We are a culture enamoured by the rich and famous. Give anyone a platform and we're ready to listen. Even knowing that they're just as human as we are and take the same dumps as we do, we continue to revere celebrities as a different breed.
So it's nice then, that celebrity photographer Andy Gotts has released this book showing famous faces in their rare, unedited glory. The amazing selection of profiles include the likes Sir Ian McKellen, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, George Clooney and so many more to namedrop. The star-studded images are one thing, but their candid context is what makes them special.
The incredible depth of archive focuses on never before seen contact sheets, which pulls back the curtain on the process, as well as personal testimonials from the subjects themselves, revealing the craft and raw moments behind the camera. Gott's signature dramatic black and white style turns shadow and light into artworks, while his colour portraits capture their ineffable humanity. A 30-year career that was launched from a 90-second shoot with Stephen Fry in 1989, this definitive book spans a man's honed work and its bold stories.
Andy Gotts: The Photograph is available on Amazon.
All images by ACC Art Books.