Photographer Andy Gotts has ducked into his archives to share his most memorable photos as he celebrates 30 years behind the camera.
Three decades after his college career that persuaded Stephen Fry to pose for him, British talent has unveiled some of his favorite shoots and the stories behind them.
From Kylie Minogue’s energetic portrait to showing Meryl Streep in a new light, Andy has captured some of the world’s most famous faces on film.
Photographer Andy Gotts dug into his archives to share his most memorable photos while celebrating 30 years behind the camera – Rita Ora in a 2015 shoot
Gotts is best known for his black and white portraits and his work has appeared in magazines around the world, including Vogue and Vanity Fair.
The photographer shared a stunning 2015 recording of singer Rita Ora, topless in profile, explaining how fast he works.
“I don’t take assistants and will be ready in 20 minutes. They like that. It’s more personal and quickly builds rapport, ”he said of his unusual approach.
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Another favorite is his image of Kylie jumping in the air, her hair around her. Granted he’s been a fan of the soap star who became a singer since her neighbors, Andy told the BBC about the shoot:
“She always seemed fun and bubbly, and I was not disappointed. When the minute hand struck the hour, she arrived exactly on time and full of energy.
“When the shoot started, it didn’t take many photos before the fun started when she started dancing and spinning, and in the very last shot she lowered her head and tossed her hair back just like a shampoo commercial.”
Portraits: From Kylie Minogue’s high energy to showing Meryl Streep in a new light, Andy has captured some of the world’s most famous faces on film
Make me an icon: Another dramatic photo shows actor Tony Curtis painted in extreme close-up with an American flag painted on his face (2010)
Animated: Gotts is best known for his black and white portraits, including this Kate Winslet passport collection
Low key for the VIPs: I do not take assistants and I am ready within 20 minutes. They like that. It is more personal and quickly builds good rapport, “he said of his unusual approach – Julia Roberts
A beautiful 2015 portrait of Meryl Streep was surreptitiously achieved, the photographer explains, after her personal makeup artist insisted that the Oscar winner was ‘never’ shot in such strong lighting.
After convincing the makeup artist to leave the room, Gotts was alone with Meryl and said they had taken one of his favorite photos.
“To this day, I stick to my lighting choices and still smile to myself knowing how I got to them,” he said.
Iconic Moments: Gotts shot Matt Damon and Heath Ledger after working together on The Brothers Grimm
Legends: This portrait of Dame Helen Mirren shows the actress in her finery
Art: Gotts captures dramatic lighting and captures his subjects in a new way – Scarlett Johansson
Famous Faces: He worked with best friends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart
New talent: Gotts has been shooting for 30 years and has photographed Fleabag talent Phoebe Waller Bridge in recent years
Heartthrobs: Brad Pitt was shot several times by Gotts, including this portrait
Another dramatic photo shows the actor Tony Curtis painted in extreme close-up with an American flag on his face.
The star called and asked Gotts to “make me look like an icon one more time.”
The photographer calls the resulting shoot one of the highlights of his career, and the portrait was the last shot of Curtis who died a few days later.
Moments on film: Gotts shot the stars of Monty Pyton for their reunion, calling it a highlight of his career
Iconic: ‘I love this photo of them as Gumby. For me, this sums them up completely, ”he said
History: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam
The National Portrait Gallery has a selection of his photographs in their permanent collection, and in 2009 Gotts was honored with the Fox Talbot Award for excellence in photography.
In 2012, Gotts was named an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honors List.
Gotts’ work can be seen at www.andygotts.com and on Instagram at @DrGotts
Fun: Morgan Freeman was photographed in London while filming Batman Begins
Playful: Gotts has worked with the biggest names on the screen, including this fun photo of George Clooney
Campaign: He shot some stars for Dame Vivienne Westwood’s SAVE THE ARCTIC
In-house doctor: Peter Capaldi for the SAVE THE ARCTIC campaign
Star power: Gotts shot Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for restarting Star Wars
Legends lost: He photographed Robin Williams and remembered ‘he told anecdotes, made impressions … the man was never’ out ‘
Signature Style: Gotts shot a number of stars in passport photos, including Samuel L Jackson
Hollywood: The National Portrait Gallery has a selection of his photos in their permanent collection – Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
Character: ‘It was quite easy with Clint. Whenever I hear his name, I imagine the narrowing of the eyes, ‘Gotts said of this portrait of Clint Eastwood
Stage and Fencing Stars: Anthony Hopkins shot by Gotts in 2005
Capturing their personalities: Sir Elton John in a photo in support of the star’s AIDS Foundation
Acting Favorites: Christopher Lee photographed in 2015
Hollywood on Camera: Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman