All posts tagged: Phil Fisk

A fictional turn with A Thousand Word Photos

“She hangs around with us after school even though we make it clear she bores us. We whisper nonsense and pretend to laugh at jokes so she laughs too, and we ask, ‘What’s so funny?’ to watch her squirm. She knows we are mean, and yet still she follows along behind. ‘Like a dog,’ we say, loud enough for her to hear.”

On athousandwordphotos.com this is the start of the text accompanying an image of Russian army cadets by Anastasia Taylor-Lind – but it’s not a direct quote from one of the young women depicted. Instead it’s a work of fiction by author Claire Fuller, inspired by the image but written without any knowledge of the circumstances in which it was shot.

It’s the same with the story that accompanies Karim Ben Khalifa’s photograph of a sofa, which was taken in war-torn Kosovo in 1999. In real life, the sofa had been looted and therefore set on fire by French peace-keepers to discourage further looting. But in author Dan Dalton’s hands, it’s set on fire by a 17 year old, who had spent happy hours with a slightly wayward group of friends hanging out on the abandoned couch. Meanwhile a photograph taken by Dungeness nuclear power station by Phil Fisk, inspired Lydia Ruffles to write a short story about a worker called Tomo who’s afraid of the sea.

Pairing documentary photography with fictional writing isn’t new – in fact it’s become quite a trend, with image-makers such as David Goldblatt, Vasantha Yogananthan, Max Pinckers, and Dayanita Singh – among many more – all playing with the combination in recent years. But the examples above come from quite a different project, set up to support Interact Stroke Support – a London-based charity that organises sessions in which actors read to recovering stroke patients.

2019-01-28T10:19:43+01:00

BAFTA portraits of the British film industry’s unsung talent

At the end of January, BAFTA will be opening the doors to its historic Piccadilly headquarters to showcase a new photography exhibition. British photographer Phil Fisk was commissioned to shoot BAFTA: For the Love of Film, a series of portraits of the skilled professionals working in the industry today. While the cream of British acting and directing sits for Fisk – including David Oyelowo and Stephen Frears – he digs deeper and pays tribute to the essential cinematic talent behind the camera whose contributions aren’t celebrated as widely. Fisk shoots them in their working environment, giving us an insight into the numerous roles involved in pulling a feature film together. Fisk shoots cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interstellar, Spectre) with his camera casually slung atop his shoulder; casting director Nina Gold (The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game) is pictured with a pair of pom-poms made from the shredded remains of actor’s headshots; and we see production designer Jacqueline Abrahams (The Lobster, The Look of Love) inside her office, with reference books, magazine …

2016-01-20T16:56:04+01:00

BJP Staff