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Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar  Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.

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Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.

With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:

If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Ray Burmiston has been hard at work shooting these very fine images of this year’s crop of X Factor hopefuls for Simon Cowell’s Syco TV, the show’s producers.

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Pictured here in ‘no particular order’ but starting at the top left are Honey G, Bradley and Ottavio, 5 AM, Matt, Gifty and Emily who all hope to be warbling their way to stardom in the coming weeks.

Honey G is the ‘star’ of the show.  She has caused controversy since landing a place on the live finals mainly because no one can believe she is really is a rapper from the mean streets of ‘North Weezy’, or Harrow as it is more generally known, and is actually serious.

And now X Factor fans have claimed the show is a ‘fix’ after it was revealed that Honey G has been lined up for a personal appearance in Scotland, the same night as the Saturday night stalwart’s finale.

The opinion dividing rapper has been ‘confirmed’ to appear at a Kirkcaldy nightclub, Kitty’s & Kandy, on December 10th – the exact night the final four contestants will perform for the judges.

But apparently it’s ok because the club have only got her on a pencil, so if she’s still in the competition they will rearrange.  Good to see the good folk of Kirkcaldy being so forward looking and that Honey G’s post X Factor career is getting off to a flying start.

Pip shot these strong and dynamic images of dancer Wes Bingwa as part of the advertising campaign for De Montfort University (DMU). Pip-Dancerblog-comp1 Pip-Dancerblog-comp2

Jay Brooks was tasked with photographing the high energy cast of the Bugsy Malone revival at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith.

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Set in 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone is not your typical gangster story because the musical’s cast is made up entirely of kids. Three sets of under-16s share the seven lead roles, accompanied by a 14-strong ensemble aged between 16 and 22 who perform every night. As you’d expect there are plenty of gangland shootings, but the youthful gangsters wield splurge guns, which shoot custard pie foam instead of bullets. During the shoot Jay was ‘lucky’ enough to experience this first hand, getting ‘pied’ by the cast.

Based on the film of the same name, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and a washed up yet well-meaning boxer named Bugsy Malone. It has been over 10 years since Bugsy Malone was seen on stage and so Lyric have focused on updating the show. For example, director Sean Holmes has decided to let the children sing their own songs. In the film, adult actors’ voices were dubbed over top.

“What’s interesting about the film is that it’s not cute or sentimental,” says Holmes. “It’s really witty and ironic. It values the energies of the kids and it doesn’t patronise them. It felt like the perfect fit for the Lyric.”

Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival, Bugsy Malone is not to be missed. Closing on September 4th, there is not much time left to see the smash stage hit. Tickets are on sale now for both evening and matinee shows. Get in quick.

 

Pip photographed actor and fashion designer Sadie Frost for the Lynn Barber interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

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The shoot took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London where Sadie is rehearsing for a new play, Britten in Brooklyn, which opens at the end of August.

Here’s some of the feature by Lynn Barber. “The play actually sounds very interesting. It’s about a period from 1940 to 1941 when Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Carson McCullers (author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) were all sharing a house in Brooklyn, along with the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Sadie, of course, plays Gypsy. “She’s a great character and has a very sparky wit. She’s known as a showgirl, but there’s this other side to her — she wrote a wonderful memoir and also wrote a bestselling novel during this time called The G-String Murders. But she probably felt a bit in Carson McCullers’s shadow, so there’s this very intense relationship between the two of them. Obviously, I’ve got to work on the accent.””

Read the full article here.

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Make up by Sara Menitra

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Pip has shot the ‘cover art’ for ‘Perspective’ the new album from the band Lawson, out on 8th July on Polydor Records.  The shoot also provided the images for the two singles ‘Money and ‘Where My Love Goes’ that have come from the album.  This is Pip’s second outing with the band, he shot the cover for ‘Chapman Square’ their previous release.

See more of Pip’s music work here.

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Rebecca Miller photographed Natalie and Elliot Bergman, the duo at the heart of American rockers Wild Belle, for The Untitled Magazine.  They were celebrating the release of their second album for Columbia, ‘Dreamland’.  Brother and sister, they are definite about the importance of their relationship to the music. ‘Nothing gets between blood. We’re unbreakable. We have a bond that you can’t fuck up.’ said Natalie.

Here’s some of what The Untitled Magazine said about the band.  ‘Growing up in a musical household in Chicago, a city known for its Bluesy roots, it was only natural for siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman to form a band together. Known as Wild Belle, the duo’s signature style combines Elliot’s penchant for reggae rhythms and tropical sounds with Natalie’s raw vocals and rockstar swagger. Both musicians play instruments and collaborate on songwriting but it was Natalie’s life that provided the basis for their second full-length album, Dreamland. Reeling from the end of a romantic relationship, she packed up her bags and drove across country, settling in Venice, California. There she penned most of the album which proves to be a slightly darker follow-up to the band’s catchy debut, Isles.’

Styling: Tiffany Briseno @ Wilhelmina Artists
Hair by Deborah Brider using Shu Uemura Art of Hair
Make up by Tadayoshi Honda
Shot on location at The Carlton Hotel and The Millesime restaurant, NYC

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Jay Brooks produced this brilliant,  almost surreally regal image of the very fabulous June Whitfield to accompany her interview with You magazine.

The nation’s second most famous nonagenarian – she’s the same age as the Queen – is publicising Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in which she revives her TV role as the smart and sceptical mother of the perpetually adolescent and permanently drunk fashion diva Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders).

In the Ab Fab interview she shows an appropriately detachment to modern show biz and its stars and celebrities, some of whom have cameos in the film: Kate Moss is seen quaffing champagne and smoking a fag; Kim Kardashian turns up, as do Harry Styles and Rebel Wilson. Did June get to meet any of them?

‘I haven’t heard of Rebel. I know Kim is a model. I don’t want to name anyone else as they’re supposed to be a surprise.’

What about Vogue cover star Alexa Chung, who is also rumoured to appear?

‘Alexa who?’ she says.

Absolutely extreme styling by Natalie Read.

Ab Fab: The Movie is out on 1st July.

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Jay Brooks contributed the portrait of Rory Kinnear that forms the base of the ‘very Wiemar’ poster for the National Theatre’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.

The show’s website promises that it contains immoral behaviour and filthy language.  It follows the adventures of the evil MacHeath, Mack the Knife, played by Rory Kinnear, through the low life of 18th Century London.  Originally based on John Gay’s The Beggars Opera it was translated into German by Elizabeth Hauptmann, adapted for the German stage by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and now has been newly translated into English again by Simon Stephens for the NT.

The poster echos the photomontages created in the 1930s by the German dadaist and anti-Nazi campaigner John Heartfield.

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Jay Brooks is the latest of almost 400 photographers to photograph Tim Andrews for his now legendary Over The Hill project.

In 2007 Tim was forced to give up his job as a solicitor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Uncertain at first what to do, on a whim he answered an ad in Time Out from a photographer looking for subjects.  He went to the photographers studio, the photographs were taken, Tim enjoyed the experience and the Over The Hill project was born.

Tim began to write to photographers and ask if they would take his portrait and since then has had his photograph taken by just short of 400 different photographers, ranging from the most august professionals to the completely amateur.  The work is fascinating in its range and variety but it is driven by Tim’s generosity and enthusiasm to make the best possible pictures in every situation.  He is open to any idea, will work clothed or naked and as you can see is quite happy in a gorilla suit.

Tim has recently decided to call it a day and end the project.  There will, he says, be no more new photographs added after the end of May but we are sure that with such an amazing body of work there will be more shows and exhibitions in the future.

Learn more about ‘Over The Hill’ and the amazing Mr Andrews here.

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Rebecca Miller‘s latest work from New York with the dramatic (and dramatically named) Symone Challenger.

Here’s the story in keywords: 60’s wig; Beautiful model; Beauty shoot; Beauty test; Colors; Deborah Brinder; Fashion and flowers; Flowers; Friends and Creatives; Mangly Hernandez; Silent Models; Stockland Martel; Symone Challenger; Yoshie Kubota; beauty and flowers; beauty shoot with flowers; beauty styling; bright colors; eyelashes; flower balls; gloves.

Photographer: Rebecca Miller @rebeccamiller99

Stylist: Mengly Hernandez @missmengly

Make up: Yoshie Kubota @yoshiekubota

Hair: Deborah Brider @deborahbrider

Symone is represented by Silent Models in New York.

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Jay Brooks shot the poster for the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses featuring its stars Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West.  The show opened in mid December but from January 28th it can be seen on the National Theatre’s Live service in a cinema near you.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) it is based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France which scandalised the world in 1782. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.  Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

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The Voice is back for its fifth series.  To fire up audience anticipation, this week the BBC released this set of spectacular images from the lens of Ray Burmiston.  They feature this year’s cast of coaches: the ever present Will.i.am, the returning Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson and two new recruits, the never under-dressed Paloma Faith and shy retiring Boy George.  Meet The Voice coaches on iPlayer here.

The photos set the tone – by staging a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – for the series which promises some exciting and intriguing ‘inter-personal dynamics’ between the occupants of the revolving chairs but with less emphasis on being Welsh than in previous seasons.

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If you click here you can see a completely all round 360° tour of The Voice photoshoot as it happened!  We especially like the orgasmic cry of ‘ yes, yes, yes’ from Ray at the end.

The Voice starts ‘its journey’ on BBC 1 at 7.30 on Saturday 9th January.

 

 

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And the winners are….Jay and Aliona!

After 13 weeks of glam, glitter, tears and trauma Strictly Come Dancing 2015 has drawn to a climatic close with Jay McGuiness and his partner Aliona Vilani pronounced the winners!

Congratulations to them!   And to Ray Burmiston for his dazzling portraits of not just the winners but all the contestants.

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Matthew Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the legendary ‘Friends’, will be treading the boards of the West End in the new year in his self-penned play ‘The End of Longing’.  Jay Brooks, the go-to man to photograph Hollywood illuminati when they hit the London stage, took the picture.

‘The End of Longing’ opens at the The Playhouse Theatre in February 2016.

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Pip shot the legendary Bryan Ferry for his record label BMG.  It’s over 40 years since his career began with Roxy Music and he’s a still contender for the world’s suavist man, looking as sharp as ever.

Mr Ferry is taking to the road with tour dates in spring 2016 and a special edition of his latest album Avonmore is out now.

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ResonatorsScarlet Page‘s project to create a portrait gallery of the world’s greatest rock guitarists – is about to be launched.  The fruits of a two year project, Resonators features Brian May, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Graham Coxon, Jimmy Page and many more, all presented in high quality black and white

The book, beautifully designed by former GQ art director Warren Jackson, goes on sale on 1st December and this week, on 26th November, the Resonators exhibition opens at Proud’s Camden gallery.

Scarlet has been hard at work promoting the launch and there has been plenty of press interest in the project.  She even made it on to the famous red sofa for an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning.  See below

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Amit and Naroop‘s Singh project is currently gracing the hallowed halls of Leo Burnett London.

Amit and Naroop launched The Singh Project in Autumn 2014 and it immediately caught the attention of the public and the press.  It was covered by BBC World News, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Hindustani Times to name but a few.  It is part of a wider change that is taking place in the way Sikhs are being perceived as Lauren Cochrane commented in The Guardian.

‘Including a sword-wielding man in his sixties, a smiling boy, a polo player and finger-clicking magician, the male Sikh subjects of The Singh Project are wildly different but they are also united by the signifiers of the religion – the turban. Photographers Amit and Naroop’s exhibition at the Framers Gallery also shows how the look now has a place on fashion’s radar. Dapper young Sikh men in sharp suits are now a mainstay of mainstream street style blogs and Sikh jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia something of a figurehead starring in Gap adverts and Wes Anderson films.

Sikhs themselves are behind the shift. Along with Amit and Naroop, Pardeep Bahra, the 23-year-old fashion blogger – and Sikh – set up Singh Street Style in 2013, describing himself as the “Sikh sartorialist”. He has since scored himself nearly 35,000 followers on Instagram, modelling gigs with Adidas and Samsung and a line of sweatshirts with a cartoon Sikh character. Amit and Naroop have his seal of approval. “They have done an amazing job bringing out a sense of mystique, magic and beauty in their subjects,” says Bahra. “Coming from a similar line of work I feel this is an excellent way to not only celebrate the image of a Sikh, but to normalise the image of a turban and beard through the eyes of the west.” Normalised perhaps. Fashionable? Definitely.’

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Ray Burmiston shot national treasure and national choirmaster, Gareth Malone, for Sunday’s Event magazine.

The idea of the shoot was clearly to cast off Gareth’s twinkly choirboy image and to release his inner Ziggy Stardust.  To this end he was pictured in one of Camden Town’s sweatier rock venues and the cover of the magazine promises revelations of what he gets up to on tour. Apparently he drinks white wine and wears a onesie!

But the ever dapper Gareth really cuts it.  He looks super sharp in the pictures and the Les Paul really suits him.  We especially like the houndstooth check suit!

Gareth Malone’s current TV series The Naked Choir, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur acapella singers, is on Tuesday nights on BBC2

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The producers of #Strictly Come Dancing commissioned Ray Burmiston to produce these glittering and glamourous images of the couples contesting this year’s competition.  But as we know it is hell out there in the world of ballroom, no quarter asked or given, and some have already fallen.  It’s back on again this weekend of course.  Who will be for the drop this time?

We don’t know but less of our money is on Ainsley and more on Jay  ex-out of The Wanted.  We would like to point out that the pictures above are in no particular order!

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Strictly Come Dancing – yes there’s more – sets off on its incredible ‘journey’ this Friday with a new cast of sequined and lycra-ed contestants.  See above captured by Ray Burmiston in all their hyper coloured glory.

Shoot’s money, for what it’s worth, is on Ainsley Harriot!

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Jay Brooks was commissioned by the Directors Guild of America’s Quarterly magazine to shoot Danny Boyle, the greatest British film maker of our time, for the cover of their Summer issue.

Boyle whose extraordinary list of achievements includes Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and the opening of the 2012 London Olympics gave a typically down to earth but brilliant interview to coincide with the photoshoot, covering the whole of his career from the first film he ever saw to his up-coming bio-pic of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Read the full interview here.

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This month a set of the most evocative images from Gavin Watson’s archive collection are on show in the hallowed halls of the award winning London advertising agency CHI & Partners.

To see the images and more of Gavin’s work click here.

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Race for Life – The 2015 Pink Army Campaign, shot by Pip.

Pip shot ambassadors  Nadine Coyle and Coleen Rooney  as women warriors for the new Cancer Research Race for Life campaign, promoting women-only events across the UK to raise money and fight cancer.

Coleen said: ‘I am so thrilled to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Regardless of your age or how fit you are, everyone can take part or sponsor someone.’

And Pip’s shots of the glamorous pair in Game of Thrones-esque warrior attire have been a hit with the media and the Race for Life team.

For more information about Race for Life and how to enter an event near you over the summer head here.

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The final of  The Voice UK  took place on Saturday and the winner’s single came out on Monday so each of the finalists had a single cover ready to go all shot by our Ray Burmiston.  Chosen by the public, the finalists were Stevie McCrorie, Lucy O’Byrne, Emmanuel Nwamadi and Sahsa Simon.

Three judges Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am all had contestants in the final but not Rita Ora who was left ‘shame faced and devastated,’ that her first year on the panel ended without one of her acts in the grand finale.

The chosen track ‘Lost Stars’, was originally performed by The Voice US coach, Adam Levin, and the track was recently nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 OSCARs where it was performed by the Maroon 5 front man to an American audience of over 36 million people. Proceeds from the single will go towards the BBC’s Performing Arts Fund, a BBC charity created to support and encourage the performing arts sector across the UK.

Stevie McCrorie walked away the winner and his shot by Ray was used on the cover of the winning single!

Visit The Voice UK official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/theVOICEuk

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Rebecca Miller was commissioned to shoot legendary British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and her muse, actress Christina Hendricks, for The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Designer A-List’ issue.  The shoot took place in Vivienne’s London workshop, where she created the pieces Christina was photographed in.

Of the dresses, Christina said “I enjoy this dress because I’m quite a woman of soft curves and I love these sharp little angles on me that contrast who I am.”

Rebecca previously shot a Vivienne Westwood dress for this couture fashion story.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Miller recently shot this stunning look book for up and coming designer Danni Lin.

Rebecca shot the meticulously constructed pieces against the dilapidated backdrop of Church Walk Studio in Hackney, her new favourite place!