A series of candid film photos shot with then-21-year-old singer Amy Winehouse have been released by the photographer who took them in 2004.
Amy Winehouse was just 21 when British photographer Diane Patrice was commissioned to shoot a bunch of portraits with the rising star. Back then, Winehouse had begun making a name for herself, but the global success that would follow her 2006 album “Back to Black” was still a number of years away.
Patrice arrived at Winehouse's place armed with a vintage 1973 Hasselblad, a 35mm Nikon, and a softbox light. She recalls one of the star's entourage escorting her into the home, which she recalls as being a “bit like a student flat or a squat.” There was a huge hole in the ceiling.
Her voice, her face, and her features didn’t match. She sounded like a 20-stone checkout girl; she sounded huge. It was a lived-in voice. The whole package was very endearing... a contradiction in herself.
The pair began shooting the first set of images at the house. Winehouse was said to choose all of the shoot locations and styling herself.
The pair later headed to a local pool hall — one of the singer's favorites that she also used for a music video shoot. A further location was a vintage store, where Patrice recollects continuing to take stills even when Winehouse answered her phone mid-shoot. See some of the candid snaps below.
Reflecting on her set of images, Patrice says: “A lot of her later pictures were quite vacant, turning her into a caricature... she was really engaging with the camera in these ones.”
Patrice’s images are available for limited edition prints through Whitebank Fine Art. The Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala will auction two works donated by Whitebank to help support and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. You can see more of Patrice’s work on her website.
Images copyright and used with permission of Diane Patrice.