World renowned Photographer Ami Barwell has been shooting Rock ‘n’ Roll – Music, Portraits and Advertising images for the past 20 years. Striking and atmospheric, honest and sexy; her photographs seek out and capture their subjects’ soul.
Her photography encapsulates the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.
Barwell shoots major advertising campaigns; working with brands such as Converse, Stand Up To Cancer, Ben Sherman, Channel 4, Ray-Ban, Wella Shockwaves and EA Games.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Ami’s gritty rock ‘n’ roll style and ability to capture the raw essence of her subject on film, has earned her a solid reputation as one of the World’s leading music photographers.
Having shot some of music’s biggest artists to Worldwide critical acclaim – from her iconic intimate portraits of the legendary Ian Brown, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke, through to Iggy Pop, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Queens Of The Stone Age, Motörhead, Johnny Marr, Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz.
She has worked with artists as diverse as Meat Loaf, The White Stripes, Paul Weller, New York Dolls, REM, The Levellers, Kasabian, Kings Of Leon, and Snow Patrol.
A catalyst for the camera shy, her photographs have a feel and depth that takes you into the shot, as if you were present at that very moment they were taken.
Awarded in 2020: Most Influential Music Photographer.
August 2009 saw the birth of the ‘By Ami Barwell By Ben Sherman’ clothing range. Ami teamed up with Ben Sherman to launch an exclusive, limited-edition collection of unique T-shirts, each adorned with her incredible prints. Edgy and unique, showcasing her amazing photographic talents – the ‘By Ami Barwell By Ben Sherman’ collection couldn’t be more rock ‘n’ roll. Barwell’s tees lead the way in capturing the true authentic spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, where others simply follow.
Barwell regularly shoots editorial spreads, with her work featuring in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Mojo, Rolling Stone, I-D, Elle Magazine, NME, GQ, Uncut, The Sunday Times, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Total Guitar, Wonderland, Classic Rock, The Guardian, Glamour, Huffington Post, The Independent, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Pool, Stylist, Shortlist, Planet Rock and Vanity Fair.
Working with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as their official photographer for 5 years – she documented everything from relaxed personal shots, candid tour-bus antics, intimate backstage emotions and raw, high-energy live shots – in a way nobody else could. Ami was also the Director of Photography for their ‘Weight Of The World’ music video. She has toured worldwide with numerous bands and artists.
Frequently commissioned to produce album covers, inlay artwork and single covers; some of her most iconic work includes cover images for Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Cribs, Editors, Massive Wagons, Sandi Thom, The Cooper Temple Clause and Cage The Elephant.
Barwell’s personal photography project titled ‘Mastectomy’, was released in 2017 in collaboration with Cancer Research UK as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign and marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The portraits show women and men who were diagnosed with breast cancer, including some who are still receiving treatment, bearing their mastectomy scars in a series of gritty and honest portraits. It received overwhelmingly positive Worldwide coverage and praise, with an exhibition showing in London in late 2019.
Ami’s most recent personal project ‘Defiance’, was released as part of Stand Up To Cancer, as a joint advertising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, showcasing the gritty and raw reality of cancer. She photographed men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer, giving an honest and unfiltered look at the disease. Amongst those photographed is Dame Deborah James.
The project is a follow up to her ‘Mastectomy’ series. Following an outpouring of positive responses to her previous photographs, Ami has broadened this series to reflect a diverse range of experiences. These men and women have embraced scars and changes to their bodies, as a show of strength against the disease.
Cancer isn’t pretty, it can be dark, painful and destructive…these people are strong, beautiful and, most of all, defiant.
She has worked with all major record labels.
Ami gains the trust and respect of the people she photographs. On-going working relationships and life-long friendship ensue. In return she gives them photographs to believe in. Perfect, frozen-forever moments.
Ami captures something nobody else can.
UK Based. Shoots Worldwide.
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