harryborden.co.uk http://harryborden.co.uk Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:31:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 41748762 Kanye West 11/11/2008 for the Observer Music http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/06/kanye-west-11112008-for-the-observer-music-monthly/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/06/kanye-west-11112008-for-the-observer-music-monthly/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:29:27 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2257 The Landmark Hotel, London.
We were promised an hour and 2 changes of clothes.
After the usual tense wait, Kanye arrives.
Demure but steely, he insists he will be holding a Louis Vuitton bag in all the pictures and won’t be taking off his sunglasses or his scarf.  I will have 15 minutes maximum.
We take a few images against a paper backdrop and it occurs to me that he looks as though he’s on his way to, or from, somewhere. In transition.
5 minutes to go and I bundle him into the goods lift of the hotel.
When he left, he put on his duffel coat.  A hip-hop Paddington bear.

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20 Years of the Spice Girls. Shoot 1 of 4. http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/05/20-years-of-the-spice-girls-shoot-1-of-4/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/05/20-years-of-the-spice-girls-shoot-1-of-4/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 17:43:42 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2253 27/6/1996.

A few friends convene at my flat in Bethnal Green to watch England get knocked out by Germany in the Semi-finals of Euro 96. (6-5 on penalties).
The joyous atmosphere evaporated as Gareth Southgate missed his penalty and talk turned to the coming week. The frivolous nature of my life was mocked when I announced that the following day I was going up in a hot air balloon with an unknown band called ‘The Spice Girls’
6am and Muff Fitzgerald (the press officer) and I head out of London to meet the girls. Our departure point, a field in Hertfordshire is enveloped in fog and the balloon pilot insists we must wait for it to clear.
Anxious to get ‘something in the bag’, I suggest a couple of frames in the mist.
Not yet the well oiled machine they would become, this, there first press shoot was an awkward affair until, unbeknown to me, Muff decided to drop his trousers and moon at them from behind my camera.
After an hour at a service station drinking coffee we finally achieve lift off.  I’d hired a fish-eye lens and had to sit on the edge of our little wicker basket to get everyone in the picture.
A memorable shoot ended with us crashing in a ploughed field.
A tangle of Spice.
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Martin Parr for The Independent on Sunday Review http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/02/martin-parr-for-the-independent-on-sunday-review/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/02/martin-parr-for-the-independent-on-sunday-review/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:51:50 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2228 Back when I was starting, when photography felt inspiring and true, I first encountered Martin Parr.
We went along to Plymouth Arts Centre to see his seminal ‘The Last Resort’, and I was blown away.
I bought a poster and it was a constant on the wall of my student bedsit.

Lovely then, if a little nerve wracking to photograph the maestro 2 weeks ago for the Independent on Sunday.

Genial if slightly brusque, I managed to stretch our time to an hour by suggesting we do a few pictures with his wife, Susie.

Without a support structure, artists very rarely achieve longevity so it’s always good to celebrate ‘the power behind throne’.

No man is an island.

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Tom Daley http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/01/tom-daley/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2016/01/tom-daley/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:03:24 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2207 Father’s day June 15, 2008.

I drive to a housing estate on the out-skirts of Plymouth to photograph a 13 year old diver.
His Father organises everything with meticulous care; my diary reveals a Sunday and we can only shoot between 1.45 to 2.15pm.

I remember a bright clear sunny day, a trampoline dwarfing the tiny back garden and the small boy with dark intense eyes.  After I made a portrait of him, I include his Mum and then the whole family.

Comfortable on their sofa, tactile and intimate, they seemed to represent modern Britain.  Free from constraints, hopeful and optimistic.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve marvelled at the man Tom became.

After becoming the youngest British World Champion in any sport, he’s been an advocate against bullying, become a television personality, completed is education and had to deal with the loss of his father who died of cancer in 2011.

Tom DaleyTom Daley

At the beginning of October last year, Tom and his fiancé Lance announced that they were engaged to be married.  Happily I was asked to do their first shoot as a couple for Out magazine.

It was genuinely lovely to see him again and poignant to give him the family pictures from our first shoot.

Tom Daley and his fiancé Dustin Lance BlackTom Daley and his fiancé Dustin Lance BlackTom Daley

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Tom Jones for Penguin http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/tom-jones-for-penguin/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/tom-jones-for-penguin/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:51:56 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2201 1st of April 2015

I had a full day with the maestro at MC Motors, a warehouse-type location in Dalston.
Professionalism personified.  He had the comfortable air of a man who is master of his domain.

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NHS Workers for the Guardian WE http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/nhs-workers-for-the-guardian-we/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/nhs-workers-for-the-guardian-we/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:07:46 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2195 Coming over here, saving our lives.

As the son of an immigrant, I enjoyed making this portfolio of 8 portraits that reflect the diverse range of people who work for the NHS.
In public discourse there needs to be more emphasise on the positive effects of immigration.
The simplistic notion peddled by some, that all our current problems can be laid at the door of immigrants is not just wrong but dangerous.
The Nation state is a construct.  We have never been more inter-connected and need to reflect on our status as a species rather than as bunch of disparate gangs.

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Steve Coogan for the Guardian Weekend http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/steve-coogan-for-the-guardian-weekend/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/10/steve-coogan-for-the-guardian-weekend/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:39:32 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2159 I really like Steve Coogan.  I’ve enjoyed everything he’s done.  Partridge obviously, but also Saxondale and I loved the heart-breaking poignancy of the Trip.
I normally like to improvise but he wanted to know the concept, so the pictures were planned a week before and we attempted to reference Irving Penn’s corner portraits of cultural icons.  At the studio early, showing him pictures from my phone portfolio, I noticed my hand was shaking.  I needn’t have worried.  Although twitchy and clearly not a fool sufferer, he was generous with his time and has a mastery of his physicality that made him an absorbing subject.

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David Bailey for the Sunday Times magazine 15th August 2011 http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/09/david-bailey-for-the-sunday-times-magazine-15th-august-2011/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/09/david-bailey-for-the-sunday-times-magazine-15th-august-2011/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:04:46 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2110 David BaileyDavid Bailey for the Sunday Times magazine 15th August 2011
He’d given an interview to Lynn Barber and it was agreed his Devon farmhouse near Dartmoor would make a good location.
Initially I didn’t take any photographs because he was brusque and defensive.
Over a coffee with his wife in the kitchen, we chatted about other photographers he liked, (mostly the dead ones) and disliked, (pretty much everyone working today).
I had assisted John Swanell who in turn had assisted Bailey and after a while I think he began to warm to me.
After shooting in various spots around his garden we decided to try the studio where he paints.
It was quite cluttered so I placed an unpainted canvass behind him to make a frame within a frame. I then put Catherine (his wife) behind the canvass and told him to hold Pig his Jack Russell Terrier. I asked him to hold the dog very lightly so it looked natural. I commented on how good the dog looked and he replied, “That’s because I’ve got my finger up her c**t!”.  Almost certainly the most obscene thing any of my subjects has ever said.

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John Humphrys for the Sunday Times http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/09/john-humphrys-for-the-sunday-times/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/09/john-humphrys-for-the-sunday-times/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:29:53 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2098 John Humphrys is angry.
As my assistant and I bump our heavy lights down the path of his West London home he berates us for being early.
Red faced, he aserts that “I absolutely said not to turn up before two o’clock” and that he had “told the desk if they come early I’d tell them to eff off”.  After a few awkward seconds, he mumbles “oh well you might as well come in” and reluctantly opens the door.
As I creep around his house in silence looking for locations, I can hear the clink clink of his cutlery as he sits at his kitchen table eating his modest lunch of salad and new potatoes whilst watching the news on his IPad.
By the time we took these pictures, he had morphed into the Humphrys I’d hoped to meet.  A free thinking man of integrity.  Courteous even kind.
When you are hungry, you become angry.  As my son says to me, “Eat something you’re becoming hangry!”
Empathy is not an obvious trait of a photographer but It’s always worth reflecting on the state of mind of your subject.
Lunch can often turn Edward Hyde back into Dr. Henry Jekyll.

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Kylie Minogue for the Observer http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/08/2090/ http://harryborden.co.uk/2015/08/2090/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:17:07 +0000 http://harryborden.co.uk/?p=2090 Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue 3rd of January 1998

In the shadowy lounge of a London club, curled-up dozing like a kitten on a big leather chair, Kylie waits patiently to be photographed for the Observer whilst her management explain why I must sign a contract selling them the copyright of the shoot for £1.

Assuring me they just want to be able to prevent bad images being used,
I reluctantly put pen to paper.
I know I should stand strong but I don’t want to cause trouble
and I’m confident they will like the pictures.

Quiet, demure, like a ballerina going through her steps Kylie performs for me and gives me what she thinks I want.

The pictures look good.  The magazine are happy.

When some time later the Australian National Portrait Gallery ask if they can have a print of Kylie for their archive, I remember the contract.

When her people refuse to let me supply a print, I’m shocked but sanguine.  An important lesson learned.  Maybe they didn’t like the pictures?

4 years pass and suddenly I get an email from Kylie’s people.

They want to use my images in her forthcoming book Kylie La La La.
Of course I have no say in the matter as they own the photographs, but as a matter of curtesy, they are letting me know….

I’ve no idea what this enigma is really like.

I’ve no idea how involved she is in her business dealings.
Over the last 20 years she’s been a polymorphous presence.

Cleverly using talented and creative people to keep the Kylie brand alive and relevant.

Sad then that she tacitly sanctions the theft from those of us lower down in the creative food chain.

You can buy a used copy of the book on Amazon for 1p.

I notice Kylie Minogue split from her Management Company in 2013.

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