National Theatre Talk: Stage Photographers
National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
£6 (£5 concessions)
Exploring the practice and process of stage photography with Michael Mayhew, Nobby Clark and Ellie Kurttz. This is an opportunity to hear from three photographers who have a vast range of experience in theatre across the UK. Chaired by Natasha Bonnelame and with opportunity for audiences questions.
About Michael Mayhew:
Michael Mayhew was the National Theatre’s Art Director from 1976 to 2009 where he was responsible for designing the posters and programmes for NT productions. As a photographer Mayhew took photographs for over 20 productions at the NT, as well working on theatre productions and rehearsal images for the Black Theatre Co-operative, Foco Novo and Temba Theatre.Mayhew left a legacy of over 1000 newly digitised photographs at the NT Archive, including many that were originally shot in 35mm black-and-white film on a Nikon El2 camera. Mayhew’s archive of photographs of black theatre in London in the 80s/90s is currently featured in the National Theatre’s exhibition, Bright Young Tings.
About Nobby Clark:
Nobby Clark has worked as a photographer for the Observer, Sunday Times, The Times and Guardian newspapers and for all the major English theatre, opera and ballet companies including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet with directors Sir Peter Hall, Sir Trevor Nunn, Sir Richard Eyre, Bill Bryden, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, John Dextor and John Schlesinger. He has also been production photographer for many West End productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and RENT and Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
About Ellie Kurttz:
Ellie Kurttz has worked with most leading British theatre and dance companies including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Young Vic, Almeida, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Rambert Dance Company, and was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artist-in-Residence between 2006 – 2007, having documented their work for more than a decade. As a former ballerina, Ellie Kurttz has a strong understanding of movement and this is visible in her stage photography.