At the age of 13 Rupert had a Konica Pop. This inspired him further as this was his first 35ml camera. A GCSE in photography led to a B-Tec in Art and Design and his first job, running a T Shirt printing firm serving locals from clubs and schools to international companies.
At the London College of Printing Rupert studied Screen Printed Surface Decoration covering all aspects of printing including the processes related to all aspects of photography.
After college, Rupert's career took him to Hong Kong in 1995, where he set up a freelance design business, gaining valuable experience with companies such as Disney, where he designed fabric patterns, Arco Chemical and Jollibee, a major Asian fast food chain, all based in Hong Kong. After 1997, Australia seemed to be the place for opportunities and also a chance to continue with his studies in a new environment.
Rupert spent the next 8 years in Australia travelling, working and studying; obtaining an MA in Graphic design. in his final year on the course he worked for Keycorp Limited, a banking hardware company, where he designed their Exhibition stand, along numerous projects, but the big re-ignition of his passion for photography came when he was approached to film the launch of the Discovery Channel's new board game. The shoot included the need to close part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a horse drawn carriage and proved an phenomenal and ultimately rewarding experience.
Upon returning to the U.K in 2004, Rupert gained employment with Apple and began to focus back on photography, aided by short courses with photographic professionals. Since then, he has covered various events for Apple, and a chance meeting with director Alex Suffit brought him the opportunity to photograph the video "Out of Control" by Anita Maj.
This encounter led onto assignments with Caffy St Luce of Rocklands and Heather Minx Ferguson of Minx Media TV, which looks after many exceptionally talented up-and-coming musicians. This led him to be asked to cover "This Feeling" where his photo of Shaun Ryder [formerly of the Happy Mondays] and Brother was published in the Sun newspaper. Rupert has photographed acts such as Mark Morris of The Bluetones, Jon Fratelli, of The Fratellis, Molly McQueen and The View, who have performed at ThisFeeling. His photos can be viewed at ThisFeeling.co.uk.
For the past couple of years Rupert has also covered the events such as Brockley Max, Camden Crawl and Lewisham People's Day and the prestigious CMJ Event at The Hit Factory in Gibson head quarters in New York City.
Rupert has also been asked by CNN to do iReports and has been accepted and is photographing for Getty images as a contributor.
Recommendations taken from my account on Linkdin:
Caffy St Luce, Client
"I'm not surprised to see Rupert increasingly in demand at our events and also by Rocklands allies and artists. A gem with some corking shots to boot." August 15, 2011
Moira Tait, Client
"Rupert has photographed the Brockley Max festival for two years now and his work is excellent. In addition, Rupert is charming, professional and a joy to work with. I heartily recommend him." July 15, 2011
The Girls, Andrea Blood and Zoe Sinclair - www.thegirls.co.uk
"Rupert took some terrific photos during our residency (The Girls) at Selfridges in April 2010, an off-site project with The Photographers' Gallery, and we've worked with him several times since then. As well as taking great reportage photos, he's very enthusiastic, kind, and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Thanks again for everything, Rupert!" August 22, 2010
Zoe Sinclair, Artist , The Girls artist duo (Andrea Blood & Zoe Sinclair) was with another company when working with Rupert at Rupert Hitchcox Photography Limited
"I last saw Rupert when he worked as a Creative at the Apple store. I haven't been there for ages sadly - no time these days. But I have to say that he was a brilliant trainer - very patient indeed. He's a great photographer and a really nice guy to boot. He gave me just the help I needed, when I needed it - especially advising me on my presentation for an important job interview. And I got that job. Thanks Rupert!" August 17, 2010
Top qualities: Personable , Expert , Creative
Antony Robbins hired Rupert as a Photographer in 2009
"Rupert is a designer with a keen sense of what the client is looking for. His attention to detail and commitment to a project makes him a great person to have in any creative team. He is also a patient teacher, a talented photographer and a genuinely great person. It was my pleasure to work with Rupert during my time at Apple Regent Street." January 27, 2009
Paul Adams , Creative , Apple worked directly with Rupert at Apple
Simon Blazey , Senior Lecturer , Sydney Graphics College
"Rupert was as willing to learn as he was willing to teach - as willing to listen as he was willing to talk - and was able to tell me when I was right, as he was able to tell me when I was wrong. Which was often." January 27, 2010
Simon Blazey , Senior Lecturer , Sydney Graphics College managed Rupert indirectly at Sydney Graphics College
HOW DO I GET IN CONTACT?
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Photos are usually ready within a few days. Live gig photography can take longer due to the set lighting.
Pay in cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Cash on delivery of images or prior to zip file transfer.
If paying by cheque or bank transfer, images will be supplied upon receipt of payment.
The images are supplied in as Full resolution JPEGS in sRGB colour space.
For live photography you'll get around 40 pictures.
Portraits 1 of each pose or different angle shot.
For extra band shots during gig but please let me know before hand so relevant equipment is on hand at the shoot.
The images are supplied in JPEG format and will degrade in quality if you re-save them, if further editing occurs. For this reason I never give out the original RAW files this is so control over the look of the shoot can be maintained.
Rupert Hitchcox Photography owns the copyright for all pictures.
You have full user rights though, so you can use the pictures for anything and everything. No cropping or extra post-processing.
Should you require black and white shots this should be agreed before the shoot.
In certain circumstances, work can also be licensed under Creative Commons, by mutual agreement.
Upon where it will be part of an existing artwork or project mutual acknowledgement will be given, in all instances of work being used by both parties.
The reason is that the time has already been spent - on the pictures, processing them, keyword tags and putting them on the server or burnt them to CD.