BAFTA, Backstage Photography Exhibition
I was lucky enough to see a post on Twitter about an upcoming photography exhibition called, "BAFTA, Backstage" so I got my free ticket and headed down to the BAFTA headquarters near Piccadilly Circus. A display of photography taken from behind the scenes at the BAFTA ceremony were placed on the walls, all around the inside of the building. Normally, only members are allowed to go in, and this is one of the few times they allowed members of the public to come inside, so it was really a treat, especially for me who is award ceremony obsessed.
The rooms were laid out with photos taken from the various ceremonies over the years. The best ones were showcased on the walls, and will later be sold at auction. There were so many beautiful shots and if I were richer, I'd certainly purchase one or two.
My favorite part of the day though was that I had gotten a ticket to include a Q&A with some of the photographers. For 45 minutes, they led us through a panel of questions about the BAFTA photography process, and it was so interesting. Basically, the theme of the panel was, "PR people suck." All of the photographer hated publicists, because they're the ones that determine the very short amount of time they get with the celebrity to capture a shot. One man was really upset because he had a perfect shot of Uma Thurman backstage, but then her publicist said no right as he was about to take the photograph.
They only get a minute or two with each celeb if they're lucky. Most have to fight just to get 10 minutes or more. I was very surprised by that. It made me know for my future in celebrity PR to always be kind to the photographers and not be stingy with time. I was able to speak with the BAFTA photography director for a moment after the panel, and she was so lovely and told me that she mostly fell into the position having come from a background in military photography archives and that if I want to follow in her footsteps, to find a job that combines photography and publicity, which is perfect, because that's exactly what I'd love to do. It was a very inspiring day, and I can't wait for the future when I am further involved with the entertainment industry.