Friday, 2 March 2012

Here is an interview with me from Writer Pictures

Introducing the Photographer: Geraint Lewis

Zadie Smith portrait by Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis is one of our most prolific contributing photographers
and his work is requested internationally. Known for his arts and
theatre coverage what started as a small collection of images has
grown into a huge catalogue and he is now one of our largest selling
photographers. We caught up with Geraint to ask him about his

What attracted you to specialising in the arts in the first place?

I have always had a passion for cinema which attracted me to Theatre
which I still photograph today. It also gives me the chance to meet
and photograph a lot of interesting people which is  all I ever wanted
to do.

In this age of increasing general competition do you think it
important to specialise?

I never really wanted to pigeon hole myself. I like fresh challenges
but yes, it is important for clients looking for something to know
where to come. I do specialise to a degree with my portraits and
theatre photographs but I also do a lot of  corporate  photography .

Simon Callow photographed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

What keeps you coming back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival?

Meeting old friends and its fun  and as Edinburgh  is the biggest
arts festival on the planet why not ? I suppose it's in my blood.

How do you keep your pictures fresh faced with that same green/blue background?

You have to remember photography at The Edinburgh Book Festival has
evolved over the years. We started doing what we could amongst a load
of tents then moved on to gaffer taping black or red velvet onto
anything . Eventually the book festival  kindly erected  'The Carpet'
to shoot on .  The lighting developed from daylight, on camera flash
to off camera flash to the now highly sophisticated portable studio
lighting I use. Trying to keep the pictures fresh is a challenge,  so
its all about how I work and I apply this to all my work. I try and
get the author to give something of them selves, without this you are
sunk,  by communicating and talking to them ,trying to build up
something whatever that is  . Also by varying the lighting with
modifiers , lighting or not lighting the carpet , standing ,sitting

Why do you use boutique agencies over larger more general ones?

Boutique agencies will get larger fees for quality work. So if the
rewards are there it makes the whole effort worthwhile.

David Starkey photographed in 2011

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