Ki Price talks about his work with celebrities, London Fashion Week and how he met the famous fashion designer.
“She was an incredible artist, she’d bust my balls all the way through the shoot,” says Ki Price about the time he photographed singer Patti Smith. He only had 37 seconds to take her photo, and yet she is one of his favourite celebrities to have ever of photographed.
Specialising in celebrity portraits and fashion, Price has photographed many famous faces including the one and only Vivienne Westwood.
Today, Price and I are in an artsy café filled with high chairs and vibrant décor, and despite all the colour, it’s him that stands out. He opens up about what it is like to have a career in the photography industry and what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.
Price’s wearing a tall, black A Child Of The Jago hat (a signature piece for Price) with an olive, check Daks suit (which is tailored of course) and Vivienne Westwood shirt (expected), finished with some eye-catching The Great Frog skull necklaces and Underground creepers. I’m very much surprised he isn’t the one getting photographed.
Price takes a lot of photos for media outlets. He had just finished shooting at Studio Lagree, a Pilates studio in London, for the beauty section of the Daily Mail.
As well as this, he co-founded Emulsion London, a disruptive visual content agency, with his wife Emma Fulton. As said on their website, Emulsion London provide professional portrait, celebrity, entertainment and advertising photography for editorial and advertising clients worldwide.
One celebrity in particular Price specialises in is Westwood, who even has her own page filled with portraits on the Emulsion London website. “Vivienne is fantastic to shoot, she doesn’t forget a name,” he says.
He enjoys working with the fashion designer as he believes in what he is shooting. He says: “She’s the queen of punk. It kind of floats every kind of boat for me.”
He was invited to accompany Westwood and her son Joe Corré on the Talk Fracking tour in 2014, a tour that debated the usage of fracking across the country. Ever since, Price has continued to be one of her main photographers.
Price recently photographed Westwood whilst he worked on London Fashion Week. Westwood had put on an anti-fracking pop-up catwalk outside fracking company INEOS’ head office (which you can read about here). This year he describes how much things have changed in the industry, such as the introduction of more ethical fashion, which he’s all for. He then shows me some pictures he took of his favourite shows, including Ashish, which he loved for his use of colour and parachutes.
I ask what the key is to taking a perfect photograph. He says: “I’ve always underestimated it because it’s always been natural for me so I’ve always kind of gone ‘oh this is great’. I always joke with people when I say ‘this beats working for a living’.”
But then Price goes into the specifics about how much effort actually goes into taking a photograph, such as the right kit and assistance. “To take one nice picture I think is not so hard but to be consistently taking nice pictures is a different thing, under all environments.” It takes years of experience, which he definitely has as there are photographs of Price using a camera at just two years old!
Next goal for Price now? He jokingly says: “World domination.” In the meantime, he has Cannes Film Festival as well as opportunities with Sony to look forward to.