Saturday 19 April 2014

Leaving LA: Snapper to the stars coming home

Tony Kelly with Cameron Diaz

Irish photographer Tony Kelly, who cut his teeth doing ambitious shoots for LIFE magazine during the Celtic Tiger, has recently shot Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone for the May cover of American Playboy magazine.

Now based in Los Angeles, the Dublin photographer who rubs shoulders with the likes of Cameron Diaz has shot pop stars including Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

Kelly, who is one of the senior contributing photographers at the men's magazine, has recently been involved in some of the most iconic Playboy shoots in the last 30 years.

He photographed the magazine's July cover of 25 synchronised swimmers forming a bunny shape in a pool in LA. Kelly will return home to Dublin this summer, on advice he received from the wife of the late Helmut Newton.

He and June had lunch and she encouraged him to retrace his youth through his medium of photography.

Sunday Independent

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