Cape Town based Director Ryan Kruger brings his darker, avant-garde style to the commercial world. This high energy commercial for Toyota is a mise-en-scène of film noir, street style and action. It showcases the versatility and creativity Ryan has to offer.
Blending the fantastical with rich visuals and a down to earth portrayal of what is current, true and cool out there on the streets.
You can view Ryan's portfolio here: http://www.artistsandlegends.com/moving-image/#/ryan-kruger-director/
Artists & Legends prides itself on being the go-to production company for sports & adventure brands. Having produced for TomTom Fitness for several years, A&L now adds Wiggle UK to its roster.
The Spring/Summer 2018 shoot included a tri-althete and outdoor print campaign and commercial. A major casting was held for duo and triathletes in Cape Town, South Africa, handled by A&L.
Here is some of the work, shot by the very passionate James Cannon.
Here is a link to our latest adventure and sports showreel. Get in touch, we would love to work with you!
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"Black Sheep Make The World Colorful" is the slogan of the new Pepsi Black Commercial.
While Richard is no black sheep, he is well represented amongst the talent selected for this shoot. All are individuals making their mark on the world. Richard worked alongside Director Christian Larson and the late Fashion Icon Jenny Andrew. To view Richard's portfolio, click through here.
We are proud to introduce our most recent collaboration: the online commercial for new Chinese motorised scooter brand, Relync.
Check out the video below.
We can't show you the iceberg of what goes into making the great video content that we produce - or the successful impact it has for our clients.
We can share the beautiful, shiny tip of ice that sticks out on top: our latest showreel.
It is a compilation of amazing projects we have proudly produced over the last twelve months, shot by director and cinematographer Fabian Vettiger. Visit his portfolio here.
Of course great work can only happen with great clients. We can't wait to collaborate with you.
Artists & Legends is your reliable production partner.
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Cape Town-based cinematographer Roscoe Vercueil's focus is on collaboration. He seeks out like-minded individuals with whom he can work to create cutting edge visuals and beautiful images. Roscoe has worked in the film industry for almost a decade. He has developed a keen interest in the meaning of colour and how it translates on film.
Vastly experienced, he is comfortable in shooting all types of content: from creative music videos to managing large teams for long periods of time on feature films.
View his portfolio here.
Richard de Jager's legacy as the coolest stylist and creative director in the business continues to grow. His ability to understand youth culture and create fashion trends is unprecedented.
Once again Richard formed part of the creative team for adidas Originals's third installment of the Original is Never Finished campaign, featuring reality star Kendall Jenner, basketballer James Harden, Playboy Carti, 21 Savage and Young Thug.
View Richard's portfolio here.
Cape Town-based Roice Nel has been a regular collaborator with South African fashion designers for the last seven years. With capability to shoot, direct and edit a project, Roice has become the go-to filmmaker in the SA fashion scene.
His experience in documentary film making gives him a unique perspective when shooting fashion films. His ability to multitask as director and editor, makes turn-around times on projects that much faster.
For the past 15 years, Gerard has focused on kid’s photography.
He has developed an impressive list of clients including Vogue Bambini, Collezioni, Hooligans, Babesta, Papillon NY, Celine, Kenzo, Tartine et Chocolat, Jacadi, Mayoral, Chicco, Dodie, Renault and McDonald’s.
What sets Gerard apart is his sophisticated approach to photographing children. His style and aesthetic is fashion forward. Children are not reduced to being simply cute and little. In Gerard's images, children are as they are in the real world; fully-fledged with individual personalities. They are conscious of what they wear. They are thinking and feeling. They are stylish, opinionated and articulate.
In recent years, Gerard has extended his repertoire to include food photography. To see more of this work, email us.
Fabian continues to build his already-impressive body of work. Just released is this commercial for Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo's recently-launched CR7 Denim range, directed by David East. Fabian has worked on campaigns for many high-profile South African brands including Investec, Vodacom and Hunter's Dry. Fabian is available as both a director and cinematographer. You can view more of his work here.
Peter De Mulder discovered photography at a young age. He was only five years old when he swapped his teddy bear for a 1950's Leica. Peter likes to think that the camera had obscure magic powers. Shooting with it was quite tricky, as it was not a reflex camera but one with a telemeter. Focusing at that young age was a challenge and when he succeeded to take a sharp picture with it, the feeling of victory was intoxicating. Learning to shoot on an analogue camera taught Peter about natural light. His belief to this day is that Photoshop is a tool, but not the means to an end.
As an adolescent, Peter's uncle introduced him to black and white printing. In the strange red atmosphere of the dark room, Peter felt there was no possible return. He was infected. His passion for the art of photography is contagious, it's the air he breathes. Looking at his photographs today, one could arguably say that the camera he once thought to be a mystic talisman is the medium through which Peter channels his own magic.
A true master of his craft, Peter shoots action sports, including campaigns for Nike and Coleman, and fashion. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Marie-Claire and Elle to name a few.
Peter is also most well known for his underwater photography. He creates incredible scenarios by submerging with his models. Peter talks about developing his craft in an interview with Vendome Magazine
How did you land your first big job and which one was it?
I was still a student in photography , the CEO of an important advertising agency had seen my year’s end exhibition and asked me if I wanted to shoot for them a campaign competition, no fee attached of course. It was a series of shots with wind surfers running with their boards and sails to the sea, Hobbycats sailors in action etc…The agency didn’t win the competition but sold the whole concept to a big bank client they had, with a fee…. I followed the Ecole Supérieure Des Arts Visuels De La Cambre, section photography. I had already notions of photography and printing before.
You’re especially known for your underwater photography, most of it being fashion photography. How did this concept come to your mind?
I was near the island of Spetses on a short trip with my best friend, a former dancer of Maurice Béjart. We were free diving and for no reason my friend started an improvised underwater ballet. I looked at that no-gravity feeling, the strange underwater light, the way the body moves and changes in this strange world. I immediately started to research the best way to solve all the technical problems attached to underwater photography. There were no digital cameras at the time, and I wanted to shoot with mid-format film. The challenge was to understand how the underwater light works, to anticipate the blueness of the colors and to build an underwater housing that would fit my mid-format cameras. When I look at them now, they are quite primitive and clumsy tools but they did the job.
Under-water fashion photography is challenging. First I am free diving in 90% of the underwater shootings, so are my models. It’s physically challenging but for me staying underwater with scuba gear and waiting for my models to perform deprives me from a constant contact and lead with them. I can’t measure their state of fatigue or cold if I’m not putting myself in the same conditions, I can’t give them directions or encourage them if I don’t pop at the surface constantly with them. As I’m shooting most of my work in the ocean, I have to adapt to its various conditions. Creativity is at stake but so is safety. Not to say that at the end of a day of shooting you will not find me on the dancing floor.
Your motto is “I don’t think pictures have to justify their existence”; what’s the meaning of it?
It’s actually a Richard Avedon’s motto, a great invisible mentor for me. It means for me that pictures have an existence that makes explanations or justifications unnecessary if they’re good pictures. Everyone should be able to relate in one form or another to pictures he/she sees without any explanations attached, the world and emotions that the pictures shows are there to be digested without a bible of explanations. If a written explanation is needed, I feel those pictures haven’t succeeded to tell their own story. To me, photography means freedom, a way to express the mosaic of emotions encountered on this planet, being beautiful or frightening, a picture says everything it needs to say in the fraction of a second it took to capture it.
You have also extensively covered India with your photography, and showed through it parts of the world that one must see to believe. What made you fall in love with India?
As you get submerged underwater and have to accept it to live the moment with peace, so is India where you get totally submerged by it’s energy, people, strangeness and closeness at the same time. The idea is to let go, not resisting the elements, same as for the ocean. I didn’t find yet in another place on this planet such a variety of what human kind can offer, from worse to incredible, from ugly to marvelous. Pictures of Cartier Bresson and Don McCullin have haunted me when I was a young student and at 24 I made the leap of faith.
What’s the most valuable thing you learned from your time there?
That time has another dimension, or many other dimensions…
I got 3 top crazy experiences in my career: underwater fashion shooting in the Maldives while the monsoon still hanged above our heads, a campaign for Coleman shot in the US and Costa Rica where I ended up climbing in the forest canopy, feeding alligators with melting marshmallows to be able to shoot them from close in the Everglades, sleeping in a tepee in South Dakota while a roaming bear tore of our food trash, riding horses the same day and being ejected from my mount when she came face to face with a snake etc…and finally the multiple Kumbh Mela I attended in India.
Peter is available on special commission in South Africa.
Travel and food photographer Russell Smith visited India earlier this year.
Russell visited tourist attractions, places of natural beauty as well as urban spaces frequented by locals.
The exciting element of Russell's travel photographs is that he depicts every place he shoots as the people who live there experience it. He does not simply take a photograph of a beautiful palace. He shows it in context: on a busy city street with women walking past on their way to do their laundry. A lush forest scene is shown to us from the viewpoint of the children who play there daily. His images capture beauty in the everyday lives of the inhabitants. Exotic places are not just monuments of a foreign culture but living, breathing spaces. He shows us that history is not of the past, but is a story that continues to be told. A photograph ceases to be a moment in time. It is many moments exisitng both harmoniously and in contradiction to one another. This imbues his beautiful images with meaning, making them both accessible and aspirational to audiences.
Russell worked as an art director before pursuing a career behind the lens. He specialises in food, travel and portrait photography. He has worked with many celebrities in the South African food industry including Luke Dale-Roberts, Pete Goffe-Wood and Liam Tomlin. His skill in shooting both their portraits and cuisine allows the viewer to really engage with how these chefs' personalities are reflected in their food. Once can almost taste the pictures.
See more of Russell's work here.
Artists & Legends are thrilled to announce that we are now representing acclaimed German fashion and celebrity photographer Yves Borgwardt.
Born in Frankfurt in 1983, Yves completed his professional apprenticeship in analog photography and worked as an assistant to prolific fashion photographers before taking on his own fashion and commercial clients.
His work has featured in publications such as Harper Bazaar's, Interview, Men Health, Stern, Vogue and Zeit Magazin. Borgwardt has shot campaigns for adidas, Bayer Healthcare, Mercedes Benz, Nokia, Silhouette Eyewear and Sony Music. In recent years, Borgwardt has developed a penchant for photographing celebrities. He has worked with a host of household names including Audrey Tautou, Billy Idol. Bob Odenkirk, Daniel Bruehl, Daisy Ridley, Grandmaster Flash, Herbert Groenemeyer and Paul Weller.
In 2012 Borgwardt was nominated for Lead Academy's Lead Award in Fashion Photography. A selection of his photographs were featured in The Visual Leader Exhibition at The Deichttorhallen, a world-renowned centre for contemporary art and photography in Hamburg.
One of the most vibrant personalities we've encountered on set, Reinout Steenhuizen is an unquestionably talented cinematographer. Professional, hard-working, and simultaneously the life of the party with experience in a wide range of mediums from feature documentaries to music videos to slick television commercials, he is an asset to any team. Artists & Legends is so excited to be working with Reinout. He is based in the Netherlands and available to work throughout the world.
See his portfolio here.