By Joel O’Sullivan
28 November – 16 December 2011
Private View: Monday 28th November, 6:30-9pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday 4th December 14:00
As an international hairstylist Joel was privileged to work with many of the worlds top photographers, including David Bailey,Terrance Donovan, Lord Patrick Lichfield,Terry O’Neil and John Swanell. Joel also worked on many calendar and private shoots with the these same photographers for their
books and gallery exhibitions, many of them nudes.
Always with a camera in his tool bag, Joel would take a few candid snaps behind the scenes whilst dreaming of the day he could be shooting the pictures himself. Aware that Bailey used to say every hairdresser wants to be a photographer and every photographer a real artist, while working on a shoot for Italian Vogue, Bailey turned to Joel and said “you’ve a good eye, you should be a photographer”. Shortly after Joel’s break came when a photographer was unable to turn up for a fashion shoot for the Daily mail, Joel promptly stepped forwards and said “as we’re all here why don’t I do it”, after which there was no turning back. Joel took a year out to travel to Australia, Thailand and India with the intention of taking as many nudes, landscapes and portraits as possible, upon his return many of the pictures appeared in various publications. Having lived and worked with actors since his early days in the Vidal Sassoon salon on Sloane Street, it is of no surprise that Joel would find himself working as a film still’s photographer on films such as Bend It Like Beckham and music videos for Sir Paul McCartney and Tina Turner. He now loves to shoot portraits of actors, celebrities and regular people whose faces are maps of their lives. Of all the photographers Joel admires, Helmut Newton was the greatest influence for his daring nudes and portraits of celebrities.