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David Gothard MBE

28 September, 2023

Crafting a portrait of David Gothard in the heart of London was an exciting endeavour, as it aimed to encapsulate the multifaceted essence of an individual whose career has left an indelible mark across numerous artistic landscapes.

With a career spanning theatre, film, and arts management, David Gothard's journey through the cultural mecca of London provided a rich tapestry for this portrait. The city, which had witnessed his groundbreaking work, served as the backdrop, an unspoken acknowledgment of the theatres and venues he has graced with his creativity.

As a photographer, my goal was not merely to capture his face but to reflect the essence of his contributions to the arts. The photos, illuminated by some strobe and a little window light, revealed the myriad stories hidden in the contours of his visage.

Each line and curve told a tale of his tenure at the Royal Court Theatre, where he championed playwrights like Harold Pinter and Caryl Churchill, revolutionizing the theatrical landscape. The portrait whispered of his co-founding of the Joint Stock Theatre Company, an avant-garde incubator of innovative performances. It echoed his impact on venues like the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, which had undergone a renaissance under his stewardship.

This portrait session wasn't just a shoot it was also a nod to a man whose artistic footprint has traversed London's creative terrain, influencing the very soul of the city's cultural identity.

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