Chris Garnham: Photographer 1958-1989

8 November 1990 - 20 January 1991

Press Notice

Chris Garnham Photographer 1958-1989 is a retrospective tribute to the young and talented portrait photographer whose life and career were abruptly ended last year in the Marchioness riverboat accident.

The exhibition covers his career after leaving the Royal College in 1982 where he trained as an illustrator, through the 1980s when he was working for, among others, youth and trend-setting magazines such as The Face and Blitz. The latter voted him Photographer of the Year in 1984. On show will be some seventy photographs, mainly in black and white, including a number of his record covers and pages from The Face for which many will particularly remember him. His portraits are mainly of people in the art, music, fashion and literary world and include Gilbert and George, Paula Rego, Elvis Costello, Paul Simonon, Michael Clark, Theresa Russell, Kathy Acker and Nick Coleman. His training as an illustrator had already given his work a distinctive and imaginative style of his own, which at time of his death was beginning to adapt to fashion photography.

Chris had previously shown work at the National Portrait Gallery in the group show ‘Twenty for Today’ in 1986, alongside other top young photographers working in the world of portraiture, such as David Buckland, David Hiscock and Alastair Thain.

The exhibition has been selected by Robin Gibson, Curator of the 20th century collection, and Sue Odell on behalf of the Friends of Chris Garnham. The Friends are raising money for a trust fund to establish an annual prize of £1,000 at the Royal College of Art. The Chris Garnham Prize will be awarded to a promising photography illustration student.

Handlist

1. Kathy Acker, 1983
Writer
Commissioned for Blitz
x38101

2. Paul Bailey

Writer
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x45142

3. Stefan Bednarczyk,
1984
Alternative comedian

4. Black Angel, 1984
x126842

5. Gill Bradley & Denise Thorn,
October 1987
Film directors
Commissioned for Creative Review
x38102

6. Neville Brody,
1983
Graphic designer
Commissioned for Blitz
x38103

7. Anita Brookner,
September 1984
Novelist and art historian
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x25218

8. Robert Butler-Sloss and Anthony Radford,
September 1984
Writer/theatrical director and actor/producer
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38373

9. Campbell and Hart,
December 1986
Commercial jingle writers
Commissioned for Campaign
x38104

10. Michael Clark,
1984
Dancer
x26055

11. Nick Coleman

Fashion designer
x38105

12. Elvis Costello and his wife, Cait O’Riordan,
June 1986
Musician
Commissioned for Vanity Fair
x38106

13. Robin Derrick,
(undated)
Graphic designer
x38107

14. Duggie Fields,
1984
Artist
x38108

15. Fifties style shell-bodice dress
, April 1989
Commissioned for The Independent
x126844

16. Fifties style spikey-ruff dress
by Thierry Mugler, April 1989
Commissioned for The Independent
x126843

17. Roddy Frame
, (undated)
Musician, Aztec Camera
x38109

18. Richard Gilbert
, November 1988
Artist
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38380

19. Gilbert & George
, 1986
Artists
P853

20. Gilbert and George
at home, July 1987
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38383

21. Iain Glenn
, 1989
Actor
Commissioned for Sky magazine
x38110

22. Green Girl and Red Girl
, (undated)
Two toned prints
x126845
and x126846

23. Ian Hislop
, September 1984
Editor of Private Eye
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x25219

24. David Hughes
, September 1985
Writer
Commissioned for Harpers and Queen
x38381

25. Rod Judkins
at Kensington Town Hall, autumn 1983
Artist
x38111

26. Lester Lanin
, April 1984
Conductor
Commissioned for Manhattan Inc. Magazine
x38112

27. Mike Leigh

Writer and director
Commissioned for Premiere magazine (colour)
x38113

28. Lene
, 1987
x38114

29. Emily Lloyd
, (undated)
Actress
Commissioned for German Vogue
x38115

30. The Lotus Eaters
, c.1984
Project for record sleeve (colour)

31. Doug Lucie, February 1986
Playwright
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38382

32. Mary Mabbutt
, February 1985
Artist
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38374

33. Daniel Mafe
, February 1988
Painter
Commissioned for Art News (colour)
x38116

34. ‘Mimi’ Izumi Kobayashi
, 1989
Singer
Commissioned for Megadisc Records
x38117

35. Brian Moore
, September 1987
Writer
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38375

36. Rosemary Moore Collection – Girl with shoe,
1988
Commissioned for The Rosemary Moore Catalogue
x88854

37. Rosemary Moore Collection – Girl on a ball
, 1988
Commissioned for The Rosemary Moore Catalogue
x88855

38. Mark Morris
, January 1986
Choreographer/dancer
Commissioned for Vanity Fair
x38118

39. ‘The Niche Man Cometh’

Five fashion-accessory photographs, August 1988

40. Dick O’Dell, 1984
Record producer
Reproduced in Blitz ‘Portfolio,’ October 1984 (colour)
x38119

41. Pavement
, (undated)
x126847

42. Jessica Rees
, September 1984
Writer
Commissioned for Harpers and Queen
x45143

43. Paula Rego
, February 1988
Painter
Commissioned for Art News (colour)
x38120

44. Theresa Russell
, March 1987
Actress
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38379

45. Peter Saville
, 1983
Graphic designer
Commissioned for Blitz
x38121

46. Robert Saxton
, March 1988
Composer
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38376

47. Scarlett
, c.1984
Model/Artist
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen

48. Scarlett, 1984
Model/Artist (colour)
x38122

49. Self-portrait
, c.1983-4
x38123

50. Pete Shelley
, December 1985
Musician
x38124

51. Paul Simonon
, 1989
Musician, ex The Clash, now Havana 3am
Commissioned for Sky magazine
x38125

52. Sly and Robbie
, (Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare), 1985
Musicians

53. Sorrell and Billing, December 1986
Commercial jingle writers
Commissioned for Campaign
x38126

54. Dolores Springer
, April 1989
Singer with Deluxe
Commissioned for The Face
x38127

55. Malcolm Temple
, January/February 1989
Artist
Commissioned for American House & Garden
x38128

56. Cleveland Watkiss
, February 1989
Singer
Commissioned for The Face (colour)
x38129

57. Jon Wealleans
, October 1987
Designer
Commissioned for Design Week
x38130

58. Franz Welser-Most
, June 1988
Conductor
Commissioned for EMI Classics (colour)
x38131

60. Kevin Whitney
, 1984
Painter of the Los Angeles Olympics
x38132

61. Francis Wyndham
, May 1985
Writer
Commissioned for Harpers & Queen
x38378

Record Sleeves:

62. Holger Hiller
Oben im Eck
Mute Records, 1986

63. Howard Jones
One to One
Phonogram Records, 1986

64. Love and Money
Candybar Express
Phonogram Records, 1986

65. Love and Money
Dear John
Phonogram Records, 1986

66. The Pasadenas
To whom it may concern
CBS Records, 1988

67. Sly and Robbie
Language Barrier
Island Records, 1985

68. Melvyn Tan and Roger Norrington
EMI Classics, 1988

Tear sheets from The Face:

69. Blacksmith
April 1989

70. State of Mind
April 1989

71. True Funk Posse
April 1989

72. Cleveland Watkiss
February 1989

Tour

The exhibition was subsequently shown at Ipswich Museum (23 March – 18 May 1991), Essex County Council, Chelmsford (July – September 1991) and Maidstone Library Gallery (January – March 1992).