Preview: Steve Best’s Stand-Up Photography Book, Comedians

Talented comedian and photographer Steve Best is known for taking great stand-up photos, both onstage and backstage.

As Harry Hill explains, “The thing is, nobody takes pictures of actors like Steve. Why ? Because he knows us, because he is one of us. just Steve, and he’s got his camera with him again, we stop trying to impress or be funny – no small feat for a comedian – and CLICK! he has us.”

Now, Best is about to publish his favorite images in a high-end book.

Simply titled comediansThe 240-page hardcover publication, printed on 170gsm silk paper, is available for pre-order now.

As the text of the book’s presentation explains:comedians gives us an exclusive and eye-opening look behind the curtain on the British comedy scene. Steve Best’s years on the comedy circuit have not only taken him to every corner of the planet, but helped him earn the trust of some of the funniest people – and with that an open door to every corner. from their changing rooms. .

“Being in the exact right place is only one thing, though. Being there at the right time is quite another matter; let alone when that can be measured by the camera shutter’s fractional seconds. We are very lucky, therefore, Best’s mastery of photographic timing is flawless because with her we get such a complete picture.

“The look exchanged between Julian Clary and bandmate Paul Thorne, at the Ealing Comedy Festival, was as fleeting as it could be, but its depth does not escape Best’s eye. There is such camaraderie and affection between the two comedians. There is admiration. Wishes and gratitude, and we feel the shared adrenaline rush.

Picture shows left to right: Paul Thorne, Julian Clary. Copyright : Steve Best

“We know it’s Joe Rowntree who must be about to go on as we can barely breathe for him while Michael Fabbri must just have triumphed as Best captures his immortal smile for eternity.

Picture shows left to right: Joe Rowntree, Michael Fabbri. Copyright : Steve Best

“In Best’s image of Barry Cryer, we have a whole career in the mirror, and we can’t tell if the call is about to happen or if it’s been gone as long as the nerves that accompanied him.

Barry Cryer. Copyright : Steve Best

“And who knew that Jack Whitehall could ever take anything seriously enough to show his nerves, or to feel the need to actually plan any of his material for that matter? But of course he does, and well sure he has to – as Best reveals so perfectly to us.

Jack Whitehall. Copyright : Steve Best

“And so it is with Harry Hill. It’s all there in the moments of stillness that Best portrays – the meticulous, hard-working people behind the comedic characters we know and love.”

Harry Hill. Copyright : Steve Best

Speaking to British Comedy Guide, Steve says: “This project has been so close to my heart for so many years and I now have everything in place to produce a stunning, high-end photographic masterpiece. I really have the best design and fine art printers. on board. The book will be absolutely fabulous.

Jo Caulfield. Copyright : Steve Best

Shaparak Khorsandi. Copyright : Steve Best

Picture shows from left to right: Omid Djalili, Jack Dee. Copyright : Steve Best

Lee Mac. Copyright : Steve Best

Best has kindly allowed us to share a few of his snaps on this page, but there are plenty more exclusive images featured in the book, so head over to and pre-order your copy of comedians now.

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