PHOTOGRAPHERS AND COLLECTIONS
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Opera, classical music and theatre photographer
Born in 1945, Clive Barda is one of Britain’s most distinguished photographers of classical music and the performing arts. While reading Modern Languages at London University he developed a passion for music and photography which remains undimmed.
Clive's work has been widely exhibited internationally, including a major retrospective - “EXPOSURE!” in China and the UK in 2012 and a permanent exhibition at London’s Wigmore Hall. Numerous books of his work have been published – most recently “The Power of the Ring” to coincide with the Royal Opera House’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Media Museum.
Johan Persson, specializing in ballet, studio portraiture, dance and theatre photography
Swedish born Johan Persson was a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet before an enforced rest necessitated by a chronic injury gave him the opportunity to return to his other great passion – photography. “I love the whole magic of it,” he says, “capturing a moment that tells an entire story.”
Johan specialises in portraiture and promotional and production photography for live theatre. His extensive client list includes leading West End producers, theatre and dance institutions in the United Kingdom. He has also exhibited at Westminster, The Riverside Gallery (Richmond), the Mikimoto (Japan), as well as solo exhibitions at The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), The Donmar Warehouse and Sheffield Theatres.
His books include The Royal Ballet: 161 images, Pas De Deux: The Royal Ballet in Pictures, Garsington Opera: A celebration and A Decade at the Donmar: 2002 - 2012.
"Capturing dance motion in a photograph is easy now but capturing the decisive moment of drama or grace that brings dance it’s power as a theatrical experience is quite another. Persson’s best pictures have a raw, artless truth that is rarely found in the perfect formality of much dance photography" (Ismene Brown, Daily Telegraph)
Nobby Clark - rock'n'roll and theatre photographer
“Strong and dramatic his pictures have the knack of always letting you know what the characters in the scene are thinking. His instinct for making the shutter click at precisely the right moment seems never to have faltered. I wish we were all so richly endowed – but at least he insists that we don’t just look, we SEE”. Sir Peter Hall's perfect summary of famed photographer Nobby Clark’s brilliant photography.
Nobby's coverage of stage, screen, rock n’roll and all subjects in between are an integral part of the UK’s visual performing and non-performing history over the last 40 years and includes productions from our foremost arts organisations including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet. He has also worked with many of the UK's greatest directors: Sir Richard Eyre; Sir Trevor Nunn; Billy Bryden; John Dexter; Sir Alan Ayckbourn; John Schlesinger and Sir Peter Hall to name a few.
Recent publications include: Bryden and Clark, Lives in the Theatre; Close up Magic – 40 years at the Bush Theatre; A Decade at the Donmar 2002-2012; Northern Broadsides: 20 years; but possibly the highlight of them all, was being included in the Rolling Stones : 50 exhibition at London’s Somerset House. His original Rolling Stones images were first published collectively in Starf*cker – a photographic documentary which Nobby best describes as a “celebration of the greatest rock'n'roll band on the planet”.
GLYNDEBOURNE PRODUCTIONS LTD
This collection represents a full photographic history of the world-renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour repertoire from its opening in 1934 to current productions and includes the archives of house photographers Guy Gravett (1953-1995) and Mike Hoban (1995-2008). It is a rich and fascinating collection of singers, conductors and other major creatives capturing the very essence of this world-class opera house.
Dan Porges - American Israeli classical music photographer Dan Porges is an American Israeli photographer. He has photographed some of the most important politicians, writers, musicians, dancers and artists in the world. Understanding music and rhythm and being a portraitist has helped take some breathtaking images. He has worked for many orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frazer Ashford - theatre, musical theatre, rock and pop and pantomime photographer.
During the late 1970's and the early 1980's Frazer gained a reputation for his imaginative rock and theatre photography. His subjects included such legends as Charlie Chaplin, Gene Pitney, The New Seekers, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Elton John, Glenda Jackson and Dame Anna Neagle with many of his photographs published in newspapers, magazines and books as well as being featured in one-man exhibitions around the UK and America. In 1983 he hung up his cameras and stored all the negatives away from view.
25 years later, Frazer has re-discovered his original 130,000+ negative archive and by taking advantage of the latest digital technology, he is able to provide these images again, many for the first time. Frazer has also started taking pictures again and is in demand for providing both backstage and front-of-house production images. He has been awarded the Associateship of The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).
John Timbers – theatre, television and British personalities photographer
John’s archive is a wonderful collection of theatre productions, personalities, portraiture, film and television from the 1960s through to 2002. He started his career after photographic college as assistant to Anthony Armstrong-Jones (1st Earl of Snowden) before setting up on his own. His early projects include(d) working on the ground-breaking TV drama series Armchair Theatre, sessions with the Bond crew for From Russia With Love, and an assignment to photograph the cast of Beyond the Fringe. In 1960, his first contact with the Royal Court Theatre had him photographing the production of The Naming of Murderer's Rock, the directorial debut of John Bird and later that year he was back to photograph Orson Welles directing Laurence Olivier in Ionesco's Rhinoceros, and Rex Harrison for the production of Chekhov's Platonov.
John approached each subject with the same mixture of concentration and wit. He had the great ability to engage on a personal level and many of the performers and personalities he photographed became great friends. His last London exhibition was held at the Chelsea Arts Club and among the portraits was one taken in Brighton of Sir Ralph Richardson. The great actor had refused to go outside in the wind, not wanting to appear "looking like King Lear", but the session was a success. After Richardson's death, his widow said, "I just know Ralphy would want you to have his camera. I expect you'll find it useful." To John's astonishment, "She produced a Leica M3, circa 1957, in immaculate condition, with two or three additional lenses. I was completely gob-smacked." He found that the camera, the sort favoured by Cartier-Bresson, was one of the quietest ever made. John used it for the rest of his life. Four of his photographs are exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.
Mark Ellidge - opera, theatre and dance photographer
Mark Ellidge (1939 - 2010) was one of life’s gentlemen; always charming, always witty and he always got great shots. He started out working as a freelance news photographer. In 1971 he joined the Sunday Times and his fantastic coverage of the performing arts was the visual highlight of their arts coverage for nearly 40 years.
We are delighted to be representing Mark’s work and have a huge selection of his images covering a wide range of opera, theatre and ballet between 1990 and 2009.
Nigel Norrington - theatre, dance, ballet and opera photographer
Nigel’s photography covers theatre, opera and dance. His images have created a wonderful wide-ranging archive including coverage of many of the world’s most prestigious ballet, opera and theatre companies. His work is regularly published both in the UK and overseas.
Pete Jones - theatre and classical music photographer
Pete Jones completed a BA in Film Studies before going on to Goldsmiths College to do an MA in photography. Early clients included various fringe theatre productions, the Royal Academy of Dance, a wide range of reportage, publicity shots for PR and marketing companies and a number of charities. This breadth work set a pattern which has enabled Pete to build a career around his two great passions - documentary photography and the performing arts.
Pete has covered a wide range of regional and West End theatre productions as well as stints photographing the Edinburgh Festival. His classical music clients include the Wigmore Hall, European Youth Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Ysaye Quarter and the BBC Choir of the Year. In 2001 he completed a year-long project documenting backstage life (over 40 shows) at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. More recently he has been contracted as a creative, producing campaigns and brochures including portrait work and events for corporate clients.
Pete’s work with the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and many independent companies has culminated in several tie-in books including: ‘The Diet Doctors Inside and Out”, Gina Ford’s latest book and Adam Hart–Davis’s "What the Tudors and Stuarts Did for Us”. Pete has also toured an exhibition fully funded by Arts Council England entitled "Stories High", a collaborative art project documenting the decline of the amazing art deco building, Embassy Court, which is situated on Brighton’s seafront.
Sasha Gusov - portraiture, classical music, ballet and dance photographer
Russian photographer Sasha Gusov was first introduced to photography at the age of 13. In 1989 he moved to England but becoming a photographer here was not a simple matter and initially he lived a hand to mouth existence getting work wherever he could before finding a job with the printer Roy Snell who, when not working, allowed Sasha access to the darkroom for his own photography.
Sasha established his credentials as ‘an image-maker with something to say’ in 1993 when a self-commissioned photographic project ‘Images of the Bolshoi Ballet Company taken during the company’s 1992 London tour, was published by the British Journal of Photography. This beautiful and remarkable behind-the-scenes study of dancers, musicians and onlookers offered a social and narrative dimension to the everyday life of ballet which was both new and innovative.
Sasha’s archive is a richly diverse and interesting resource of portraits of leading artists from theatre, (Peter Hall, Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack, Alfred Molina, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance, David Tennant, Ewan McGregor); music (Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Berezovsky, Yuri Bashmet, Bryn Terfel, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Rodney Bennett, Evgeny Kissin) and dance (Darcey Bussell, Irek Mukhamedov). We’ve even slipped in some great images of Everything but the Girl.
His work is widely published throughout the world. Photographic books include: Shooting Images (2001); Belarus; Italian Carousel (2003); Locusts (2008); Terra Incognita (2010); Royal Parks (2011); 25 years in Photography (2014); The Bolshoi (2016), People Like Us (2017).
Sheila Burnett - theatre photographer
Sheila Burnett studied at Birmingham School of Art and came to London to work as an illustrator in Fleet Street. After leaving Fleet Street she became an actor and joined the Pip Simmons Theatre Group, one of the first experimental theatre companies in England. Over the next eight years Sheila took many photographs of the group and its touring activities which, once again, led to another change in career.
Sheila has now been working as a professional photographer for 25 years for many of the UK’s foremost cultural organisations including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hackney Empire, Improbable Theatre, the Almeida, Hampstead Theatre and the RSC. Her focus is mainly production & pre-production, and all projects related to the Arts including actors‘ headshots and portraits. Sheila also has an extensive archive of the 1980’s alternative theatre, including Women’s Theatre and LGBT Theatre.