“Authenticity” may not be the first word to come to mind when thinking of Los Angeles. However, Robert Gallagher’s focus is just that, and no matter what his subject is, his aim is to evoke the truest essence of that subject and capture it as it is — real, raw, and deliberate. Gallagher does fantastic celebrity/portrait work, shooting folks like Clint Eastwood, Don Cheadle, Harrison Ford, and Frank Gehry, but some of his sweetest gems have included shots of youth and amateur sports, MMA, and beachside body-building. No matter the activity he’s capturing, the texture and feeling that ripple through each image remain the same — unflinchingly genuine, laid bare and honest, and electric.
Freelancing is a roller coaster ride and for me personally, seeing how my fellow professionals deal with the same daily challenges, was enlightening. I hope the students got as much out of it as I did!
We were really just the warm up act for an amazing presentation by Thomas Werner on the business of Fine Art Photography. It’s the second time I’ve got to experience one of Thomas’s in-depth presentations, and all I can say is, if you ever get the chance, jump at it. So much valuable information. What I love most about his lectures is it really feels like you’re back in school, listening to your favorite lecturer tell it like it is! Thanks again Anthony for putting on a great event.
Very excited and proud to be a part of the inaugural NeueJournal, an art-book project published by NeueHouse. A beautiful piece featuring some amazing artists including Brigitte Lacombe, Richard Burbridge, The Edge, Frances McDormand, oh, and me! I collaborated with Taylor Steele, a legend in surf-filmmaking circles, on the story ‘Surfing in Iran’.
I was interviewed recently by PDN about my work, my process and my Clickbooq website (seriously, the best websites in the business, for photographers, in my view). Here’s an excerpt and you can read the full thing here.
“Robert Gallagher’s photography career is dynamic: One day he’s shooting a travel feature in Bora Bora for The Guardian; another day it’s the cofounder and CEO of the dating app, Tinder, for the cover of Forbes. When we connect over the phone, he’s brimming with excitement over a shoot in Los Angeles with singer, songwriter and musician John Lydon, who is best known by his former stage name as the Sex Pistols’ front man, Johnny Rotten. The shoot was a treat for the photographer, who having grown up in England in the 1970s, notes that it was “Margaret Thatcher vs. the Sex Pistols” in the spectrum of cultural iconography. He had the opportunity to get to know the family-man side of the infamous English punk rock singer when he gave him a ride home from the shoot. “That’s why I love my job,” he says. “You never know who you’re going to meet from one day to the next—I love those little vignettes of life.” But what really struck him about Lydon was that he showed up to the set with only a simple plastic bag full of his belongings. “He still a little bit anti-establishment,” Gallagher laughs.”…….
John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, photographed at the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California, April 17 2015.
Ok, so this is cool, I just found a little film of the Imagination Masterclass 2011 which I was fortunate enough to be asked to take part in, all the way over in Maastricht, Holland. Thanks to Roy Wanders and all the team. what a great event. The gallagherphoto show begins at 3:03 on the timeline:)
Here’s a fun little behind the scenes video of a personal project i shot a little while ago. With much thanks to Devin Trafford for the iPhone camera-work, and Joe Ashby for almost but not quite pulling a hamstring!
Photo Professional magazine did a very nice six- page story about me and my work in their latest issue (issue 82 out now). Thanks Terry for taking the time and interest, you make it all sound so cool and interesting!