Legend Willie Christie to Direct New Reality Show for Style Photography
June 27, 2015
LONDON, United Kingdom, October 10 – Legendary 70s and 80s fashion photographer Willie Christie has today been announced as the Executive Director of Britain’s first reality show for style photography.
With a career spanning four decades, Christie was given his first break in photography by David Anthony and went on to work as an assistant to the great Clive Arrowsmith. He worked extensively as a photographer with British Vogue, working closely with both Grace Coddington and Liz Tilberis. He shot 10 Vogue covers and many inside spreads with them. Christie’s portfolio includes award winning advertising campaigns, fashion and portrait work for international icons, notably Cary Grant, Grace Jones, Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, Sir John Mills and Catherine Deneuve; and Rock ‘n’ Roll album covers and portraits for Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Lou Reed, among others.
“Photography is now ubiquitous but more doesn’t necessarily mean better by flicking a switch to get a cool effect,” explained Willie Christie. “It will be fun to stop the clock, strip away the layers and rediscover timeless images that have ‘a point of view’.”
Christie has been showcased in Vision Gallery (Arizona), the Little Black Gallery, The Ivy Club, the RA’s Summer Exhibition 2011 and his Mick Jagger portrait of 1969 was selected for the international tour of Les Recontres D’Arles 2010 exhibition. His work is featured in a wide selection of books including: People in Vogue by Robin Derrick & Robin Muir, Wonderful Today by Pattie Boyd, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason and more recently, Grace, a Memoir by Grace Coddington.
The 9-episode series developed by Christie and Back to Front TV is a first for Britain and will celebrate the essential relationship between style and photography. Back to Front TV counts the Royal Photographic Society as a headline supporter. Casting for the series will be conducted through a call for contestants in late October 2013, when Back to Front TV will invite anyone with a keen interest in photography to submit their best images and describe their motivation for participating in this exclusive series.
“When I first met Willie Christie, I knew then there was something special about him,” explained Haider Mannan, creator of the concept and principal of Back to Front TV. “We quite possibly have one of the only remaining true greats of old-school photography. Willie will win the hearts of our viewing audience, he has a delightfully warm personality and is a master of the craft and the art of style photography”
The show will be executive produced by Back to Front TV, a firm that develops content among other production related activities; and is advised by Mannan Capital Partners.
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For further information:
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Notes to Editors:
About Willie Christie
Willie Christie’s profile and selected images on the Back to Front TV website.
About Back to Front TV
Back to Front TV develops innovative original entertainment properties for production and distribution across all forms of media, traditional and emerging. Using a hybrid approach, concepts are developed in close partnership with a creative collaborative before commercial validation.
To find new creative meaning and explore the essential relationship of style and photography Back to Front TV has developed an exciting new concept, Back to Front (working title) a reality production backed by an award-winning team – the shoots and stories influenced by iconic images and legendary names in photography – each episode will be produced into a thrilling challenge for contestant and audience alike.
Back to Front TV is a company of Mannan Capital Partners.
About Mannan Capital Partners
Mannan Capital Partners is an early-stage heavy lift partner for projects in the emerging technology and media space. The firm follows a strict philosophy in bringing together investors and sponsors onto a single platform to support capitalisation and development of entrepreneurial ideas.