Soldati della Repubblica Exhibition/Esposizione/ Palazzo Cusani/ Milan/Milano

Thank you to everyone who attended my first Italian Exhibition 11th – 14th December 2018 at Palazzo Cusani in Milan. The exhibition featuring portraits from my Soldati della Repubblica project. In which I spent the summer of 2018, travelling across Italy, capturing portraits of the wonderfully historic and diverse Italian Army.

 

Over the 3 day period, I was delighted to speak about my work, and reconnect with several of the sitters. I’m looking forward to expanding the project in 2019, and putting on a larger show in Rome for the general public. You can view a video of the highlights from the exhibition below.

David Cameron Prime Minister Portrait Sitting

One of the most challenging sittings of my career, I was recently commissioned to capture a portrait of former Prime Minister David Cameron. Serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. Brexit has been a challenging time in British Politics, resulting in David Cameron’s resignation. There is a great deal of tension in the UK about Brexit and very mixed feelings about David Cameron as a modern figure in history. I’m no stranger to photographing political figures and former world leaders, having been commissioned last year to photographer former Prime Minister Sir John Major.

I began by looking at other portrait photographers representations of Mr Cameron. I found myself wanting, not many stood out to me as a portraitist. Was this due to him being a difficult sitter?

 

My idea was to capture Mr Cameron as a meditative Statesmen. Brexit has left the UK in very uncertain times, and I wanted to seek inspiration from a portraitist who had recorded political figures during a period of uncertainty. Researching all the greats, I found Sir James Guthrie. Guthrie was a Scottish painter, best known in his own lifetime for his portraiture, although today more generally regarded as a painter of Scottish Realism. Sir James received a commission to paint portraits of all those statesmen who had served in office during the First World War.

(Left) Henry Herbert Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, (Right) William Ferguson Massey. (National Portrait Gallery Scotland) Sir James Guthrie Artist.

Of all his depictions two sketch studies really stood out, the first that of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith 1852 – 1928, a British statesman and Liberal Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. The second of William Ferguson Massey, 1856 – 1925. Prime Minister of New Zealand. The First World War indeed a very trying period in British History. Guthrie, sketched Asquith and Massey in a very complex and meditative state, almost reflecting on the past and career’s as heads of state.

With this inspiration in mind, I explained my ideas to Mr Cameron and he was pleased with the mood board and style of portraiture I wanted to evoke. The session took place in June of this year and from a short sitting of around 30 minutes,  I directed David to assume a series contemplative and thoughtful expressions. David was indeed an easy sitter, inquisitive and delightful to work with.

David Cameron Portrait Sitting (London Portrait Photographer) © Rory Lewis 2018.

These portraits are true to history, as a historian and National Portrait Gallery acquired photographer. Capturing depictions which can be used as historical source material is very important. Like Sir James Guthrie, I’m a realist wanted to create a precise and accurate representation keeping every mark every line and capturing my sitter as a neutral object in history.


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Portrait of Britain 2018

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of British Army Soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny. Deborah serving 30 years in the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as a Bomb disposal expert; made Army history as the first transgender Soldier to serve in the front line.

 

Captured for Soldiery (British Army Portraits), has been selected to appear in a Nationwide Exhibition. Shortlisted from 13,000 entires, 100 Portraits of the exhibition will go live on Saturday 1st September 2018. Portrait of Britain is being billed as the UK’s biggest exhibition of portraiture. Being exhibited across JCDecaux’s nationwide screens, appearing in public places throughout the UK. The portrait also features in the Portrait of Britain book, available from Amazon. This constitutes Rory’s 2nd win of the Portrait of Britain over two years.

 

British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Rory Lewis Deborah Penny

Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis, Military British Army

Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of the British Journal of Photography, said: “The portraits celebrate the unique heritage and diversity of modern Britain, as much as its thriving photography culture and the myriad styles and approaches they employ in their work. Yet, as much as our tribal allegiances are on show in many of the photographs, each image reminds us that, above all, we are a nation of individuals.”

 

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Liverpool Echo Rory Lewis 31st August 2018

Portrait of Britain Liverpool Echo Rory Lewis 31st August 2018

 

Portraitist Open Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended the open evening of Portraitist, at the Wex Photographic Gallery in London. It was a pleasure to share my latest portraiture, with over 100 VIP guests. Including several of the sitters, Steven BerkoffCiarán Hinds, Wolf Kahler and David Bamber. The work drawing immense inspiration not from previous photographers, but from the Masters of Art including Hans Holbein the Younger, Titian, Caravaggio and Jusepe de Ribera. The result is an exciting and fascinating new collection.

Portraitist Exhibition

1st August 2018 – 25th September 2018

WEX Photographic Gallery, 37-39 Commercial Road
London, E1 1LF

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Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE Portrait Sitting

Delighted to work with Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE, who commissioned a military portrait sitting at his Headquarters in Aldershot. A tall and imposing man, Lieutenant General Bashall was a hero of the Iraq War. He commanded the 1st Mechanised Brigade in Basra, in 2007.

 

Bashall’s military career had also seen him commanding the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment (‘2 Para’) in Afghanistan.  The General is one of the British Army’s most experienced combat commanders, justifiably proud of his service with the Parachute Regiment. I directed Bashall to pose side-on, elegantly displaying his paratrooper wings. I also opted for a low angle, to emphasise both pride and duty.

 

Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Military Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Military Officers for all three branches of the Military Army, RAF & Royal Navy. Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service. Rory Lewis Photographer offers a comprehensive service to Members of the Armed Forces, RAF, Royal Navy and Army who are looking to capture a professional portrait. Read More…..

Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE Commander Home Command (Military Portraits, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis)

Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE Commander Home Command (Military Portraits, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis)

Major General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO Military Portrait Sitting London

From a recent portrait commission with Royal Regiment of Scotland Colonel. Major General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO. Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Military Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Military Officers for all three branches of the Military Army, RAF & Royal Navy. Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service. Rory Lewis Photographer offers a comprehensive service to Members of the Armed Forces, RAF, Royal Navy and Army who are looking to capture a professional portrait. Read More…..

Major General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Major-General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO

Military Portrait Commission

Captain O’Connor of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards recently booked a military portrait sitting at the London Studio. Ever since my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition I have enjoyed receiving commissions; from British Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy personnel. I offer a comprehensive photoshoot to Members of the Armed Forces. Available at studios in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

London British Army Portrait Photographer

Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Military Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Military Officers for all three branches of the Military Army, RAF & Royal Navy. Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service.


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Actor Wolf Kahler Portrait Sitting

Wolf Kahler has an instantly recognisable face. You would have seen Wolf appear in movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Barry Lyndon and Remains of the Day, and TV series such as Band of Brothers to name but a few. Wolf, inspired by my recent Portrait Sitting with friend and Actor Steven Berkoff accepted my invitation to sit for a portrait at the London Studio.

 

Wolf has an amazing profile to photograph, I can see why he is always cast in villainous roles, with a Germanic, Prussian-like bone structure. I directed Kahler to assume fierce yet vivid Expressions to directly to the lens. Wolf’s piercing expressions are breathtaking. Portraits must have energy, the still image should hold the viewer. I encourage my sitter’s to express themselves using inventive scenarios and direction. This enables the sitter to show emotion; connecting with the viewer. The sitting was a memorable one, Wolf regaled me with several tales from his casting with Stanley Kubrick for Barry Lyndon to his experience working with Harrison Ford in India Jones.

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Toby Jones Actor Portraits

 

Actor Toby Jones, London Portrait Photographer Rory LewisToby Jones is one of the UK’s most prolific actors, After appearing in supporting roles in films between 1992 and 2005, Jones made his breakthrough as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. Since then, his films have included The MistW.Frost/NixonCaptain America: The First Avenger, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy  and Dad’s Army. I invited Toby to sit for a portrait at the London Studio and to my wonderment he graciously accepted. He arrived at the studio looking very bohemian and scruffy. Jones only, 5ft 5in with his quirky tufty bed head hair and a few day’s stubble. His distinctive looks have helped him play a range of flawed heroes.

 

Before we met, I spend days watching his work, Patterns emerge when you binge-watch Toby Jones. One is his formidable ability to define a character before he even opens his mouth. In Infamous, a blink-and-you-miss-it gesture tells us his Capote is going to be a terrible gossip (he scans the room slowly, mouth closed but tongue sticking into one cheek); in Berberian Sound Studio, his walk suggests a man both pedantic and socially crippled; in The Girl, the grind of little jagged teeth hints at Hitchcock’s sadism.

 

Jones is one of my favourite actors, seeing his bohemian image I wanted to create a series portraits with a uniquely patent and unadorned view of Toby. Unprepossessing the viewer with Toby’s distinctive and individual character. Jones was a joy to work with, and seeing his immense talent first hand through the lens is a joy to behold.

 

Actor Toby Jones, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Actor Toby Jones, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Actor Toby Jones, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Actor Toby Jones, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Major General Tim Robinson Portrait Sitting

London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Military PortraitRetiring from the Army senior military leader Major General Tim Robinson CBE, commissioned a portrait at Army Head quarters in Andover. With a military career spanning two decades, seeing active service and leading troops in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Faced with such a distinguished military sitter I directed the General to assume solemn and reflective poses; as to mirror his achievements and responsibilities. The General really enjoyed the experience and was fascinated by my lighting and directional methods.

 

Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service. I offer a compressive service to Members of the Armed Forces, RAFRoyal Navy and Army who are looking to capture a professional portrait. Available at studios in Central London and in Central Liverpool; or on Location.

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