In a moment of good taste The Sun chose this picture of Margaret Thatcher for the cover of their pull out Maggie Memorial 24 page tribute yesterday. It was taken just before the election in 1987 by Paul Rider. “It was one of the strangest afternoons of my life,” Paul said ” not least because I was working for Smash Hits, a magazine whose readers had an average age of fourteen. But some one had decided that it was a good idea for Mrs T to spend an hour and a half of her busy time doing an interview and pictures for us! I thought it was bizarre but she took it completely seriously. Only when asked to wear some headphones did she politely demur, saying it would mess up her hair.”
Shoot attempts to maintain political balance at all times, so here is another picture by Paul from around the same period showing left wing heroes Red Ken Livingstone (left) and Arthur Scargill together with Hank Wangford, a country and western singer who was also a gynecologist. They are at an anti-Thatcher pro GLC rally presumably in Movember 1986.
Singh Project Update!
The first week of the Singh Project exhibition saw an inundation of press – we’ve got a small selection here for you including Amit & Naroop’s appearances on BBC World News and BBC London Radio, and features in The Guardian and The Independent.
The exhibition’s private view was an amazing evening, which was attended by many of the project’s faces – including comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and Magic Singh. Also in attendance were Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and R&B singer Jay Sean.
On October 30th we wrote:
Singh: The Exhibition is finally coming to life! Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the exhibition of portraits of British Sikhs by Amit & Naroop opens on November 3rd at the The Framers Gallery.
With the money generously pledged by a host of supporters, Amit and Naroop have been able to mount the exhibition on the scale that the portraits demand. ‘It’s really very exciting,’ said Naroop,’To see the images as prints at last. It’s a whole new experience!’
The event runs from Monday to the 15th of November – do not miss it!
Our food photographer, Scott Grummett, recently worked with home economist extraordinaire Natalie Thomson to create this lavish photo story, featuring beautifully formed chocolate desserts.
Natalie trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, and recently worked on The Great British Bake Off.
This test is a great example of the way Scott works in studio, lighting and composing photos to make the most of tiny details. For more on Scott’s methods, check out this blog post.
Unfortunately none of the made it into the Shoot office!
Rebecca Miller shot this men’s fashion feature, inspired by the music of Nick Drake, for Out There Magazine’s AW 2014 issue. The shoot features items by Hentsch Man, Blood Brother and Pepe Jeans.
Rebecca also shot video footage while at the labyrinth-like location in Somerset, which was edited by Shawn Soh into this short film, A Day Gone By.
Creative Direction: Martin Perry @ Out There
Styling: David Hawkins @ Frank
Grooming: Cassie Steward
Model: James Phillips @ Storm
Film Editing: Shawn Soh
Sound Design: Stefan Iyapah
Trafalgar Transformed has announced that BAFTA winning actor James McAvoy will return for the last instalment in their season; The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes.
Jay Brooks recently worked with the creative team to produce the poster and press shots for the upcoming show.
McAvoy will star in the black comedy as Jack, ‘a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, who inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away’. The Ruling Class will open at Trafalgar Studios next January.
Jay also shot James McAvoy and Claire Foy for Macbeth, his previous appearance for Trafalgar Transformed.
Rebecca Miller recently shot these glamorous portraits of Brit Award winner Jessie J, just minutes before she took to the stage for a performance in London.
Jessie, who got her break with the 2010 single ‘Do It Like A Dude’, began her career as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, writing hits for artists like Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus. Her credits include Cyrus’ ‘Party In The USA’.
Rebecca’s images were featured in Billboard Magazine, who interviewed the singer days before the release of her third studio album, Sweet Talker.
Rebecca Miller recently shot British musician Kindness, images that we think will be popping up everywhere after his new album, Otherness, was released on the 13th of October.
The album is his second self produced record, and features good friends and fellow musicians Blood Orange, Robyn, Kelela, Tawiah, and Ghanaian rapper M.anifest. Drowned In Sound said “everything is played to perfection throughout the album, the vocal performances uniformly excellent, the mix about as professional and clear as it gets, the gentle jazz feel perfectly and faithfully recreated”.
An interview for Noisey, Vice Magazine’s music title, featuring Rebecca’s images can be seen on their website.
Otherness is available for purchase here.
Ray Burmiston recently photographed rock music legend Billy Idol for his interview with Event Magazine. Idol spoke to the magazine about his recent performances, upcoming album, and the difficulty of writing an autobiography.
‘I had to look at myself dispassionately at times and confront addiction and my various demons. I really thought I was indestructible. When punk rock proclaimed, “There is no future”, I took that pretty seriously.’
The new album, Kings and Queens of the Underground, is set for release on the 20th of October. Idol’s memoir, Dancing With Myself is available here.
Pip recently shot these striking portraits of Lady Kitty Spencer, eldest daughter of Earl Spencer and niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Lady Kitty has spent most of her life living relatively anonymously with her mother and siblings in South Africa, though recently returning to live in London.
Following in her aunt’s humanitarian footsteps, Lady Kitty is stepping into the spotlight to raise awareness and funds for Give Us Time, a charity which coordinates time donations from holiday home and timeshare owners with British soldiers in need of rest and time with their family.
Jay Brooks‘ work for the London theatre scene has dominated the walls of the Underground in the recent months, with his portraits of Martin Freeman in Trafalgar Transformed’s Richard III, and Richard Armitage the Old Vic’s The Crucible.
The posters have now been released for the second part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the play’s author, Ayub Khan Din in ‘a modern classic comedy about growing up in multicultural England.’
We recently posted some great shots from Jay’s shoot with Tamsin Greig, for Playhouse Theatre’s season of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and now we can show you the finished product! Keep your eye out for this around.
Next up for Jay – Urinetown!
Original skinhead subculture influence Dr Martens Spirit of ’69 by Gavin Watson
Gavin Watson once again collaborates with Dr Martens to photograph their newest clothes line Sprit of ’69.
‘The Spirit of 69 Collection is a modern interpretation of a look and attitude that was started back in 1969 by first generation skinheads’.
Crack Magazine recently interviewed Gavin about the campaign and his past documentation of skinheads, here.
The Spirit of ’69 campaign is also accompanied by a short film directed by musician, Mike Skinner. See the film and full collection on the Dr Martens website.
Pip recently travelled to the coast to shoot this rugged fashion story for Men’s Health November issue. He says “we shot in an incredible coastal quarry location down in Dorset – a battle against the elements but well worth the trek!”
Model: Patrick O’Donnell @ Models 1 | Stylist: Eric Down | Grooming: Oscar Alexander
Scott Grummett recently spent a week at the idyllic Silver Island in Greece, a private island which runs a retreat for guests, teaching yoga and promoting relaxation.
At the insistence of many visitors, Silver Island are publishing a cook book of the vegetarian recipes served at the retreat, accompanied by Scott’s stunning images of food and life on the island.
Scott travelled to the island with his assistant Jack Fillery.