29 January 12
BAFTA has established a pool of talented photographers to develop our 'future archive' of imagery. Find out more...
As part of our photography strategy, the Academy has developed a policy of using a new photographer each year for publishing commissions awards portraiture. These photographers are working in the international visual arena already and have individual styles that enhance the variation of our ‘Future Archive’.
In other areas we are keen to have a policy of trialling new photographers where we can to establish a link to new talent in this area as well as discussing further ways of enhancing BAFTA’s inclusion in the ongoing photographic story.
British born Sarah Dunn received her first camera on her 8th birthday and has never looked back. Her professional career was launched in 1998 after a helping hand from Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett, both of whom contributed to Sarah's first professional portfolio.
Sarah’s love of cinema has always been the driving force behind her work making the BAFTA collaboration a unique, insightful and very fulfilling project. When Sarah was selected to photograph entrepreneurs by The National Portrait Gallery in London it began a long running relationship. They are the only gallery to hold her archive.
Simon Leigh is a London based British photographer whose work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, London's South Bank Centre and a number of smaller galleries. His work crosses the boundaries of reportage, art, fashion, still life and portraiture and has been published by The Guardian, Forbes Russia, Time Out and The Independent.
"I started in photography working straight from school to a local newspaper. I then progressed to London and started freelancing for the national press shooting news and sport. I have covered the Bosnian war, FA cup finals, John McCarthy and Terry Waites return from captivity etc but I really wanted the one to one interaction with the artist so gradually started to shoot portraits.
Recently I have shot Simon Cowell, Michael Caine, Euan McGregor and Rod Stewart who sang “the wheels on the bus” to my 2 year old daughter !!"
"I was propelled into photography by my love of music and began my career photographing bands at the Marquee and worked first for music papers and magazines. The work progressed from live shows to cover features and portraits with subjects ranging from the utterly obscure, And Also The Trees, to the ultra famous, The Rolling Stones. Since then the gamut has expanded to include actors, artists, sportsmen and politicians as well as musicians for an array of publications both in the UK and abroad.’
My work has also been extensively used for record covers and in the theatre with commissions in the West End and from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recently I have turned my attention to landscapes and am currently working on a project to photograph the A1."
"The shots I have taken for BAFTA have taken me to another level in the world of photography and no doubt helped me get some amazing shoots after the event. I love photographing actors and BAFTA gave me that opportunity to work more in that field.
I recently relocated to Sidney after shooting in London for more than 15 years. I have done work for a wide range of commercial and editorial clients including The Observer, Time Out, Sunday Times, Q Magazine, Attitude, ES Magazine and the Radio Times."
"As a photographer I specialise in behind the scenes and portraiture, primarily in the entertainment industry. Recently I completed a year behind the scenes of British film project for The Sunday Times Magazine which included visiting twenty film sets of various genre’s, spending an evening in a recording studio with a rock star and an Oscar winning writer and photographing two of Britain’s most exciting new directors at home."
"I come from a background in film and TV set design and tend to storyboard all my ideas in a sketchbook beforehand, this is usually only the starting point before we go off elsewhere.
Aside from the projects with BAFTA I have worked as a portrait photographer within music, entertainment and advertising for the last 12 years. Recent sitters include Kanye West, Ronnie Wood and Paul Weller and his work often appears in the likes of The Guardian, Esquire and The Saturday Times."
"“In November 2010 I was called by BAFTA to produce the photo essays for the Film and TV Awards souvenir brochures in 2011. For the Film Awards I was to shoot British directors which was an interesting commission, but also for me a significant one as I has cut my teeth earlier in my career as an on-set photographer."
Phil Fisk shoots commissioned portraits for The Times Magazine and The Observer, as well as occasional work for Le Monde. He also does publicity shoots for Channel4 and Sky. As well as BAFTA he has recently completed a series of posters for the National Theatre and is always in the midst of several personal projects.
"I started my career in photography as an apprentice in Fleet Street, with a view to working my way up through the ranks via the dark rooms and processing labs, which I feel has given me a really good grounding. In my spare time at weekends, I started to shoot sporting events and also covered various news stories.
"I now mainly specialize in television publicity images working with various production companies on behalf of the BBC and ITV as well as working on commissions for magazines.
"I have been a professional photographer for over 20 years and have worked with BAFTA for 10 years now, which I have thoroughly enjoyed."
Greg has a strong BAFTA connection as he has been the official backstage photographer at the British Academy Film Awards since 2005. This also gives us the opportunity to showcase the craft of Unit Photography.
Greg has an interesting professional background is as a photojournalist, and shot news features in trouble spots such as Burma, Chechnya and Sierra Leone in the 1990s. As a portrait photographer he has worked with many of the world's most popular actors including Catherine Zeta Jones, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jnr, Keira Knightly and Daniel Craig
"I knew from the age of about 16 that I wanted to be a photographer and that I wanted to do portraiture above all other things. I was lucky to start out at a time when great things were happening in music and film in Britain in the early nineties. I was photographing people who were the same age as me. There was a great sense of camaraderie and fun. Those years gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in a relatively short period of time and since then I’ve grown into the kind of photographer that I wanted to be, which is one who uses his work to gain access to a lot of fascinating and varied worlds. Photography is the key that opens a lot of doors that would otherwise remain locked."