Collective, contact them by email.
rehabstudio London design companies
rehabstudio provides "a 360° creative digital design service" that translates brand communications across multiple media with cutting edge flair.
A young and dynamic agency, rehabstudio has won myriad competitive pitches. 2006 has started with new accounts coming from high fashion brand Jasper Conran for design, content management and creative overhaul of their global digital communications; web site re-design for Wall of Sound records; Big Life Management appointing rehabstudio for all artist’s digital communications; creating interactive web sites for bands including Futureheads, Ladyfuzz and weekly streaming of music from classical performer Gabrielle Montrero.
The team at rehabstudio continue to work towards pushing boundaries with digital communications; working in conjunction with UBC Media Group on various consumer digital media services.
Mc Queens London flowers
This year sees McQueens relocate their flower school to new premises in Clerkenwell within walking distance of the existing McQueens shop. The new building will also have a space for a flower shop as well as a work space for corporate accounts and events work.
McQueens is also proud to announce the opening of their "lifestyle retreat" Casa McQueen situated in the Le Marche region of Italy, the birth place of Ercole Moroni, McQueens creative director. The stunning property is available for private rental, corporate events and weddings. McQueens will also be running flower/cookery demonstrations at the house.
Further information can be found at the McQueens website.
- hotels and apartments
San Bartomeo LondonSteve Garforth has taken the last two years out of photography to restore San Bartomeo de Torres, a 13th century priory.
The house is now fully restored, and you can see the results at the website. It is offered as a venue for rental accommodation and location film or stills. In the grounds is a photo/film studio, available as a hire facility with or without the house, for filming, stills and catalogue.
Steve is now returning to photography with a new book and a fresh eye, represented by Agent Pandora.
ST MARTINS LANE London hotels
From its superb location at the hub of Covent Garden, West End theatres and Trafalgar Square, St Martins Lane is a striking reinvention of the urban resort. Smart and sophisticated, Philippe Starck’s design is a mix of influences - from the modern to the baroque - that gives the hotel plenty of energy and vitality. Interactive light displays in every guest room encourage guests to personalise their own individual space, helping to turn the hotel into a beautiful, changing mosaic of colour.
The hotel includes the acclaimed Asia de Cuba restaurant and the popular Light Bar.
Production rates are from £175, including complimentary upgrade and wireless internet access. Groups of 10+ rooms get a complimentary room per night. For more details and reservations, contact Danny Tamari. Sales tax not included. Subject to availability. Valid until 30 March.
myhotel Bloomsbury London hotels
“Where east meets west” is how myhotel Bloomsbury is described; a very individual urban retreat perfectly located just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Soho.
myhotel Bloomsbury offers guests a unique dynamic mix of east meets west - from the buzzy mybar to the tranquil escape of the library and jinja spa.
Designed with contemporary eclecticism in mind, the hotel is a magnet for media types.
Visit the website and enjoy the myhotels experience with myoffers.
myhotel Chelsea London hotels
“Where Sex & The City meets Brideshead Revisited” is the way they describe myhotel Chelsea.
myhotel Chelsea is an award-winning urban retreat in the fashionable Brompton Cross district of Chelsea, just a stone’s away from the famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores.
myhotel Chelsea feels like a modern country house with its jinja spa and the library in the amazing conservatory. The hotel was selected for the Condé Nast Traveller Exclusive Hot List 2003.
The Sumner Hotel London hotels
The Sumner is a new and exciting addition to London’s boutique hotel scene. It combines award-winning management with contemporary luxurious comfort to produce a unique and special stay experience.
Key features of the Sumner Hotel:
- Brand new
- Luxurious design
- Central location
- "Boutique" style
- Rooms from £99
- Air conditioning in all rooms
- Free wireless high-speed Internet access