November 2011 - Shoot|Photographers Agent London | Shoot|Photographers Agent London

The Slide The Slide

Jay Brooks created the joyously hair raising images for the campaign to promote The Slide, the new thrill ride at the Orbit tower at the QE Olympic Park.  It is the ultimate helter-skelter twisting and turning around the tower,  dropping 178 meters in 40 seconds.  Time Out has already named it as their number one thing to do this year!

Here’s some more stuff about The Slide:

What to expect

Visitors will descend the world’s highest and, at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide, as they travel down the UK’s tallest public artwork, they’ll pass through light and dark sections with London’s dramatic skyscape whizzing by!

In the 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew section names the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – and end with a 50m straight run back down to earth!

Ride again!

The ArcelorMittal Orbit has been enthralling visitors since the London 2012 Games with it’s spectacular views of the London skyline and we know that you’ll love the new hair-raising slide experience so much that you’ll want to relive it, and you can! For just an additional £5 you can head straight back to the top and calm your nerves with the spectacular London skyline, before taking position and riding the slide once again! To be sure of your repeat descent, you can book an extra slide in advance once you’ve bought your initial combined ticket by calling 0333 800 8099 with your booking reference number.

About the design

The Slide was created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It is a unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists and a major new art installation for London, as well as yet another reason to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – fast becoming London’s most exciting playground!

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!


Congratulations to our friends at Farah Vintage who this week won ‘Menswear Brand of the Year’ at the Drapers Awards in London. Up against some fierce competition, Farah Vintage pulled off the most coveted honor a brand could strive for.

We’d also like to give a very special mention to SHOOT photographer, Gavin Watson, who has worked with Farah Vintage for the last few years and most recently shot the Fall/ Winter 11 campaign, bringing his iconic style and edge to develop the brand image.


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

Photo Professional Magazine is the largest and most widely distributed publication for professional photographers in the UK. It’s brand new December issue came out today, and Pip made a small mark in its history by becoming the youngest ever cover photographer the magazine has ever commissioned. The shoot was part of an expert review of a brand new Broncolor lighting range that Pip was asked to do for them. To read the article he wrote and see some behind the scenes photos from inside the studio, check out the magazine. Some images from the shoot are in the gallery above.