Brad Pitt photographed by Rich Hardcastle backstage at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012. BAFTA have commissioned Hardcastle for the past five years to take photographs of guests as they come off the stage, getting a unique insight into that “yes” moment after winners have received their award.
Technically difficult due to the very low lighting and short amount of time he gets with the subjects, Hardcastle’s skill is demonstrated in this striking photograph.
In this image, he has captured Brad Pitt looking directly into camera, creating an intimacy between the subject and the viewer.
The photograph is part of a new exhibition, The Director’s Cut: BAFTA Photography 2006–2016, curated by BAFTA Photography Director Janette Dalley. The exhibition shows a selection of Janette’s favourite images commissioned by BAFTA in her time as director.
About the Photograph
Size: (w) 16 x (h) 20 inches with a white boarder.
Printed on 240gsm lustre photographic paper
Colour with a white border
Courtesy of BAFTA and the photographer.
About the Photographer
With a First Class Honours degree in Photography and a Masters in Fine Art Photography from Edinburgh College of Art, Rich Hardcastle has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial photographer. His previous projects with the likes of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, where he was commissioned to document the making of the award winning show Extras, brought him industry-wide acclaim. The resultant images were released in a book titled The Illustrated Scripts. Hardcastle travelled the world as ‘special photographer’ in the hit TV series An Idiot Abroad, which was also published in book form. There are several works by Hardcastle in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Hardcastle’s highly-detailed portraiture combines an intelligent and acutely-observed visual humour, frequently imbued with a quiet pathos. His striking, highly original aesthetic has attracted industry-wide acclaim and has led commissions publications including Rolling Stone, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar and two exhibitions, Dark Tales and his latest, Mr Detective Man, featuring model, David Gandy, both staged at Mead Carney, Mayfair, London. He says, of his BAFTA experience: “Shooting backstage at the BAFTAs is my favourite job of the year. It combines the two things I love shooting the most, reportage and actors, in one lovely three-hour package.”