Angela Hill – Real And Documentary

by Mary Bitchashvili
London-based Angela Hill – Co-founder of one of the coolest book stores IDEA Books. Hill came from a background in fashion, having previously worked for Comme des Garçons and Browns, as well as assisting fashion editors and stylists in the late 1980s. She went onto pursue a career as a photographer, co-founding a magazine in the 1990s. With David Owen, she curated sections of Bookmarc — Marc Jacobs’ boutique bookstores in New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris — and you will find their permanent stalls in Dover Street Markets around the world.

Dressed for breakdance. Dress for breakfast. Eliot Sumner Photographed by Angela Hill in the morning light. and styled by @omaimasss. Always wake up to @marfajournal

The story behind Sylvia, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Paris.

The shots in Paris were for a Japanese magazine – I think it was Madame Figaro – and when Nicholas Ghesquiere was asked his choice of photographer for the story he asked for me.

7
IMG_0264
1
IMG_0254
2
IMG_0263
3
IMG_0256
4
IMG_0262
5
IMG_0257
6
IMG_0266

The story behind Elizabeth and The Stanford Pictures

I found Elizabeth somewhere in London, I cannot remember where and because of her age I asked her for her parent’s phone number. I rang her father to ask permission to photograph her and he was very formal and asked that I write a letter to him. I did so and after some deliberation, he agreed. I shot Elizabeth many many times for various magazines but the Stanford pictures were for my magazine VERY. She was at school in Somerset and I needed to shoot the next cover – I went down to the nearest town to her school and she met me wearing the STANFORD sweatshirt which I loved. She explained it was one of her relatives who was a graduate from Stanford ( Elizabeth’s mother is American). I had a very short time to shoot the cover that day as she had had special leave from school to come into town and was under a strict curfew on timing.

4
IMG_0265
1
IMG_0267
2
IMG_0279
3
IMG_0273

 

PURPLE Magazine

I loved Purple from the very beginning; I went to see Ellen Fleiss (one of the co-founders) on an appointment in Paris and she subsequently asked me to do many stories – all of which I am happy with – the art direction was always sublime and loved working for them.

7
IMG_0270
1
IMG_0271
2
IMG_0272
3
IMG_0278
4
IMG_0281
5
IMG_0282
6
IMG_0283

 

How do you describe your work as a photographer?

I like everything to look as real and documentary as possible, I only shoot on 35mm film because it produces the effect I want in the final product and I like every shot to look like a film still, so I always shoot landscape and very very rarely portrait.

Your first camera

NIKON F4

What excites you most about the future?

Learning


Enjoy Mica. Sofia in the very limited IDEA shirt made exclusively for Monday’s book launch and signing at @doverstreetmarketnewyork.
@sofiamalamute by @angelahill22

 

Old school things we should bring back
Look forward instead

What influenced you the most?
Certain faces, certain styles, films, books, fashion…..mostly looks – the way someone carries themselves, the way they look.


Schoolgirls Barbican, London. Comme Des Garcons. VERY Magazine

What are you passionate about?
Nature, plants, books, families

Do you remember what was the first picture you took?
Probably a black/white of a girl in an underground car park – she was wearing a classic trench coat – I still love that style
3
IMG_0302
1
IMG_0253
2
IMG_0303

Freddie in Berlin Purple Magazine Styled by Anna Clausen Photo Angela Hill Wearing Lacoste and  Henrik Vibskov

Complete the sentence

I love the smell of…Geranium oil and petrol
I love the taste of…Salmon grilled
Something that I was surprised to find …That I become confident when I am taking pictures
I have a natural affinity for…Creating an interior that is harmonious

 

5
IMG_0301
1
IMG_0296
2
IMG_0295
3
IMG_0308
4
IMG_0307
Edith Owen in Chanel at the Bristol by Angela Hill and Linda Engelhardt