Every photographer has a unique story, a journey they followed in pursuing their craft. Movie Photos is a record of the work of Alex Bailey (via IMDB) as well as a worthwhile insight into the life of a movie stills photographer. Even if you’ve not heard of Alex, his images have probably inspired you to watch a film or two whether it be Atonement, Sunshine, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Sherlock Holmes or Brighton Rock. You’ll get plenty of opportunity to enjoy his work further as you make your own journey through his pages.
What’s really great about Movie Photos is the insight into the craft, the working relationships and the career of a working unit stills photographer (a term Alex himself dislikes the term in favour of the more to the point: Photographer). Alex is generous with his explanation of many of the aspects of the job that you don’t otherwise learn without experience. There’s a clear passion in his words, which any photographer with an interest in succeeding in this business needs to have.
Movie Photos discusses frankly the purpose of the role as well a talks about the different kinds of photography required of a photographer on a film set as well as running a “Specials Shoot” (dedicated publicity shoots).
Don’t expect a textbook, Movie Photos is more like a gentle conversation with a warm hearted, and seasoned professional. It’s not going to teach you any new techniques on the technical aspects of photography or composition but studying the many beautiful images Alex has made will be informative for anyone looking to better understand the range of images a movie stills photographer needs to be able to create to be successful.
Much of what Alex has written about the role of the movie stills photographer is directly applicable to working on smaller scale productions but also gives a good grounding for an advancing career.
Four years into my career as a photographer dedicated to working on set, I can honestly say I wish I’d discovered Movie Photos sooner. I’ve read it twice now, it is an easy and very enjoyable read.
Movie Photos www.moviephotos.info
Independently Published with a donation of proceeds going to HALO, a charity dedicated to remove the debris of war.
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Paperback, 223 pages