Jet set photographer here for lecture, fashion show
Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the late Michael Jackson they’ve all posed for lensman Dave Hogan.
He’s established himself as a top photographer of celebrities over the last 30 years and regularly travels to exotic locations to snap pictures of the rich and famous.
The British photographer is to share his experiences and encounters with stars in a talk at the Bermuda Society of Arts on Monday.
“I’ve been working in the fashion industry since 1979 and managed to gain inside access into the celebrity lifestyle,” said Mr Hogan, who will also photograph a fashion show featuring local and international models while here.
“I was working as a club photographer and from that then got a contract with an English newspaper called The Sun to go on tour with pop bands. I’ve worked for Madonna, The Rolling Stone, Michael Jackson and have been on tour with them. My book is called ‘Access All Areas’ and that’s what the talk will be, an insight into the A-list lifestyle that I photograph. I work with them but it’s not like I’m their new best friend, I’m there to do a job.
“I photographed Madonna very, very early in her career in the 1980s before she was a major star, I went on tour with Michael Jackson in the 80s and then did some pictures of him before his last tour. Sometimes I could be working for them, for their website, because ultimately they want publicity. They want me because I can get images that are usable in newspapers and magazines around the world.”
Mr Hogan has also been hired by The Sun newspaper in the UK, and Getty Images, to take pictures of celebs.
The advancement in photography over the last two decades means that speed in distributing images to publications is critically important. It is all about getting the picture ... fast.
He shoots, hands the card to an assistant and within minutes the images are being seen around the world. He works for photography wire service Getty Images but distances himself from the paparazzi hanging outside nightclubs, usually because, as he says, he is already inside taking pictures before the other photographers.
“I’ve just re-signed a deal with Getty Images for the next five years, they bought my company [Mission Pictures] a few years ago and they are one of the biggest distribution of entertainment images,” he explained. “I worked for The Sun on retainer but distribution of my images are by Getty Images. If there is a film premiere in London that picture, after it goes to Getty, will be in 45 countries within five minutes of taking the picture.
“Basically it is all about the distribution of images now. With the internet the way it is, it doesn’t always matter if it is the best picture, sometimes it’s just got to be the first picture.
“So when I photograph a live news event I’ll have my assistant. As I’m shooting he will be transmitting the pictures standing right next to me and those images will be transmitted within five minutes. We have a laptop and Wi-Fi points put up in all the major entertainment venues in London the cinemas, film premieres and the concert halls.
“When I first started I would fly to somewhere like Brazil and then go and process the film and pick a few pictures and process them. Quite often I would go to New York and would have a £1,000 phone bill because I would be transmitting pictures through the night for the following day’s newspaper.
“The dynamics of sending a picture is so much cheaper. The internet has changed you life and you either go with it or you don’t. At the same time you have seen a devaluing of our industry because it is so instant and everybody is a photographer now. Everybody has a camera or an iPhone now.”
He added: “I was probably 18, 19 when I first started and for five years I never unpacked my suitcase, just travelled around the world. It’s difficult to justify sending me to America when we’ve got ten photographers who can do an equally good job and can get the pictures back just as quick. So because of technology I perhaps don’t travel as much as I used to. My air miles are down a little bit.”
Mr Hogan has travelled widely but lists Bermuda as one of his favourite vacation destinations. Last summer he and his wife were here for a month.
“It is one of the friendliest islands in the world and that’s why I accepted the invitation to come out,” he stated. “I’ve made some great friends. I’ll do the international fashion show and help get them some international publicity for that and then I’ve got the talk on Monday.”
Mr Hogan has received several awards for his photos including the Nikon Press Photographer Award for Arts and Entertainment Photographer of the Year in 1998; the British Picture Editors Award for Arts and Entertainment in 1999 and the highly commended Royal Photographer of the Year, in 2001.
Tickets for Monday’s event at Bermuda Society of Arts are $20 for BSoA members and $25 for non-members. Some copies of the book will be given away.
Two local photographers will get the opportunity to work alongside noted lensman Dave Hogan at an international fashion show on Friday.
The London-based photographer has been hired for the event and is looking for two Bermudian photographers to help him shoot Some Like it Hot, An International Fashion Excursion, at Fairmont Southampton.
Images from the show will be displayed on the website of Getty Images.
The show will feature designers and models from Europe, the United States, Bahamas and Bermuda. BTE TV, a New York fashion and beauty show programme, will fly in a crew to film the event. The night will also be covered by New York fashion magazine Fashion Avenue News.
“This is the first time that foreign media have come to the Island to film and cover any locally produced event, which tells you how they feel about the event,” said producer Mario Dismont. “They explained that in New York, London, Paris and Milan you never see five international designers at one show and they feel this is ground-breaking.”
Designers Sidnie Pee from Manchester, England, Thomas Lavone from New York and Theo Sealy from the Bahamas will be highlighted along with Bermuda’s Shay Ford and Regina Simmons.
There are four international and 24 local models who have been put through their paces by former top model Sheila Ming-Burgess.
“We are expecting a sell-out at the show because of the excitement that has been generated on the Island,” said Mr Dismont.
“Phyllis Garraway from the Bahamas will be commentating the show. She has commentated on many shows in the Bahamas and the United States and has also appeared in fashion shows here in Bermuda in the past.”
Photographers interested in shooting the show should contact Mr Dismont by e-mail, spectrum48[AT]live.com. A shoot-out will take place tomorrow at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess where the two photographers who work with Mr Hogan will be chosen.
Friday’s event will be held in the Poinciana Ballroom at the Fairmont Southampton at 8.30pm. Tickets are available at 27th Century Boutique and Marion’s Fashions.