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Channel 4’s Derry Girls

Retouch Project

Quirky retouch project for Channel 4’s Derry Girls

Objective: Retouch a set of images to promote Channel 4’s new sit-com Derry Girls, giving them a cross-processed 90s feel to tie in with the period of ‘The Troubles’ in which the show is set. 

Our Approach: Our retouch artist Vahakn Vorperian had previously worked with photographer Adam Lawrence back in the days of film photography – so they were both familiar with the cross-process technique and keen to give this project a similar vibe. Vahakn pushed the images to really give them a depth and colour, creating believable snapshots into life in Ireland in the 1990s.

It was important for me to do some research into what the Derry Wall and Corner looked like - the murals are very significant and of their time, and it was vital to get them exactly right.
Vahakn Vorperian, Retouch Artist

Each image is made up of multiple components and the characters themselves were shot separately from their environments to allow for flexibility in positioning. Vahakn artfully composited these various elements together to produce the final integrated images.

There was also some research involved, delving into what Derry looked like during the 90s – particularly the Derry Corner and Wall – so that we could stay true to the context and make the images look as authentic as possible.


Results:  A quirky set of images with a clear 90s vibe, capturing the feel of Derry during ‘The Troubles’ and the light-hearted nature of the show.

Derry Girls starts on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday 4th January 2018.

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Account Manager: Jerome Botbol

Producer: Richard Wood

Photographer: Adam Lawrence

Retouch Artist: Vahakn Vorperian


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