Another poster shoot that satisfied my love for drama and strong design. My first for the National Theatre and what a wonderful commission to get. It doesn't get much better than Othello, directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. Much respect to Matthew Mifsud for his vision and art direction.
Here's the result of my second collaboration with the lovely Derren Brown and retoucher par excellence Marc Hagan-Guirey. Make up deftly applied by Jenny Kewley. Shot in my studio which, I hasten to add, is not quite as distressed as the shot suggests.
Meeting and photographing Billy Connolly was beyond bliss. His brand of funny has made me laugh out loud for as long as I can remember. Little did the great man know that I had a score to settle. Back in the heady days of Celtic folk in the backstreets of Glasgow Billy picked a fight with my Godfather, the songwriter, singer and novelist Dominic Behan. No doubt drink was taken and by all accounts Billy stumbled off the victor. The fight was broken up by the legendary Dubliners lead singer Ronnie Drew. Billy assures me that he returned the next day to apologise and that the three men remained great friends from then on. Many thanks to Martin at Reader's Digest for helping with the reconciliation.