As release our Year in Focus e-book highlighting the best photography from 2014, we ask our experts across the business for their personal selection from the year.
Photographer Gareth Cattermole was one of the first to perfect the ‘alternative view’ picture so it was only fitting that we asked him to select some of the best photography in this style from 2014.
Angelina Jolie by Karwai Tang
I love the simplicity of this image of Angelina Jolie by Karwai Tang taken during the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London. No doubt there was a mass of media and guests around her, but this is a beautiful portrait showing Angelina very much at peace. It reminds me of early work by David Bailey.
Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers by Tim Whitby
This shot is so raw and full of energy. Tim literally caught a moment in time during the Isle of Wight Festival. To me this is a good example of how a photo can capture more than video can. You feel like you are actually onstage with Flea.
Multiple Exposure Models by Neilson Barnard
It can be very tough to get something different during a Fashion Week, and you search high and low for new angles. This is a great example where the use of multiple exposures works perfectly. The model’s outfit teamed with the dark background really adds drama to this shot by Neilson taken during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015.
Flare by Andrew H. Walker
Another great Fashion Week angle shot by Andrew H. Walker with the use of lens flare through the model’s legs. The use of black and white suits this shot perfectly creating a very different image. It’s not always easy to create an interesting shot from the catwalk, but the creative use of the light makes this image really stand out.
Benedict Cumberbatch by Tristan Fewings
Tristan searched for some really great vantage points during the BFI London Film Festival and a shot like this shows how well they work. No other agency had these angles and Tristan was able to produce some brilliant work. This image shows the fans desperately trying to get an autograph, is framed perfectly and the catch flash of the woman’s phone is perfectly timed.
Mirror by Ben Pruchnie
Backstage during Fashion Week is another example of an extremely difficult place to get a different shot. The classic ‘model reflected in a mirror’ has been done a million times but this image is stunning. It’s creative, unique and works perfectly with just the one eye of the model.
Sienna Miller by Stuart Wilson
Sienna Miller poses for the photographers at the ‘Foxcatcher’ premiere during the BFI London Film Festival, this time shot from a room in the Hampshire Hotel overlooking Leicester Square. Another great angle and a very unique shot. You never really know what you will get from a position like this, but it’s perfectly clean with no members of the public or PRs – just Sienna and the photographers.
Lips by Andreas Rentz
This image is so different from any other backstage shots. During Fashion Weeks, we are so used to seeing the full-length shots of models on the catwalk and backstage that a shot like this makes you really stop and look. With the focus just on the model’s lips, it’s yet again another angle which you aren’t used to seeing in such detail.
Brad Pitt by Mike Marsland
One of the things about this image that stands out is that you do not have a clue where it was taken. Once the ‘bread and butter’ shots are safely in the camera, Mike concentrates on producing portrait style shots which look truly intimate. You would not guess this was shot was taken during the closing night gala screening of ‘Fury’ during the 58th BFI London Film Festival with hundreds of fans and media around Brad.
Matthew McConaughey by Christopher Polk
This is hands down one of the best images of the year by Christopher Polk. It shows true backstage access during the Oscars; Christopher captured such a personal and intimate moment for Matthew McConaughey.
Andrew Garfield by Pascal le Segretain
This is one of those moments where you are either not quick enough to react to what’s happening or you are on the wrong lens and are only able to watch what happens rather than shoot it! An amazing shot captured by Pascal of Andrew Garfield during ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ premiere.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Tour Australia and New Zealand by Chris Jackson
This is truly a beautiful image of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taken by Chris Jackson. Perfectly framed by the flowers and trees, not only is it very touching but it has captured a very personal moment between the two of them. You feel almost as if you shouldn’t really be watching, but you find yourself drawn to what’s going on in such a lovely image.
Actress Nicole Kidman by Ian Gavan
An absolutely stunning image of actress Nicole Kidman by Ian Gavan, as she attends the opening ceremony of the ‘Grace of Monaco’ film premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. It’s another example of the skill the photographer has to create something from nothing. It’s an image that looks beautiful in black and white.
Petra Nemcova by Vittorio Zunino Celotto
This is such a fun image of Petra Nemcova by Vittorio Zunino Celotto during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Vittorio has captured such a great moment of Petra, and the lines work perfectly in this image. The clean carpet, her dress, and the photographers all show the skill needed to create such a wonderful image.Download the free Year in Focus book on iBooks