25 Years of Shooting Comedians
25 Years of Shooting Comedians
A beautiful hardback coffee table book containing a selection of 110 of my favourite portraits of comedians from a 25 year career.
A beautiful hardback coffee table book containing a selection of 110 of my favourite portraits of comedians from a 25 year career. Read more
About this project
Over an illustrious career spanning twenty five years, world renowned celebrity portrait photographer Rich Hardcastle has shot many of the finest actors, bands, movie stars, artists and writers ever known. However, it is his work with comedians for which he is best known.
Whilst recently trawling old hard drives and negative files, Rich has discovered a treasure trove of rare and revealing early images of some of the greatest comedians to grace the stage before they were world famous. These never before seen images will be included alongside a comprehensive study of comedy subjects spanning twenty five years 1992 - 2017.
With the generous help of your KickStarter support, Rich will publish up to 120 of these astonishing portraits alongside many hilarious and revealing early career anecdotes from the world's greatest comedians, all within a beautiful limited edition large format hardback coffee table book, featuring a foreword written by Ricky Gervais and an interview with Hardcastle by Adam Hills.
A selection of comedians featured in this exclusive book will include Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Eddie Izzard, Barry Humphries, Adam Hills, Greg Davies, Noel Fielding, Rowan Atkinson, John Oliver, Holly Walsh, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rich Hall, Tim Minchin, Jimmy Carr, Flight of the Conchords, Jason Manford, Ed Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, Dara O'Briain, Karl Pilkington, Rufus Hound, Rik Mayall, Bill Bailey, Sean Hughes, Jo Brand, Sean Lock, Harry Hill, Wil Anderson, Dom Joly, Stewart Lee, Vic and Bob, Michael Mcintyre, and many more.
"Like all great comedy writers, whenever I come up with a joke that I'm happy with, I immediately put on shades, light a cigar and jump on my desk. Luckily, Rich is always there to capture it."
"I love this shot. It was taken in the room in which I wrote the first draft of "Matilda - a Musical", so it reminds me of that lovely feeling of inspired frustration. Even though I had to train for 6 years to learn to balance like that, it was totally worth it."
"This is actually the position that Pole Vaulters start in, but 2003 was a great time for me in New York. I was doing the play 'Day in the Death of Joe Egg' and you can see the buzz the Broadway lights behind me. The Pole Vaulting is just extra".
We were in Edinburgh at festival time I remember. I was rushing around doing interviews & shows - basically trying to get arrested in the comedy world. We had about twenty minutes, so we walked up a hill (there's nothing but hills in Edinburgh it's like a Escher sketch). Rich had organised the tailor shop location. I guess it suited me in every sense. At that time I was wearing a suit at all times, I didn't own any other cloths. Looking back I look a little bloated, I guess late nights & bad food will do that to a man. I remember the speed, I'd be photographed before & it took ages, this was 5 clicks & we were done. That's how it should be.
"I really like this picture because I look quite wistful and optimistic. There's something of the little boy about me which is weird because it was taken in a pub in Edinburgh where little boys aren't allowed. We showed them."
"After an afternoon of taking pictures I think Rich and I knew we hadn't got the distinctive image we wanted. In an awkward silence an hour in I offered up a creatively groundbreaking suggestion "I could take my top off?" Rich replied "Yeah. And maybe put this massive hat on?" he took it and with absolute confidence smiled and said "Yeah that's it." I then insisted on a vast array of others being taken before we inevitably agreed that he was right. I think Rich is a brilliant photographer and in my case achieved something special: making me look more unattractive than any human being before him and I include the surgeon who removed one of my kidneys."
"Rich's real skill (apart from photography) is realising that comedians don't want to look wacky. Deep down comedians are all depressives who long to be in Indie bands. Rich shoots comedians as though we are all one syringe away from an overdose. Rich gets it."
Hardback book. Size 325mm x 264mm, 228 pages. Printed by Push Print London on Artic Volume Ivory paper 150gsm. 1000 copies.
Risks and challenges
There really shouldn't be any problems. The layout template is complete, the finished portraits being added, with the exception of 3 new ones I'm doing exclusively for the book. The written contributions are coming in and being added daily. The printers are waiting for the book, expecting a print ready file at the end of July.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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