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Photographing the Famous – Oct 14, 2018

One Button Press, One Camera Shutter Click, and You Get This:

by Jemma Dodd | Olympus Magazine | Issue 59

Photo by: Debbi Clark

Debbi Clark has had work featured in Vogue, Homme, and Tatler, photographed the likes of Kate Moss and Damian Lewis and set up her own charity. We speak to the woman who’s capable of it all…

When did you become interested in photography?
It was when I was studying fashion and design at St. Martin’s College when I fell in love with photography. I used to photograph landscapes, capturing patterns in trees, flowers, grass picturing shapes, shadows and formations in clouds. I became so obsessed with how fascinating it was playing with light that I wanted to learn the technical side to really bring my images to life. I then went on to LCP and studied photography and printing. My first camera was the Olympus PEN-F 35mm film camera, which I still love and use.

You’ve photographed the likes of Kate Moss, Paul Weller and Damian Lewis. How did your journey into photographing such big names begin?
As a photographer, I love taking portraits. I have been extremely fortunate to have photographed some of the most iconic people in the world, including Kate Moss, Paul Weller, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory, which began when I founded Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation, a charity that I am CEO of. The charity supports young people by inspiring them in the arts, giving them lifelong skills that they can develop their artistic passions through. I work with many models, actors and singers on commissions, and because I work with them as a professional photographer, I was able to approach many of my artists to ask if they would let me take their portrait and exhibit each year to fundraise for Sir HVH Arts Foundation, supporting my passion in the arts and passing it on to young people to encourage and nurture through the arts.

Of all the people you’ve photographed, what was your most memorable shoot?
I have many memories and stories as each time I take a portrait there is always something that happens to make that portrait so special. I do remember the time when Helen McCrory phoned me and said, “Damian is shaving off the tash, beard and sideburns today.” Being such a passionate advocate and patron of Sir HVH Arts Foundation, Helen McCrory managed to weave her magic, and off I went to take a portrait of Damian Lewis dressed in a blue denim shirt, with his amazing mop of flame colored hair, tash and sideburns. I remember thinking at the time that the ‘Brut 33’ 70’s style clashed with the blue denim, ginger hair and green glass as I stood above Damian shooting directly down from above – what a color contrast. We shot this image within a 30-minute window – as I rushed out to meet Damian at Swiss Cottage on the grass banks of the sports centre, the skies were clouding over and the rain was imminent. I had my Olympus PEN-F and 45mm lens attached and my LEDGO travel light held high above to fill in as daylight for the lack of light as the clouds were darkening up ready to let go. We managed to shoot two fantastic final images and Damian, Helen and I chose this featured photo as the firm favorite.

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GFI/BGC Charity Day 2018 – Sept 11, 2018

On the Trading Floor for CureEB and Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 11, 2018

Damian makes trading look easy as he participates in the 14th annual GFI/BGC Charity Day 2018 on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in London for CureEB and the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation. He stated,

“Axe is gonna bring some insider info to the floor to really crank those trades.”

First up was GFI Charity Day where Damian hit the trading floor for CureEB. CureEB is passionate about medical research and clinical trials that will help lead to treatments and a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a severe genetic skin condition that leads to blistering and skin loss at the slightest friction. Children with the condition are often referred to as ‘Butterfly Children’ as their skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. To learn more about the CureEB Butterfly Run on September 30, click here.

Next up was BGC Charity Day where both Damian and Helen wowed the brokers for Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation, a foundation dedicated to ensuring that every child is given a chance to connect with and express their inner artist in a time when funding for the arts are squeezed out of the mainstream curriculum.

Here are a couple of videos of today’s event:

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Damian and Helen will Join This Year’s GFI Charity Day – Sep 1, 2018

On the Trading Floor Again for a Good Cause

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 1, 2018

Damian will be joining the trading floor for this year’s GFI Charity Day 2018 in support of and to raise funds for Cure EB. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a genetic skin blistering condition that affects over 500,000 people around the world. It has a devastating impact on sufferers and their families. It is unrelenting in its pain and the distress it causes. Because EB is considered a rare condition, it does not attract government funding. Cure EB.org has a chance to make a difference to an incredibly painful, disfiguring and ultimately fatal condition.

Charity Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday, September 11 at GFI’s offices in New York City.

But that’s not all. Guess who will also be there?

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Damian and Helen at British Summer Time Festival – July 6, 2018

Summer Concerts For a Good Cause

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 6, 2018

Damian and Helen, Liv Tyler, Kate Moss, Rosemary Ferguson, among others, attended British Summer Time Festival on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Hyde Park in London as part of the ‘Into the White’ campaign launch, Darren Strowger’s ambitious new tech platform raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through the auction of contemporary art, curated by Jake Chapman.

Teenage Cancer Trust is an organization of staff and volunteers that provides outreach services to young people with cancer. Partnering with NHS, they are the only UK charity providing specialist nursing care and support for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

The festival kicked off on July 6 with headliner Roger Waters and closes on July 15. Upcoming headliner acts include the legendary Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble, The Cure and Eric Clapton, with multiple support acts such as Squeeze, Interpol, Santana, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, Bananarama, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and many more.

For more information regarding the festival’s full lineup with stages and times, visit BST-Hydepark.com. To view more images of Damian and Helen at the festival, please visit our Gallery.

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Damian and Helen Attend The Prince’s Trust Reception Event – June 28, 2018

A Big Royal Thank You

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 28, 2018

Source: Twitter @PrincesTrust

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Damian and Helen, among other celebrity ambassadors, attended the Prince’s Trust reception event last night at St. James’s Palace, London in support of the Youth Can Do It campaign. Hosted by HRH Prince Charles, it was a chance for the Prince’s Trust to thank all the Ambassadors who have supported them throughout the years. What an incredible bunch!

Source: Twitter @EmmaGannon

No matter what their background, young people can achieve incredible things. Despite lives stifled by unemployment, homelessness, being in care or being in trouble with the law, young people can succeed with help. Without the right support, those from the most challenging backgrounds might never achieve their potential. The Prince’s Trust community gives vulnerable young people the chance to build a life for themselves and funds help to train, mentor and support them to build their skills and confidence.

For more information about the Prince’s Trust, please visit their website.