For ArtWeeks, I have delved into my archive and chosen a selection of portraits from the 1980s and 1990s, a number of which have never been seen publicly before.
Some of the subjects were already household names, others were at the beginning of their careers and went on to greater things. Hence the theme of much of the exhibition is: ‘When They Were Younger’.
Among the sitters are: a heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a winner of 9 Olympic Gold medals, the winners of 9 Academy Awards and one Nobel Prize for Literature.
My approach was to let my subjects speak for themselves rather than be manipulated into a contrived vision of them. I hope the portraits say more about the subject than the photographer.
Read all about it in this feature article in the OX Magazine May 2021
I have been taking photographs from early childhood, receiving my first camera for my 7th birthday (a Kodak Brownie 127 which I still have!).
My professional career began as a studio assistant in 1974 and I went on to assist some of the country’s top photographers as a freelance assistant culminating in a long association with legendary photographer Terry O’Neill.
My own career, combining portraiture and fashion, took off in London in the early 1980s. I worked mostly for magazines appearing in publications all around the world but also in film, television, publishing and the music industry. A number of my portraits are held in the National Portrait Gallery photography collection where I was exhibited in 1986.
In 1996, my health failed and, although I continued to take photographs, my high-stress career in the media world came to a juddering halt.