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August 14, 2007 Director, Bobby Sheehan launches photographic website

Working Pictures has just launched a new website devoted to the photographic work of director/cameraman Bobby Sheehan.

www.bobbysheehanphoto.com is a comprehensive site of Sheehan’s fine art photography much of which has been shown in galleries in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The site demos Sheehan’s eclectic sensibilities with bodies of work that covers; portraiture, verite, abstract, landscape and still life. In addition, there is fashion and rock and roll photography from Sheehan’s early years in New York’s punk rock scene.
The on-line gallery is a way of sharing Sheehan’s images with a wider audience than available in a traditional gallery setting. Many of the pieces are part of private photographic collections, and corporate collections such as The Dreyfus Foundation.

August 10, 2007 Beauty Photographer James Houston Secures Commercial Representation through PGM Artists

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning beauty photographer James Houston has arranged representation as a commercial director through New York-based PGM Artists.

Houston is recognized as one of the leading beauty/body photographers working in America and Europe for clients including Chanel, Clinique, Donna Karan, Gap, Givenchy Paris, HUGO BOSS, Neutrogena and Victoria’s Secret. Beginning in 2004, he expanded his repertoire by venturing into commercial directing for Estee Lauder and has since shot spots for the likes of Nautica and Hugo Boss.

Commercial directing has been a natural extension of Houston’s proven artistic talents. Clients have been able to benefit from the inherent economy of having him both shoot stills and direct spots within a single project. Typically, the poses and camera angles are refined during the still shoot, then reprised the following day and captured with a film crew working under Houston’s direction.

Houston’s recent commercial projects were shot through New York based Crooked River Productions, and produced by its Exec. Producer Brian Bennhoff. Houston was introduced to PGM’s Phil McIntyre earlier this year by Bennhoff, who has successfully partnered with PGM on previous business.

“It is an absolute honor and privilege to agent the work of James Houston,” says McIntyre. “James as a talent represents someone with a creative point-of-view distinctly his own. This makes him a desirable commercial director for any brand manager looking to punch through the clutter in a fashion and style emblematic of both taste and grace.”

A native of Sydney, Australia, and influenced by sculptors such as Henry Moore and Rodin, Houston started photographing the naked form in art school and soon developed the clean and graphic style that has become his signature.

In March 2000, Houston moved to New York City, where he continued to focus on beauty and bodywork. In 2002, branching out into the world of celebrity, Houston spent six months in Los Angeles, shooting for magazines including American Vogue, British Glamour, French Glamour, German Glamour and Interview. Celebrities who appreciate and request Houston’s eye for beauty include Cate Blanchett, Jessica Alba, Elle Macpherson, Kirsten Dunst, Sheryl Crow, Christy Turlington, Hugh Jackman, Guy Pearce, Matt Dillon, Paris Hilton and Mandy Moore.

In addition to his editorial work, Houston has leveraged his unique style of bodywork in several of his own publications and exhibitions. Focusing on portraits and the nude form in black and white, his books RAW and RAWMOVES, were released in 1995 and 1997 respectively. The latter book, exhibition, and photographic essay featured Australia’s three leading dance companies and toured Australia, England, and Asia.

In November 2005 Houston launched his third published book ONE Yogamoves, a study of the yoga body as a sculptural form. All proceeds from the ONE book and exhibition were donated to the Australian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Continuing to fund charitable causes through his talents, Houston launched the MOVE FOR AIDS project in October 2006. Sponsored internationally by HUGO BOSS, the project consists of a published book (MOVE published by PowerHouse books NYC), an exhibition and a documentary. Houston photographed over fifty of New York’s leading dancers for the project as a way of raising much needed funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Following the successful opening in New York hosted by Hugh Jackman, MOVE FOR AIDS then moved to London. Hosted by David Furnish & Elle Macpherson, the exhibit raised £40,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and was exhibited at the Getty Image Gallery London.

The Australian launch of MOVE FOR AIDS occurred in Sydney Australia in November 2006. Attended by Sir Elton John & Baz Luhrmann, the Sydney event raised almost $300,000 and was named charity event of the year.

Houston has already shot major stills campaigns this year for GAP Body, Hugo Boss, and Oil of Olay. Moving forward, he anticipates more hybrid opportunities to combine print and TV shoots. With agencies looking for smart ways to maximize their clients’ resources, the solution of tapping Houston to fulfill both the photographer and director roles seems both logical and enlightened.

August 8, 2007 Annual Summer Intern “SHAG-fest” Farewell Party

Both The Brand Gallery and PGM Artists send off our crop of summer interns back to Granville and Denver with tastes of great food and fun from one of our West Village hotspots, “SHAG.”