Image wizards: Shooting the talented
Photography by Emily Quinn, fashion edited by Constance Harris
Fashion photography is an exotic concept to many people. Just who are the wunderkinder who generate the imagery that we take as gospel as to how we should look and what we should aspire to? Well, today in LIFE we are going to demystify the image wizards by showing you some of the shining lights in Ireland's fashion-photography and styling industry and, I must comment, looking vastly better dressed than they usually are!
The brainchild of Emily Quinn -- a photographer whose name you will know from our magazine pages -- the project took three months, involved more than 15 creative teams, tons of diary juggling and oodles of favours to get busy make-up artists and hairstylists to work their magic on the fashion-stylist and photographer teams.
But it was worth it, Emily told me. "At Christmas time, I saw an H&M campaign and I loved the fact that there was a closeness in it, that I thought felt really positive," Emily told me. "I thought of how when you get a photographic team together -- a photographer and a stylist -- you have to be strong together. There has to be a bond. Alanna Gallagher, editor of the ezine weeklyedit.ie, and I brainstormed the idea and Shooting the Talented was born."
I adore the project, which runs for just three days, July 8-10, in PhotographyStudio.ie in The Mill, Harold's Cross, Dublin 8. It would lift your soul: it is brimming with love, passion and fun.
"I set out to create something positive. I am fed up with all the bad news. I feel it is really important we focus on all the good things in the country. The idea of the exhibition is to raise awareness of our amazing industry. And let us celebrate what we have and long may we continue," Emily said. "People are beginning to push their creativity and it is a very exciting time at the moment. We have tremendous talent in Ireland and I wanted to celebrate them. We want all the good people to stay."
Apparently, many of the photographers were very nervous about being in front of a camera for a change. "But it was nerve-racking for me, too," Emily said, "because I was shooting people who really inspire me. They were nervous? I was nervous!"
Emily has done a lot of specialist portrait work for Aids charities such as A-Z Children's Charity in Uganda. The proceeds from the sale of these photographs (€200 each) will go to Rathmines Woman's Refuge in Rathmines, Dublin 6.
PS: do read the credits -- they are fascinating; now we really can see the labels stylists truly love!
Jan and Lorna’s make-up by Christine Lucignano using Chanel products
Alison’s make-up and hair by Aisling Powell, see www.aj makeupprofessionals.com
Maciej’s hair by Paul Davey, Davey Davey, 23 Drury St, D2, see www.daveydavey.com
Courtney’s make-up by Roy Wong, see www.roywong.ie; hair by Tara Lambe at
Toni&Guy, Malahide, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 845-8700
Made for you by Arms, 38 Clarendon St, D2, tel: (01) 677-5020, or see www. madeforyoubyarms.com
Roisin Gartland, The Design Tower, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Pearse St, D2, tel: (01) 671-0020, or see www.roisingartland.com
Havana, 2 Anglesea House, D4, tel: (01) 260-2707, or see www.havanaboutique.ie
Dolls, 32b Westbury Mall, Clarendon St, D2, tel: (01) 672-9004
John Rocha, 15a Dover St, London W15 4LR, tel: (004420) 7495-2233
Susannah Grogan, see www.scarf.ie Eme Vandal, Ground Floor, 10 Nth Great George's St, see www.emevandal.com
Cup Cakes Lingerie, 44-46 Ranelagh Village, D6, tel: (01) 412-6878, or see www.cupcakeslingerie.ie
Bow, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, tel:( 01) 707-1763, or see www.bowboutique.ie Loulerie, 14b Chatham St, D2, tel: (01) 672-4024 BT2, 28-29 Grafton St, D2, tel: (01) 605-6747, or see www.bt2.ie Buffalo, 16 Exchequer St, D2; also available at Arnotts
Carl Parker Jewels, see www.carlparkerjewels.com Chic Unique, Corballis Shopping Centre, Ratoath, Co Meath, tel: (01) 825-7670
Photography by Emily Quinn, see www.emilyquinn.com
Shot at the PhotographyStudio.ie For more information, contact Peter Love, 3rd Floor, The Mill, Greenmount Industrial Estate, Harolds Cross, D12, tel: (01) 685-2223
With special thanks to Alanna Gallagher from www.weeklyedit.ie
PhotoIreland is a Dublin-based organisation dedicated to stimulating dialogue around photography in Ireland. In 2010, we developed Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture: The
PhotoIreland Festival, which runs from July 8-10, see www.photoireland.org
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