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PHOTOGRAPHY

Winter 2019/20


www.michaelwharleyphoto.com e: michael@michaelwharleyphoto.com tel: 07961068759 twitter & insta: @michaelwharley


THIS PAGE : Portrait by Michael Shelford. COVER IMAGES : front, Tony Award winning musical Preludes , rear, Echoes , both by Michael Wharley.

About Michael Wharley FBIPP Hello, this is me: I shoot advertising, portrait & editorial imagery for entertainment industry clients & beyond, in my central London studio & worldwide. For unparalleled detail and quality, I now use the world-leading Phase One IQ4 150MP medium format system. I’m a Fellow of BIPP, an AOP member & the BIPP Photographer of the Year 2018. Oh, and I love coffee, open water swimming and Liverpool Football Club.


‘A beautiful autumn on location shooting stills & a poster brief from The Posterhouse for Embankment & Lionsgate scarcely felt like work’

PROJECT : SUMMERLAND (2020) CLIENT : Embankment / Lionsgate DETAILS : Stills and on-set specials of all cast including Gemma Arterton for key art on national billboard, London underground & online campaign, and for international campaigns.


‘Sourcing Alice Lowe’s 9 month pregnancy bump & an outsize carving knife was less-than-usual shoot prep...’


PROJECT : PREVENGE (2017) CLIENT : Kaleidoscope Film Distribution / AllCity Media DETAILS : Studio-shot imagery of actor/ writer/director Alice Lowe for key art on national billboard, London underground & online campaign.


ABOVE : Group shot for Victim


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THE WEIR Caravaggio-inspired brief from English Touring Theatre for UK-wide ad campaign (above, left) followed by on-set shoot with actual cast for tour extension (right). These images won Gold & Photographer of the Year at BIPP National Awards 2018.


‘Shooting on set with flash lighting, to capture the nuance of live performance, with the control & detail of a studio.’


T h e Wo l f of Wa l l St re e t An actual hedonistic party in the studio... 16 models & fauxstriplighting for the authentic office feel unified the elements of this composite image. We even shot the money (just not the chimp or parrot!). For a new experiential London stage version of the Scorcese classic.


‘An actual hedonistic party in the studio... 12 models & fauxstriplighting for the authentic office feel unified the elements of this composite image. We even shot the money (just not the chimp or parrot!).’

PROJECT : The Wolf of Wall Street (2019) CLIENT : I A Marketing DETAILS : Studio-shot key art imagery for announcement of new experiential production of the Scorcese classic.


T h e L a s t Te m p t a t i o n o f B o r i s J o h n s o n Location-based portraiture to create poster image trading off the iconography of religious painting and the BOJO myth, together with press portaits used in the Metro, The Evening Standard and the show programme.


The Dresser We created a dressing room in the studio, enhanced in post, to create this image of Matthew Kelly and Julian Clary for Bath Theatre Royal’s tour of the Harwood classic.


PROJECT : Touching the Void (2019) CLIENT : Fiery Angel & Bristol Old Vic DETAILS : Shot on an ice wall with key cast (see BTS shot , above) for press & ad campaign for the Tom Morris (Warhorse)-directed West End stage adapation of Joe Simpson’s true-life climbing thriller.


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Amelie and & Juliet Poster imagery for the smash-hit musical adaptation of the quirky French film (above) and gel-lit key art imagery for the & Juliet national billboard campaign, promoting this new feminist West End musical take on Romeo & Juliet, featuring the songs of Swedish pop maestro, Max Martin.


PROJECT : Mindful Mum: How Not to Lose Your Total F*cking Sh*t CLIENT : Decca Records DETAILS : Location-shot album art, also for billboard, London underground & Bus & online marketing campaign for comedian Olivia Lee’s mindfulness parody.


Our Lady of Kibeho Creating an eerie sense of religious possesion through a multi-light, gelled set up and the actors’ nuanced performances, for Theatre Royal, Stratford East’s transfer of Katori Hall’s play about the Virgin Mary appearing to Rwandan school girls, dealing with faith, justice and the coming genocide.


Ages of the Moon Poster and press imagery for UK revival of Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, starring Joseph Marcell (Fresh

Prince of Bel Air) and Christopher Fairbank (Auf Weidersehen, Pet), at the Waterloo Vaults.


Spring Awakening Portraits for a casting announcement on the much-anticipated UK revival of Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening, featuring a young cast and many debutants.


Mushy: Lyrically Speaking - Rifco Poster & promotional imagery shot for British Asian theatre company Rifco’s stage version of the Educating Yorkshire star Mushy’s story, with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar.


Napoli, Brooklyn Colourful, pastel, period-inflected group shots for Original Theatre Company’s European premier of Meghan Kennedy’s absorbing Miller-esque drama.


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Sofa Times... Poster imagery featuring the cast of Adrian Mole: The Musical for its West End run and for the modern comedy Never Trust a Man Bun.


O t h e r T h e a t re Wo r k A selection of recent poster and advertising imagery shot for theatre companies and PR agencies. (this page) The Croft for OTC,

Band of Gold for Kay Mellor & EMG. (Facing page, clockwise) Papatango new-writing winner Shook, She Ventures & He Wins for The Young Vic, Fishbowl for Stories in Theatre (shortlisted for Best Poster EdFringe 2019) , Gugu Mbatha Raw in Nell Gwynn, for The Globe, Monogamy for Original Theatre & Tom Burke in Don Carlos.


P e r s o n a l Wo r k : C a r Sto r i e s Narrative images shot on location, mixing flash and ambient light to tell uncanny tales of everyday magic, suspense and eerie intrigue.


P e r s o n a l Wo r k : T h e M i d n i g h t H o u r Creating set-based studio imagery, filled with intensity and regret. Part of a series of personal shoots focused on vulnerability. Above: Sam Swainsbury (Mum & Fishermen’s Friends),


P e r s o n a l Wo r k : Fre e F l o w ‘ Fro ; A N a tu ra l H a i r P ro j e c t Ongoing series celebrating afro-textured hair in all its nuance and variety: impactful, aspirational images, using gelled lighting states designed to make darker skin tones look beautiful, while showing the texture and detail of afro-textured hair. Shot in a day with nearly 50 volunteer sitters from all walks of life.


Editorial & Portrait A selection of work showcasing the range of my editorial & portrait work for a range of people, places & purposes.


THIS PAGE : singer Mark Kingswood for UK tour supporting Jools Holland


THIS PAGE : Olivier Award winner 2019, Monica Dolan, Modern Joy

Finding the joy & personality with each sitter, in 5 minutes, an hour, or a day.


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THIS PAGE : actor Danielle VItalis.


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THIS PAGE :Writer & journalist Rhik Samadder


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THIS PAGE : Singer Danny Azhar


THIS PAGE : Singer Kelly Mathieson


THIS PAGE : Tori & Matt Butler-Hart of Fizz n’ Ginger Films for the release of ‘The Isle,’ distributed in UK by Lionsgate.


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