VII Interactive Book Club. “Idols + Believers” by Jocelyn Bain Hogg


June 22, 2020
10:00–11:15AM EDT

This live event is on June 22, 2020 at 16:00 CET/15:00 BST/10:00 EDT.

“Bain Hogg’s stunning photographs serve as windows into the world of celebrity and pop culture. These behind-the-scenes portraits ooze glamour but also the raw and lonely flip side of fame.” — Harper’s Bazaar

The culmination of years of photographing the inner machinations of public and private events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars, Idols+Believers juxtaposes vibrant color images with sensitive black-and-white shots to present a fully rounded exploration of the nature of fame and fandom in the twenty-first century.

The color images reflect our apparently insatiable appetite for all things celebrity: from Kylie’s knickers and plastic Bart Simpson dolls, to tourist rides over Hollywood by helicopter. Starkly contrasted black-and-white images take the reader on an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the fame machine — from the paparazzi pack chasing the latest starlet, to fans and press swarming together around a delighted Arnold Schwarzenegger, to the icy stare of Angelina Jolie as she heads for her latest premiere. No one is left out when it comes to dissecting the celebrity industry: Producers, pop idols, supermodels, fashion designers, publicists, look-alikes, paparazzi, and even porn stars all play their part.

Join Jocelyn Bain Hogg and fellow VII photographer Ziyah Gafic to discuss our unnatural obsession with fame and fandom in the twenty-first century.

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Jocelyn Bain Hogg

, London
Jocelyn Bain Hogg began his career as a unit photographer on movie sets after studying Documentary Photography at Newport Art College.  He shot publicity for the BBC, photographed fashion and now works on documentary projects and commercial and editorial assignments.
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