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Friday, 27 July 2012

Photographer Rich Hendry's 'Legends' exhibition superhero inspired

One of the photos from Rich Hendry's 'Legends' exhibition
The latest London exhibition by top photographer Rich Hendry takes its inspiration from superheroes and Greek gods.

Titled 'Legends' the exhibtion opens at The Great Eastern Bear gallery next month, the photographs included the result of an intense three week shoot by Rich Hendry and Art Director and Stylist John Proctor, working with a large selection of make-up artists, hairstylist and assistants.

"The inspiration for this collection of portraits comes from comic books," explains Hendry. "Comic books and superheroes in popular culture, heroes (from Greek Mythology, the Roman gods, worldwide folklore), through to kings and queens, fighters, superheroes, underdogs...The 'character' in each shot is unbranded as such, leaving the viewer to draw their own fantasy from each shot. The models used are a mixture of real people and professional models, chosen either for their look or just as importantly their stories."

Proctor - whose previous clients have included Marie Claire, Wolsey and Barbour - proved an invaluable partner for the shoot.

"When I first approached John to style the project having seen some of his handmade headpieces on shoots it was apparent that he was more than just a stylist and he quickly assumed the role of Art Director as the ideas I was trying to express developed."

The retouching for the exhibition was done by high end creative production studio Taylor James; renowned for photographic realism and attention to detail.

Hendry says 'I was honoured to work with Taylor James as amongst photographers they are considered to be the best in the industry - I love the treatment they gave my work.'

Each image in the exhibition, which opens with a Private View on 2nd August, is available in a strictly limited edition of five.

Scottish born Rich Hendry has exhibited several times in London - including at Spitalfields pop up Sky Lounge Bar and as part of Mutate Britain's 'One Foot in the Grove'. "Their power (or his portraits) lies in their simplicity" enthused Sideview Magazine, while Vivo argues his work creates "Something beautiful from the unexpected".

• Rich Hendry's website is www.richhendry.com or follow him on Twitter @richhendryphoto

• The Great Eastern Bear is at 8a Great Eastern St, Shoreditch EC2A 3NT and online at www.greateasternbear.com or twitter @bearsic. Nearest tube is Shoreditch High St.

• More information about John Proctor can be found at www.johnproctorstylist.com


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