When I started getting commissions in 1990, photographers weren’t the isolated, digital hermits we are today.
I had a whole legion of collaborators. There were numerous assistants who later became friends, the staff at Metro who processed my film, Tara Bonakdar at my agency IPG who helped edit my shoots and printers like Chris Cook, David Robinson and the late, great Jeremy Ramsden.
It was only when I had to scan and visually interpret my negatives and later raw files in Photoshop that I began to miss this close social interaction.
As a way of celebrating this time and community, I’ve decided to give some of the many prints we produced away.
The first print is 16×12 inches and is of Sir Terry Pratchett who I photographed in 2001.
We will pick a new print and winner once a month. Good luck.
1999. Whist visiting magazines in NY I got a call from the Observer:
“Do you want to photograph Robin Williams tomorrow? We have half an hour at the Dorchester..?”
I cut my trip short and touched down in London on the morning of the shoot.
Arriving at the hotel with the writer William Leith, we were informed by his people:
“No. You have half an hour for the interview & 5 minutes for pictures… if we have time”
Here are a selection of portraits from that frenzied session.
The last image taken on my Leica, was with his minder/publicist who threatened to throw me out of the window if I didn’t finish the shoot…