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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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Vacationing in Italy – Aug 8, 2018

La Bella Vita– The Good Life

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 8, 2018

Source: Instagram @dorino_gite_in_barca

Yesterday fans reported seeing Damian and Helen at PBeach Restaurant in Carovigno, a town and comune in the province of Brindisi and region of Apulia, southern Italy. Among the guests like common folk, Damian and Helen partook in good food and drink as they enjoyed the ambiance of cocktail lounge music by Black and Gold. Today images surfaced of the couple and family on a boat trip to visit the sea caves of Polignano a Mare, a town on Italy’s southern Adriatic coast known for beaches like the white-pebble Lama Monachile and also known for the Ponte dei Lapilli cove that is nestled at the bottom of a cliff. And the vacation continued with a little bit of shopping in Lecce, Puglia.

To view more images, please visit our Gallery. To see a short clip of the boat trip, view video here.

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Damian Spotted at Port Eliot Festival – July 27, 2018

The Adventurous Port Elioter!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 27, 2018

Source: Instagram @tonicofthesea

The Port Eliot Festival is an annual celebration of all things literary. And who should be in attendance? That’s right, Damian was spotted at the festival, which runs from July 26-29, 2018 in St. Germans, Cornwall.

According to their website, the festival is unlike any other, where the guests are welcomed for one magical weekend exploring the 6,000 acre Estate as their very own playground.

Whether you’re swimming in the estuary, picnicking under a 300 year old tree, rocking out at the Park Stage, canoeing on the river Tiddy, catching an intimate gig in the church, watching a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen (with Teri Hatcher), attending art workshops or dancing until the wee hours in the Boogie Round, people celebrate words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun, and all that is good in the world!

If you don’t fancy pitching your own tent, there are boutique camping options – from yurts to airstreams to full-size tipis. And when the sun goes down, the wonderful Dartmoor skies will take you on a stellar journey through the galaxy of their nightly stargazing sessions.

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