British costume designer Sandy Powell (The Wolf of Wall Street, Shakespeare in Love) was photographed by Chris Floyd in 2015 for a BAFTA-commissioned photography series celebrating women in film. The image formed part of a photo essay published in the official brochure given to guests attending the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2015. The series included talented women working in the industry including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Amma Asante.
Photographed in a churchyard, her striking red hair contrasts against the foliage, with Floyd utilising his technique of shooting through something – this time through the branches.
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
Chris Floyd is a British photographer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in some of the world’s most highly respected publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Lula among others. He has shot advertising campaigns for British Airways, Apple, Sony and Philips and has been selected several times for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the annual publication, American Photography.
"I knew from the age of about 16 that I wanted to be a photographer and that I wanted to do portraiture above all other things. I was lucky to start out at a time when great things were happening in music and film in Britain in the early nineties. I was photographing people who were the same age as me. There was a great sense of camaraderie and fun. Those years gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in a relatively short period of time and since then I’ve grown into the kind of photographer that I wanted to be, which is one who uses his work to gain access to a lot of fascinating and varied worlds. Photography is the key that opens a lot of doors that would otherwise remain locked."