Ivor Houlker - actor's headshot photographer in London


I first got into photography as a way of recording and sharing my work as an actor and performer. I began to find that the kind of understanding of light and composition required to compose a theatre show and a photograph weren't so different. This gave my photography a very distinctive and cinematic style, which I have maintained and continued to develop in my work as a professional photographer.

I have had my work exhibited in Galeria Gardzienice in Lublin (Poland) and London. My images have been used for publicity for theatre and performance around the globe - from Edinburgh Fringe posters to Contact Impro workshops in South Korea. I have a particular interest in headshots for actors, as this crosses over all my areas of expertise. Recently I was commissioned by IdeasTap to photograph their funded shows at Brighton Fringe. I this summer in Greece and in Sicily, partly motivated by a personal project to documenting ancient theatre-related sites. I create theatre work as well as photographic work, and I find I am constantly improving in both fields by allowing them to feed into one another.

I have also worked as videographer and editor for a number of performance projects; recently being commissioned to create videos for projection in Limb2Limb's latest show 'Circles' currently being performed in Edinburgh. I've also worked with Mischa Twitchin to create short vignettes of minimalist video performance interpretations of Beckett. I am currently working on a new video project to cross over with my theatre work - keep an eye on my blog for news about what I'm working on.

Contact me if you have a project to discuss - I'm always open to new creative collaborations.

*this photo was taken by Matthew Houlker (web designer by trade, though also a skilled eyebrow photographer in his own right)