The second weekend of the Bedford Park Festival, 15 – 17 June, sees the return of Artists At Home, the open studios across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush.
The Artists At Home are a bunch of poseurs, but not in a bad way. Not in the dictionary sense that they ‘behave affectedly’ but in the more acceptable sense ‘poses for effect’. Photographer Daniel Lewis was commissioned by Artists At Home to create a series of portraits of the artists at work, and the results are stunning.
The photographs were the subject of his first solo exhibition in 2914 and two of the images from this project have been recognised in the ‘British Life Photography Awards’ and were subsequently in a touring exhibition across the UK. Since then he’s been commissioned by the National Geographic Traveller to photograph the Natural History Museum and last year to take a series of portraits of Premier League footballers.
Photographing the artists he said was fascinating as their studios were all so different, each very telling of their personality and their work. And perhaps unusually for people used to controlling how things look, they mostly took direction easily.
You can see his Artists At Home portraits in the This Is Chiswick section of The Chiswick Calendar website.
Photograph is Tristan V Christann’s portrait by Daniel Lewis.