Greg Dulli for Q magazine

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I spent a couple of days in New Orleans hanging with and shooting Greg Dulli, former frontman of the Afghan Whigs, and currently of The Twilight Singers. Let me tell you, these guys can play. And drink. And eat. But then again, what would you expect in New Orleans. Also Greg is the owner of the uber-cool hangout ‘The R Bar’, where much of our shoot took place. If you find yourself down in N’arleans, you gotta go check it out. Monday’s special is $10 for a shot and a haircut! Seriously. There’s even an old- school barber chair at the bar.

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We shot ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ intro for the Oscar’s…

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Did you happen to catch the Oscar’s last night? I know, stupid question. Well, if you were paying attention you might have noticed some of our handy-work as they announced the nominees in ‘best adapated screenplay’ category. Basically, the idea was to show the original work in the form of a novel ( except ‘The Social Network’ shown on an iPad), shot in an environment relative to the story. As the book opens, the pages morph into a screenplay, which then fades into the movie. Voila! We worked alongside our longtime collaborators at T- stop inc., namely the extremely talented DP Thomas Hencz, and Prologue Films. Oh, by the way, that iPad you saw for ‘The Social Network’, yep, that was mine! So i kind of made it to the Oscars! Well, sort of.

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Robert Gallagher photographs: PGA Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler

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Earlier this year we did a fun shoot with a new upstart in the golfing world, a punky little O.C. skate-dude by the name of Rickie Fowler. Now, any time a magazine spends the time, effort and resourses to focus on a ‘hot, new thing’, then you know they’ve probably got their finger on the pulse enough more than me, to know what they’re actually talking about. But when i met Rickie, i kind of had a feeling this kid’s gonna be something special. Guess what, he was just named PGA Rookie of the Year, and that’s after having been a key player on the US Ryder Cup team this summer! Oh, and by the way, he’s a kick- ass motocross rider too…. and has a bit of that Zac Efron/ Justin Bieber thing going on. Can’t you just hear Nike and MTV swooning?

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Robert Gallagher has risked his life for rock n’ roll.

Here’s a great post blog post from my rep Wonderful Machine on our recent adventure-filled shoot with John Mellencamp.
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Thursday November 11th, 2010

Robert Gallagher has risked his life for rock n’ roll. The LA-based WM photographer recently had a potentially jarring experience involving famed rock star John Mellencamp and a three-foot blade pulled from the top of a walking cane. According to the profile in Q Magazine, Mellencamp started the photo session by “swishing about” said blade, declaring, “alright, you’ve got 30 f***ing minutes!”

Mellencamp, apparently, is not fond of photo shoots. But where a lesser photographer may have faltered, Robert, undeterred, rose to the occasion. “That pretty much set the tone for the afternoon,” Robert told me. “But to be perfectly honest, it didn’t bother me. I didn’t feel he was really trying to threaten or scare me.” Though Robert wasn’t scared, the article describes Mellencamp delivering a knockout punch to a previous photographer, who invaded the temperamental rocker’s personal space to make adjustments. Nevertheless, Robert had a strategy:

“I was confident that if I just focused on my thing, to capture the devil-may-care artist, then he’d get it and be on board with me creatively. And that’s pretty much what happened. In fact, the 30 minutes turned into 50, which his manager pointed out never happens, with a quick jaunt around the area in his little bone-jarring ATV to shoot some artworks he’s collected.”

I caught up with Q photo editor Russ O’Connell to hear a little bit about why Robert was such a good fit for this assignment. “I knew that I could depend on Robert to shoot him in his natural environment, his home,” Russ explained. “We were lucky to have unrestricted access to John at his home and Robert’s work fits perfectly with the type of images I was looking for, nice raw uncomplicated portraiture. He’s also great at that important reportage angle that I needed for the feature… what you see is what you get with his work, and that’s down to his skill in camera.”

Robert is “particularly proud” of this shoot. First of all, he admires Mellencamp for “his political beliefs, despite the negative attention he draws. He is someone I greatly respect for standing up and being counted.” The wider reason is that he sees Mellencamp as an “outspoken cultural icon, a driven creative spirit, and someone whose sounds represented the freedom of the American spirit, which we’d crank full blast out of a convertible Triumph Spitfire back in our college days in North East England.”

-Asad

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Bund magazine (China)

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Everyone’s favourite vampire Robert Pattinson is our first cover in china. It’s actually a pretty nice looking magazine, i have to say i’m impressed. http://emag.bundpic.com/

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Tony Curtis (1925 – 2010) R.I.P.

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One of the greatest pleasures in this celebrity photography game has to be the time we went to Las Vegas to shoot Tony Curtis. In my opinion, one of the all- time greats, and star of one of the all- time great movies ‘Some Like it Hot’. An absolute classic. But what was even better was discovering what a great guy he was to shoot. Up for anything, as long as it ends in a laugh. He even wanted to take me and my assistant Thomas out on the town to the casinos. Just a great pleasure in this world full of over- inflated ego’s. When I told him he was my mum’s version of Brad Pitt, he insisted I mail some pictures back to him to sign for her. What a guy, and what a sad loss. Rest in Peace Tony.

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