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Interview: Celebrity & Fashion Photographer Mark Liddell

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"Exposed: 10 Years in Hollywood" by Mark Liddell
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Mark Liddell is the photographer of choice when an actor or celebrity needs to create an iconic image of themselves. From supermodels like Naomi Campbell to rockers like Avril Lavigne to socialites like Paris Hilton, among their most compelling photos were shot by Liddell. Many photographs of these celebrities were done in the name of advancing charity work and now Liddell has released his first book of photographs, Exposed: 10 Years in Hollywood, to benefit The Trevor Project (suicide prevention for teens), which he chose in memory of his best friend’s suicide, and The Jenesse Center for the prevention of domestic violence. The book is available at Channel Photographics and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.We had the chance to talk to Mark Liddell by phone just after the book launch in Hollywood, hosted by frequent subject Jessica Alba last week, and we shot footage of his New York launch party last night (see video at end of post), which was hosted by Halle Berry. Go to the end of the post for the audio of the interview as well as the video of the party.

LAist: You had your book launch for Exposed: 10 Years In Hollywood last week in LA. We heard you also showed a film at the launch, what was that about?

Mark Liddell: The film is basically the book coming to life, helping the causes that the book is [raising money for]: domestic abuse and suicide prevention. It's a very gut-wrenching film. It's a short film of about seven minutes.

LAist: Can we ask how you got started?

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Mark Liddell: I used to be a fashion photographer in Europe. I used to do campaigns with Gianni Versace, I actually shot the last campaign before he was murdered, the one with Naomi Campbell. I used to shoot campaigns with Fendi, a lot of work with supermodels back then. And then the Princess of Wales was unfortunately killed in a car accident and I was asked to do a series of pictures of some of the most beautiful women in the world to help start off the memorial fund. I used to go down to Kensington Palace and work on a list of people she admired and this was the first time I shot celebrities so Janet Jackson was the first celebrity I ever shot and it's been great, that was twelve years ago and I've been in LA for ten years now. That led to me shooting celebrities and working with Nicole Kidman who told me to come to LA, "come on, we need a corps photographer!"