When I messages Darryn on twitter, it didn’t expect to (a) get a reply or (b) get “of course mate”. I sent of the q’s to his email and a few days later in they came. I first heard of Darryn on a show called the Dragons Den, here in Australia. A few years ago he popped back onto Australian TV screens when he was promoting his autobiography (Mr Paparazzi). Back then I wasn’t that interested in photography but the few stories he mentioned saw me heading out to pick up the book. If you haven’t read it you should, it paints a different light on the life of one of the most famous Paparazzo. Funnily enough the below pic is how he usually looks, pink hair and all! Have a read.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Originally from Geelong, I’m now based in London where I’m the founder and chairman of the biggest celebrity photo agency in the world.
What made you get into photography?
My interest was piqued at school when we had to build pinhole cameras and then go home, take one picture and return to school to develop it. I was captivated by the process and from then on absorbed every aspect of photography thrown at me, from the chemical composition of photographs through to the darkroom process.
How did you get started?
My passion for photography was ignited by Mal Donnelly, my art and photography teacher at East Tech Secondary, and after school I did work experience at the Geelong Advertiser. I moved to London aged 22, where I worked for the Daily Mail, and then founded PapPix and this evolved into Big Pictures.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
At the moment mainly photographs of celebrities, however in the past I’ve covered everything including topical news items, wildlife, war coverage, the Royal family and musicians.
What gear are you using?
What’s your favourite lens and why?
Fab lens 200mm
How are you marketing yourself?
What’s your favourite photo you have taken?
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Get an agent like Big Pictures!