In 1990, Andy Gotts, then a young photography student at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, approached Stephen Fry at an event and asked him for a portrait. This brief encounter led to an even shorter photo session (90 seconds), during which Andy realized he had found his photographic approach: “I don’t remember what I said to provoke the expressions and reactions in those 10 images, but that was it…. BOOM!…my eureka moment. It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I knew celebrity portraiture was the way to go for me.”
Andy’s unique portrait style – shot quickly and often face-to-face – is admired for capturing the charisma of celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Kirk Douglas. Andy’s conversational, fast-paced approach led Paul Newman to nickname him ‘One Shot Gotts’. The photographs Andy Gotts takes are lifelike and avoid the seductive technical trappings of airbrushing and heavy styling. Andy Gotts was awarded an MBE in 2012 for his contribution to photography.
Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, ISBN9781785513718, hardcover, 240 pages, 215 color photos in book.