One of the best things about being a makeup artist is all the talented people you get to work alongside over the years. From actors to models, artists, hair stylists, designers and photographers to name but a few, I’ve been lucky enough to work with, and become friends with, the best of the best. One of those talents is Phil Griffin, a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. If you’re in London over the next month, get down to the Brownsword Hepworth Gallery to see his exhibition, Unseen Icons by Phil Griffin: 25 Years in Film & Photography.
Unseen Icons by Phil Griffin: 25 Years in Film & Photography
Phil’s unique career path has meant that he brings something really unique to his photography work. Through his work in the entertainment industry he has formed close relationships with many of his sitters, which shows in the intimate shots on display at the exhibition. His subjects have included Diana Ross, Amy Winehouse, Jon Bon Jovi, Adele, Sir Paul McCarney and HRH Princes Charles and William.
‘To me, a good photograph is never taken – but given. My job was to make myself available to capture these moments of stillness from each of my collaborators, so each portrait is a moment of pure truth and self-expression. My aim is to use these works to further the conversation about wellbeing in the arts and entertainment industry.’
The exhibition is the first step of a wider project that aims to promote the wellbeing of young people through art and expression. A proportion of the proceeds will be donated to support The Princes Trust & Amy Winehouse Foundation programs.
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