ANDY GOTTS - ICONS
Maddox Gallery is thrilled to present ICONS, the solo exhibition by Andy Gotts, at Westbourne Grove until 19th September.
Glancing through this array of stars from stage, screen and catwalk – a seemingly comprehensive list of all the cultural icons of our time – it is hard to believe that just one person unites all of these famous faces.
Starting his career as a portrait photographer in 1990 following a serendipitous encounter with Stephen Fry, Andy Gotts MBE is revered for his ability to capture portraits that feel as intimate as they are revealing, taking simple yet powerful photographs that depict the person behind the persona.
With a technical approach that sees him attend photoshoots alone, Andy works without a barrage of assistants, forging personal relationships with his subjects and using the same basic principles of lighting that he was taught at college. Highlighting the irony that we routinely take people whose beauty is their livelihood and airbrush them beyond recognition, Andy has a fierce loyalty to realism and refrains from editing his photos in the post-production process that we are now so accustomed to. This stripped-back approach and commitment to authenticity results in one-of-a-kind photographs of the world’s most famous figures, portraying the reality of the lived-in faces that they are both comfortable with and proud of.
Born from a wish list of people whom he had yet to shoot, ICONS is a collection of portraits that bring together the many famous faces and personal icons that have played a part in Andy’s career to date. Now celebrating 30 years within the industry as well as the launch of his latest book, the exhibition offers a diverse spread of icons old and new; of stars that have all come to be united by the wider and unique vision of one photographer, Andy Gotts.