Manufacturing process of Wilson tennis balls for the US Open

Published on July 26, 2016


Photographer and filmmaker Benedict Redgrove was commissioned to make a film and shoot a set of images by ESPN for Wilson, to show the manufacturing process of their tennis balls for the US Open. They flew to the factory, shot the film and stills in one day then flew home. Its an amazingly complex manufacture, requiring 24 different processes to make the final ball. It was hot, loud and the people who worked there, worked fast. So much beauty in each stage. He loves the mechanics of how things are made, it fills him with great pleasure.

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Benedict Redgrove was born in 1969 near Reading, England. His career began in graphic design, a foundation that is still-evident in his image making which is renowned for its clean, graphic and sophisticated aesthetic. He has been a lifelong lover of innovation and industry, and a dedicated proponent of modernism. Redgrove’s 20+year award-winning career has been established shooting global campaigns and editorials for major automotive and aeronautical companies including BMW, Audi, Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing, BA and BAe; technology giants Hewlett Packard, IBM and GE and media brands Sky, Sony and T-Mobile. To counter balance his commercial projects, in his personal work he seeks out vast bodies of land, sky and sea. Through these endless vistas he sees both detail and beauty, focussing – often to the point of obsession – on subjects that verge on the banal. Redgrove recently staged his first solo exhibition of expressionist cloudscapes in London, and has participated in group shows in the UK and Europe. For the past few years he has been shooting an ambitious project with NASA, which is scheduled to be complete in 2018. He currently lives in London, dividing his time for work and family between LA, NYC, Paris and Rome.


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