Molliere - Possibly the next best London Theatre Photographer
March 22nd, 2006
Victoria & Albert
As far as
theatre photography goes, Pascal Molliere is a relative new comer.
Having only been shooting the London stage for the last 5 years, he
is positively a rookie - 5 years is no time in this business.
Other well known theatre
photographers such as John Haynes and Knobby Clarke, who have both
been photographing the likes of Dame Judy Dench and Sir Ian McKellen
are among other well known names have been around literally for
decades. But in this short time, Pascal Molliere has produced some
of the best richly observed theatre stills in the business.
At Pascal's first exhibition
this week at the Victoria & Albert Museum's premiere exhibition room
Pascal's work was likened to that of the late Ivan Kyncl who passed
away earlier last year and left an enormous void in the creative
arena of theatre photography in London. "Ivan was the one we would
always call for" said playwright Mike Poulton, "Ivan's work was
really outstanding, he was one of the few photographers who could
just instinctively know when to click the shutter, but Pascal has
certainly produced some special work and in my opinion from what
I've seen, Pascal Molliere would be my first choice as a London
Pascal who lives in Surbiton
started his career in theatre photography after having been asked to
work alongside one of the most well known theatre photographers in
London, John Haynes. John was photographing at the MacCowan theatre
which is part of LAMDA's acting school's faculty.
Pascal was then asked by LAMDA
to shoot for their new theatre The Linbury and his work is now
hanging on the famous wall space at the 100 year old drama school.
I asked Pascal where he thinks
he gained such an aptitude for shooting great theatre stills "I can
only assume that it's in the blood!" Pascal's grandfather was a
street photographer in Versailles and his father studied photography
in Paris before coming to England when he was just 19. "It was my
dad who first introduced me to photography, he gave me a Zenith 35mm
film camera when I was quite young and I have always really been
interested in photography, I have also been intrigued by the theatre
and so when I got the chance to combine the two, I jumped at the
Pascal is currently working at
The Circus Space in Old Street following the 3 year degree course
final ensemble performances and he will be exhibiting work from this
study in the summer.
About the author
Susan Wilson is news and art
writer who covers most events in the United Kingdom to do with the
arts and theatre. She has a PhD in Literature and Art History and
also has a degree in drama from the Central School for Speech and
Susan Wilson has studied theatre
and film for over 20 years and regularly attends art and photography
exhibitions in order to write about new talent in London.
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