'The Fallen' by Chris Close commemorates the men who fell at The Somme in northern France in the Great War. This is an edition of 25 and like each of the men who fell, each piece is unique, The work is altered after each print and is produced with torn edges to symbolise lives torn apart, cut down in their prime. £100 from every print will be donated to the The British Legion Poppy Fund supporting the men and women who have fallen but need a helping hand to stand again.
Nadia collects photographed details; the patina on stone, rhythmic distortions on water, shadows drawn by trees. These small details help her tell the bigger story. Using several images, collected on location, these are layered in camera or at the studio. Together they convey a sense of place and time. Often the original photograph becomes undecipherable as a new more painterly and poetic interpretation is produced.
Nadia's work was chosen for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016, her limited editions sold out at the private view.
Her work features in prominent residential and public projects in UK, USA, UAE, South East Asia and Europe.
We are delighted to represent Nadia and her ethereal work.
Julian Calverley is a highly successful advertising photographer whose work is known globally. A great deal of his work was shot in Scotland.
This particular series has been compared to the photographic equivalent of a Constable painting. The tonality and texture are akin to work of the great masters. Indeed it feels as though it is midway between photography and painting.
This is a chance to own your own art work from your own master artist and you don't need to be called Medici to do so!
We are also proud to have Julian's Book iPhone only that features a great deal of this style of image making available for sale.
John Claridge is the name of one of the great photographers of recent times. There are only a few in the field who reach the accolade of simply being known by their surname. Claridge is one, Bailey, Snowden, Duffy a few others. In many ways he is the photographers photographer. Mention his name and his influence stretches far and wide. Fellow photographers will sight him as the man they looked to for inspiration. 'Creatives' and 'Art Directors' all wanted to work with him.
From the East End of London he took his charm (and cuban heels) to one of the biggest agencies in the city, McCann Erickson and landed a job in their photography department. He went on to become the go-to photographer of the advertising world scooping awards like sweets at a Pick 'n' Mix counter.
Like all greats he never lost site of why he was a photographer and his personal work resonates with an empathy and passion for the subjects he covers, his love of jazz perhaps stemming from his love of America.
For a time John had a studio above the famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, in London's Soho and it is from here that some of the most iconic images of jazz musicians were created.
His work is held in museums and private collections worldwide, including The Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art.
A selection of other work by Claridge, (particulalry those of his East End work in London and Gorbals in Glasgow) is also available. Plesae get in touch for information.
Christa Päffgen, better known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol superstar in the 1960s.
By strange coincidence for a time she used to live in Edinburgh and drank in the local pub The St Vincent just a hundred metres from Gallery Close.
Nico was discovered at 16 by the photographer Herbert Tobias while both were working at a fashion show in Berlin.
She went on to work with Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground and has influenced many musicians including Bjork and Morissey.
A brilliant musician who although American performed during his latter years almost exclusivelyin Europe. His addiction to hard drugs finally leading to his demise.
A good looking young man he was severely beaten one night by a gang of men which affected his ability to play the trumpet as his front teeth were all broken. He had dentures fitted and had to learn again to perfect his embouchure.
He became better known when Elvis Costello asked him to perfom on his song Shipbuilding.
"While I was telling him about the first time I ever heard him play was on an EP called ‘Winter Wonderland’ that I had bought when I was thirteen; he hesitated, thought and told me the line-up and then just looked towards me with all his memories. Then I took the picture."
Tommy Cooper, magician comedian, comedian magician. Bottle glass, glass bottle. A quite brilliant performer who walked on stage and drew a laugh. Sadly his last performance really was his last as he drew his last breath on stage during a television broadcast of Live at Her Majesty's.
"When he looked at me, it was very difficult not to break into laughter. We did three rolls of film and it was getting intense, quite serious. He said ‘This is serious, isn’t it?’, and I was in fits of laughter. He was courteous to me, and when I said I loved Laurel & Hardy, he started doing impressions of Oliver Hardy until I had tears running down my face, I had to stop him. I think the pictures tell the story, there’s some fun photographs and some serious photographs – I know he had demons, but I found him a very lovely man, very gracious.
War torn comic revolutionary - Spike Milligan. Other comedians reach for superlatives when referring to Milligan, often seen as the greatest. A road builder and wall destroyer his life was one of conflict and inner turmoil. He broke down many barriers by paying little attention to authority or money, paving the way for others to follow. He suffered for it. Shell shocked in the second world war his comic memoirs belied a troubled mind.
How do you capture that? The more you look at this work the more you see. At first it is a simple image of a man with a half smile but there is a sadness beneath the eyes. It is as though each part of his face tells a different story. As a jazz lover and trumpeter Spike was in a studio where many of his musical heroes had sat. A legend shot by a legend.
"Spike Milligan came to my studio. We sat around listening and talking about jazz for a couple of hours before I shot a picture. Another lovely man with a very deep sense of humour."
Burt Kwouk OBE was an actor best known for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films.
That said his list of acting credits is vast including several James Bond films.
This beautiful portrait like all great portraits, captures a wonderful humanity.
Alison Steadman OBE is an accomplished actress from Liverpool.
Cast in countless films including Shirley Valentine she also took the lead female part in Abigails party both on stage and for the television production directed by Mike Leigh.
Chris Close is the owner of Gallery Close. A commercial photographer, he has travelled globally both for business and pleasure. He opened the gallery in late 2016 having bemoaned the lack of spaces in Scotland for photographers to showcase their work.
Greenland is a landscape unlike any I have ever seen. Changing daily as the ice 'calves' and flows, it has a hypnotic attraction. Great leviathans of ice, tens of thousands of years old, commanding respect as they break free of the land. Immense islands in time fragmenting into a sea of ice sculptures surreptitiously disguising their immense bulk, like giant creatures popping their eyes above the surface. Freed from their icy enclosure where they had remained from a time when the population of the world was only a few million they eventually float off towards the Atlantic passing Canada's Eastern most coast and down an area known as iceberg alley."
"I am drawn to wide open spaces. They allow me and hopefully the viewer to let their own imagination fill in stories and in many ways lose themselves in the work. It's a type of therapy without a prescription!
Aerial view of glacier
Doug Corrance has been shooting Scotland for over five decades and in this period his work has taken on both cultural and historical significance featuring as it often does, a world that has long gone.
Originally from Inverness, Doug Corrance went from working as a teenager in newspapers to working for the Scottish Tourist Board, as was.
Compared to many of today's overly retouched and sanitised images, Doug is a purist, preferring a similar approach used by the likes of National Geographic, using very little or no post production allowing the reality of the world to be revealed. He has and continues to capture a refreshingly naturalistic (and against a current trend) often upbeat view of Scotland.
This award winning image won first prize in a competition to portray Britain. Although taken at a different time to Wee Janie above and in a different city it can sit together perfectly as two images of childhood. It was actually shot around the corner from the photographer's flat and is symptomatic of his approach never to leave home without a camera, because you never know what you may see.
The photograph truly captures, as Cartier Bresson would call it, the decisive moment. The girls caught jumping, their feet perfectly captured above the rope. The red rope reflected in the girls' red dress, post box and school sign. The expression on their faces with hair flailing, the multi racial element of two friends having fun and the fact that they are playing in the street all complete the work.
One of the most perfect images of childhood ever taken that can take its place amongst the classics.
This iconic image of the fiery haired Glasgow lass amidst the red sandstone tenements must be considered a modern classic. Gallery-Close is delighted to be able to offer this image as an open edition archival Giclée print, signed by the photographer.
Jimmy Page at Boleskine House
by Loch Ness, Scotland
Jimmy Page, lead guitarist with Led Zepplin at Boleskine House. Led Zepplin were at the height of their fame when this was taken and Jimmy Page had bought Boleskine House, a location made famous or perhaps infamous by Aleister Crowley, a man often regarded as a devil-worshipping hedonist. Crowley's reputation intrigued Jimmy (and presumably Ozzy Osborne too who wrote a Song called Mr Crowley.)
An image that is now of both cultural and historic significance.
The Old steel mill at Ravenscraig, once a feature of the landscape and now no longer. The breath of the greyhounds panting reflected in the chimneys exhaling smoke and steam into the atmosphere.
The man's head bowed almost in reverence of this once mighty steel mill about to breath it's last.
This is the Mrs Doubtfire with one of her many cats, her name made famous after it was adopted by Robin Williams in the film of the same name, She lived in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. This historic image captures one of the characters of the town from another time.
This work from a time when Sunday best meant women wearing fur coats and hats, possibly on their way to or from the 'kirk'. Although aware of the camera there is a lack of vanity such as we see now partly because of the age of the ladies and partly because this is an era when the word selfie, had it even been understood, would have been looked upon as shameless self-aggrandisement.
It is not that often that a series of images tell the story better than one but this image captures a sequence from the excitement of the young drummer at tasting his first whisky from a quaich to the reaction that says it all. All set against a very Scottish setting.
Humour is very difficult to portray in an image but these will continue to please.
Paul was born in 1951 and educated in Salford, in the northwest of England. He completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. He returned to Northumberland in 2004 where he now lives with his wife Margaret. His work is highly sought after by collectors across the globe.
Since moving back to Northumberland, the windswept beaches between Holy Island and Spittal have woven their way into his work. He has travelled to work in Japan, France and Ireland but the main focus in developing his unique vision were the remote beaches of Wester Ross in north-west Scotland and the Western fringes of the outlying Islands.
In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and now spends time annually at their facility in North West Mayo, Eire. Then in 2010 he took a conscious ‘year out’ from the seashore focusing his attention on his garden and the hedgerows around his home. The results were the hugely successful solo show, O Hanami, (taken from the Japanese custom to enjoy the transient beauty of flowers) which was held London in 2012.
Paul uses a camera-less technique to produce highly detailed images which often defy scale, sometimes looking like immense celestial bodies they can in reality be very small and delicate, suggesting an intrinsic link between the microscopic world and the universe as a whole.
As well as having a series of solo and joint exhibitions he has work in major public and private collections including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the National Photography Collection, Bradford and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Gallery Close is thrilled to represent Paul particularly given many of his works ‘close’ ties to the Scottish landscape.
Under the Surface Pond, Birch Layers 1
Northern Lights - Colonsay
Catch a Wave Easkey
Mapping the Strandline
Along the Strandline no. 3
Lines of Communication no. 1
Sea Metal Moon
Forget - Me - Not Summer
Autumn walk 3
Autumn Walk 8
Percious Sea Stone
After the Snow - Silverleaf
Phil Lavery is the latest edition to Gallery-Close.
Phil is a visual artist living and working on the west coast of Scotland. He studied architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, gaining his B.Arch (Hons) in 1977. More recently, he was made an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).
Photography has been an important part of his life since the mid 60’s, but it was while studying architecture and shooting slide film, on his then beloved Olympus OM1, that he really gained his training.
The work shown here is from his In Praise of Shadows series, of which he says :
“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”
Junichiro Tanizaki. In Praise Of Shadows. 1933
"By their very nature, these spaces aren’t destinations, they are for passing through and yet, they are often the only place in these buildings where natural light is allowed to enter unhindered by shades or baffles. The subtle abstracts created by this slowly moving light and shadow are of course, also transient, sometimes only lasting seconds before a cloud dims the sunlight, or a shadow moves enough to break an alignment I have been waiting for."
In his book, In Praise Of Shadows, Tanizaki argued, that the simple interiors of traditional Japanese buildings, the objects within and the clothes worn, depend on shadow for their beauty.
Perhaps, this is also true of these transitional spaces and is why I find myself pushing these images of usually well lit corridors, stairs and other between spaces, ever darker and find that even the brightest, simplest image can speak to me, if there is shadow.
Phil has been widely exhibited and has work in both UK and international collections.