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KateMoss inmyMercedes 280SE3.5 convertible, 8May 1988, 14.16 I took a call from the super-agent Sarah Doukas (the CEO of StormModel Management) to ask if I would see a new face that she had considered representing. I was shooting for Vogue Italia that day and KateMoss arrived at my London studio. I invited her to sit andwatchmy shoot, a portrait sessionwith the young athlete LukeMassey. She only had one or two Polaroids of herself to showme. I suggested that I shoot a few photos of her and Luke and parked outside the studiowithmy new Mercedes 280SE 3.5 convertible, a car that I had just purchased from the artist David Hockney. Kate, Luke andmyself jumped into the car and drove to one of my favourite spots in Regents Park. I only shot one roll of filmand every one of the ten frames of Kate was a winner. She went on, of course, to become amodern icon of our time.
Naomi Campbell inmyLondonstudiowearingrubbergloves, 8 May2010, 16.44 Ever the professional, Naomi was bang on time and at 9amshe flew intomy London studio. Shewas in a great mood and all her favourite team, including Lucinda Chambers, were gathered to support her. Naomi chooses and onlywears what shewants to put on. For some reason this two-piece swimsuit fromPrada also came packaged with a pair of silver vinyl gloves. She immediately put this outfit on and exclaimed to everyone that this would be the first – and only – occasion that shewouldwear a pair of rubber gloves. BravoNaomi!
GeorgeMichael andAndrewRidgeley, 7July 1984, 17.33 The very last photo taken of George and Andrew as Wham! They were very sombre and barely spoke to each other. They split a few hours after this photo was taken in my London studio. George had earlier decided to launch a solo career and, of course, the rest is history. This is a never before published image.
White, where the photographer was introduced to Bowie by Jerry Hall and Coco Schwab. The two immediately bonded, building a friendship that would span for more than 30 years. A few days after their first meeting Tony was contacted by David’s record company and the first of their many photographic shoots together was arranged. Their first collaboration was to shoot all of the publicity for the Let’s Dance tour in 1983, and their photographic relationship continued well into the 90s. One of Tony’s portraits of Bowie is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, while he also photographed one of Bowie’s most famous covers for The Face magazine, which is regarded by
GQ magazine as one of the most the influential magazine covers of the 80s. Bowie was photographed by McGee on a number of occasions, and Tony would personally take the contact sheets from the photoshoots to the singer who would then sign off on the images and put gold stars on the images of his choice. “I last saw him three days before he died,” says Tony. “I consider him to be probably one of the most inventive musicians of the last eighty years. To have worked with him on such a personal level was an enormous honour.”
The camera TonyMcGee uses
extraordinary camera that now allows a photographer or filmmaker to do almost anything you want with it. It is simply loaded with wonderful options and the M-ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses are second to none. Delicious clarity and contrast with a very ’motion picture’ like bokeh. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has now become my pride of place onmy carry on bag for any international assignment.”
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the brand’s flagship camera so it is rich in cutting edge features demanded by enthusiast and professional photographers. Its headline features include a 20.4-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, the ability to shoot full-size Raw files at 60 frames-per-second and a 121 all cross-type phase detection AF sensors to give super- fast, deadly accurate focusing in all sorts of lighting. And you get all this in a compact camera body plus the system support of Olympus’s family of M-ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. As Tony McGee say: “The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is an
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