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Seamus Ryan's Sunday Shoots
By PA News Team
05 September 2008 12:11
EAST END PEOPLES PHOTOGRAPHER SETS UP OPEN STUDIO IN HARRODS
Part of the ‘That’s Entertainment’ season, 8 September to 31 October
From 14 September, East London culture will meet West London glamour as award-winning portrait photographer, Seamus Ryan, starts a six-week residency at Harrods for its That’s Entertainment season.
Since 2006, Seamus has opened the studio to the public each Sunday for themed shoots that aim to explore different aspects of spirit, personality and identity. During the six week period where these free shoots will be transferred to Harrods themes will include ‘Windswept and Interesting’, ‘Film Noir’ and ‘Hollywood Portraits’ to tie in perfectly with ‘That’s Entertainment’, a season which explores the use of drama and theatre in retail.
Seamus has completed over seventy public projects to date and hopes that moving his studio to Harrods will produce even more exciting and varied material to add to his collection. Speaking about the collaboration Seamus commented, “My Sunday Shoot projects, having their base in Columbia Road Flower Market, have become an East End institution and I'm delighted to bring the project to a new audience in West London.”
“The idea behind the shoots is to explore different aspects of portraiture, to reveal personality and spirit and I hope that many new stars will be born during the Harrods shoots.”
14 September – Windswept and Interesting, 21 September – Hollywood Portraits,
28 September – Film Noir, 5 October – Fashion Beauty Portraits
12 October – Silhouette Project, 19 October – The Poseur (TBC)
It is free to participate in the ‘Sunday Shoots’ and all pictures are available via Seamus Ryan’s studio website.
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Seamus Ryan- Profile
Photographer Seamus Ryan is known internationally for his distinctive portrait work. He had been a renowned advertising photographer for many years and has worked on innumerable high profile press and poster campaigns for companies such as Nike, the BBC, and British Airways.
His work has received many industry awards and is part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has photographed a great many high profile celebrities including Helena Christensen, Peter Gabriel, Eric Cantona, Martin Johnson, Tom Stoppard, Jools Holland, Shane Warne, and David Tennant.
What sets Seamus apart from his contemporaries is what he does each Sunday. In 2006 Seamus opened his Columbia Road Flower Market studio to the public, inviting them to participate in a unique series of portrait based projects. These sessions, collectively known as ‘Sunday Shoots’ aim to explore different aspects of spirit, personality and identity. Seamus uses his extensive lighting experience to make everyone look fabulous and his easy Irish charm to relax the more nervous subjects. He has completed over seventy public projects to date creating a fascinating visual record of experiment and participation.
In 2007 Seamus set up a business called Boothnation, which custom builds photobooths for events and parties. Using his ‘beauty lighting’ and the world’s first wind machine in a booth ,the photobooth has been brought right up to date. Boothnation’s booths have been hugely popular at all sorts of high profile events in venues such as the ICA, Soho House, and the National Portrait Gallery.
Seamus’ Sunday Shoots have been recently been featured on Current TV in a short art film.