Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Season 3

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Season 3) by Robert Viglasky


Louise Brealey, Sherlock S3

Louise Brealey (Sherlock S3) by Robert Viglasky


Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock S3 by Robert Viglasky

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock S3) by Robert Viglasky


Robert Viglasky, Movie Stills Photographer

Robert Viglasky is a Slovakian-born photographer who specializes in movie stills photography, which basically sounds like the coolest job in the world. I found him through the above photos from BBC Sherlock Season 3. According to his bio on his webpage, he also:

… works in street and documentary photography, areas that have influenced his photographic style.

A movie still photographer, or what is sometimes known as a unit still photographer, is basically someone that is on set to record with still photography scenes being shot for the use of both continuity in costuming, makeup and wardrobe and sets for the direction and production, but also for advertising and promoting the film or television show. The photographer has to somehow encapsulate the action and distill it into a few frames. They have a unique job in that they are a vital part of the day-to-day workings of the set, but also are highly creative in the way they have to decide how to best “promote” or “advertise” what is going on.

Robert Viglasky appears to do a lot of work in the UK with UK-based productions, such as BBC Sherlock, Luther, Peaky Blinders, and The Hollow Crown.

His style is very clean – the emphasis is not so much on “how” the photo is shot, but what is being shown. It seems like it would be quite a difficult job, and one that would have strong limitations to work within by studios, agents, crew, etc.

If you want to see more of Robert Viglasky’s work – both his movie still work and his more personal street, documentary and portrait photography, his website is here

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