Neil Gaiman, 2013
NEIL GAIMAN, cult author and sometimes singer. Shot in Hobart at the Bushfire Benefit organised by the Museum of Old and New Art’s musical curator Brian Ritchie, who persuaded many of the musicians who had appeared at MONA’s Festival of Music and Art in early 2013. Gaiman is something of a literary prodigy, having learnt to read at the age of just four. He is married to the amazing Amanda Palmer, of the Dresden Dolls, who was also on the Bushfire Benefit bill. I confess that before I shot him performing, I had no real idea of who Gaiman was, except he was a cult author and highly successful in a number of fields. Wikipedia lists him as an author, comic book creator, screenwriter and voice actor. Performance portraits are, for me, an attempt to allow a total stranger to reveal something of themselves to the camera. Like stalking or sniping — the moment of vulnerability laid bare — by consent, because they have stepped onto the stage to present their art.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.