Ken Russell, one of the greatest of British film directors, died on Sunday at the age of 84. Often criticised by lesser souls for being pretentious, outrageous and self indulgent (of course he was but that was the point) Ken’s genius was to bring a courage, energy and visual brilliance to the screen which has rarely been surpassed. His great films, Women in Love, The Music Lovers, The Devils, stand out as artistic beacons in the history of British cinema.
Shoot’s Paul Rider photographed Russell on various occasions in the 80’s and 90’s “He was always quite ‘difficult’ to work with, fierce, dogmatic, at times bombastic. But he was also great value, very funny, irreverent, brimming with ideas and opinions about everything and, like his films, never dull. A true original” RIP.
We are extremely proud of Dean Chalkley’s most recent accolade as he was named winner of NME’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography Award’.
As quoted by NME, “From shooting Arctic Monkeys for our Radar section to capturing Pete Doherty being set on fire – and plenty more besides – Dean Chalkley has been responsible for some of the most iconic music photography for the past 10 years.”
Congratulations…we couldn’t agree more!
Jay Brooks photographs Kasabian ‘living dangerously’ in Short List Issue 203/ 24 November 2011
It recently came to our attention (whilst zoning out in front of the random rotating screen saver), the vast amount of weird and wonderful celebrity archive images we possess from our acclaimed roster of photographers…and simply it felt wrong not to share them!
So to kick start Happy Archive Friday, we look back at X-Factor judge and sex kitten of the moment, Miss Kelly Rowland, all pretty and pink – circa 2003 by Ray Burmiston.
The only thing to say about this picture…’WE WISH WE WERE THERE’!!! Ray Burmiston onset of Life’s Too Short, captured the funny men in action along with the amazing cameos. Brilliant!
SHOOT was commissioned to produce and photograph the Spring/ Summer 12 look book for Chinese mens fashion brand, San Kelloff, with fashion photographer, Andrew Borthwick at the helm. A home grown, high end menswear brand, the brief was to reflect a European and luxury lifestyle image to represent it’s fine workmanship and remarkable quality, which is favoured by the ‘successful’ Chinese businessman.
Shot in and around Whitehall, these two raw images are a sneak preview from the day with the finished product still to come.
Paul Rider’s image for the show Wheeler Dealer takes over the reception at the Discovery Channel…GIANT SIZE!!!
Jay Brooks for the Guardian Weekend – 05.11.11 – snaps ‘comedy god’ Ricky Gervais as he impersonates Charlie Chaplin and one joke backfires! See more photos from the shoot here