Being the house photographer for The Empire, Leicester Square I have been privileged to witness and photograph many famous faces and special moments over 2009. I have tried in this book to present these moments.
There are many famous artist photographs from the 1950's - '70's taken by photographers trusted by the stars. Nowdays paparazzi and other intrusions into private life has led to the mistrust of photographers which has led to increasingly restricted access. Despite the film distributors needing to generate publicity material, behind the scenes access to these events is becoming harder to obtain. So even with an increasing number of photographers and images published in the media, the candid shots, the quiet moments, the photographs that help us understand the persons who shape modern cinema are decreasing.
Putting this collection of photos together I have tried to include not only the previously published or the typical media photographs but also the more unusual, candid photography which are often overlooked by the mainstream media.