Photography


Miro Films Director, Michel Lawrence, is also a highly experienced photographer. 

Michel Lawrence has a long track record of portrait photography and has staged a number of large scale exhibitions of his work both here and overseas. His photos are often produced in tandem with video projects to be used either in the production itself or as support materials in print or online.

He has produced stills photography for clients as diverse as the Ford Motor Company to The Herald Sun newspaper, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Sussan, Blockbuster, music and theatre producers and various Victorian and Federal Government Departments.

He has also had two of his photographic books published which have sold out and are now out of print.

Michel Lawrence is currently working on another major social project with more than 100 portraits of Australians nominated as National Living Treasures, which he hopes to complete by the end of this year (2016).

For a more comprehensive view of the Michel Lawrence photography story go to: www.michellawrence.com

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An example of a dual Film and Stills campaign  for the Victorian Government where the production required individual and group images of the actors to ensure a seamless look across all media. All photos by Michel Lawrence.  

Photography can be commissioned either as a stand-alone service for stills images, usually involving portraits or as a fully integrated offering for the production of videos and films.

Michel Lawrence is able to shoot both forms and with the latest Canon 5D cameras, on the one platform. But in the end, it all comes down to the cameraman’s eye and how he or she frames images and equally, how the images themselves are lit. But most importantly, it’s how the photographer connects with the subject.

  • Michel Lawrence is a highly experienced stills photographer with a long list of credits.
  • Michel’s published work has been carried in a mixture of newspapers, magazines and books.
  • He has also had two photographic books published, Framed and All of Us.
The former Victorian Premier, John Brumby talks about the role of Bernie Teague as Royal Commissioner for Bushfires.

Portrait photography  was an integral part of the recent Miro Films production: A Portrait of Bernie, a short documentary on the painting of a portrait of the former Supreme Court Judge, Bernie Teague AO, for the Law Institute of Victoria. Former Premier John Brumby photo by Michel Lawrence. 

 

The published work has equally been included in monographs and advertising materials as newspaper and magazine ads and includes numerous high profile people. His work has been included in more than 30 monographs  and books on eminent Australian artists.

He is currently in production with Producer Melinda Williams to document the 100 Australian National Living Treasures project with a planned exhibition, documentary and book planned for launch in 12-18months.

 

The National Living Treasures – A Work-in-Progress

Dr Karl photographed by Michel Lawrence

The highly acclaimed author David Malouf was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000, his 1993 novel Remembering won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1996, and the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award in 2008. He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Portrait of David Malouf by Michel Lawrence

Dr. Fiona Stanley portrait by Michel Lawrence

Above. Portraits of Australian science communicator and populariser Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM, the author David Malouf  and the Epidemiologist Dr Fiona Stanley AC  for the National Living Treasures project, currently in production. Photos of Dr Karl, David Malouf  and Fiona Stanley by Michel Lawrence, November 2015.

Michel has also produced two large format photographic books:

  • Framed-Portraits of Australian Artists by Michel Lawrence was published by Hardie Grant in 1998
Lloyd Rees portrait by Michel Lawrence. First published as a cover for the Good Weekend Magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Janet Hawley won The Walkley Award for the article which accompanied the photograph, which was titled The Last Interview published two months before his death.

Lloyd Rees, from the book Framed, published by Hardie Grant. This photo was first published as a cover of Good Weekend in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

  • All of Us was published by Scribe in 2008 and is also now out of print

Michel’s work has also been reproduced in major metropolitan newspapers and magazines such as The Australian,The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun, Good Weekend and Harpers Bazaar.

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Nick Cave and The Boys Next Door portrait by Michel Lawrence

Nick Cave and The Boys Next Door portrait by Michel Lawrence. Commissioned for the band’s first record cover.