In the year 2000, Vismedia started out life as a photography business. Over our two decades behind the camera, we’ve collected some great photographs and interesting stories. In this series, we travel back in time and take a dive into the archive.
It’s July 2003. Bad Boys II is released to cinemas. Roger Federer wins his first Wimbledon championship. And a mysterious new owner takes over Chelsea Football Club…
Vismedia photographed the day that Ken Bates sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million. We were the only agency allowed into the stadium to photograph the event that changed the world of sport.
We were commissioned by a financial PR agency with a brief to photograph a ‘financial news story’. Our job was to take a photograph and then distribute it to the press.
Scott Shillum, Vismedia CEO, reminisced about the day. “When we arrived at Stamford Bridge, our photographer was ushered in and we only managed to get about six frames taken in between two burly minders!”
Just an hour before the shoot, the Vismedia team found out that they received exclusive access into Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium to take corporate photography.
“Those images were distributed globally to the world’s media,” said Scott. “It was very exciting.”