Roy Tan – Production photographer
As one who has been an Art Director in several notable advertising agencies, one can easily see how that has influenced Roy's photographic work. Mainly spending his time as a portrait photographer, but when time allows, his other passion takes him to the musical theatre. It is here, that he captures special moments in time to be immortalized. His photographs capture the essence of the subject, and often, the character of the individuals they are portraying. Roy is the official photographer for Musical Theatre Review in London UK and image provider for Broadway World.
At the moment, Roy is preparing for his book and photo exhibition showcasing people that have contributed to making the theatrical stage a magical place. Easily recognizable artists that have been photographed so far include Bea Arthur, Chaim Topol, Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, Julie Walters, to name but a few http://roytan3.wix.com/exhibition Over the last 15 years, nearly all the West End photo-calls have seen Roy's presence. He has also been the Official Photographer for a few noted West End / Off West End productions, Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells Theatre, Soho Cinders by Elliot Davis, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at Soho Theatre, Crazy For You at Novello Theatre ( winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival ), Dorian Gray, Gatsby by Ruby in the Dust. Savage by Claudio Macor, Sid by Leon Fleming, I Loved Lucy by Lee Tannen at The Art’s Theatre, Gertrude at Theatre N 16, Her Aching Heart at Hope Theatre all 6 plays produced by Andrea Leoncini of LWL Investment Ltd. Ace of Clubs, The Baker’s Wife, The Fix, HMS Pinafore at the Union Theatre.13 The Musical, The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Secret Garden at The Ambassadors Theatre by Matthew Chandler-Garcia of The British Theatre Academy. A Princess Undone by Richard Stirling… In 2017 Roy has been nominated for a Theatre Tech Awards as The Best Production Photography Finalist.
In the current climate of media awareness, Roy is a firm believer that the photographer should be an integral member of any production team. Especially in its early stages, when a production is not yet open to the public, it is down to the photographer to help raise public awareness. He strongly feels that they should be recognized for their work when bringing a show to life. For that reason, it is his mission to make sure that their contribution should be reflected in all official engagements. This should include promotional pamphlets, websites and theatre programs.
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