Portrait Commission: Frank Gardner for the Sunday Times Magazine

This commission for the Sunday Times magazine involved visiting and photographer their security correspondent, Frank Gardner. I remember the news reports 20 years ago when Frank and cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were attacked in the street whilst working in Riyad, Saudi Arabia. Simon was tragically killed by the gunmen however despite being shot six times, Frank Gardner miraculously survived, albeit confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

It’s always interesting on these types of shoot juggling the time you spend talking with the subject vs trying to squeeze multi setups into¬† a shoot, especially when you are working on their turf and disrupting their daily environment. Frank was hugely amenable in this regard allowing us to move furniture, to discover numerous champagne corks left over from a party, and sending his very timid cat into hiding. We shot environmental portraits in his apartment and then did some quick shots on a backdrop along with some still-lifes. It’s always hard to know what will be used but it’s generally a safe bet that a strong landscape will potentially run as a DPS (double page spread) so getting something with space for a headline and copy is always on your mind. To make this possible we nudged the table into frame with a drafts board on it to try and link back to the story being set in the Middle East. The bookshelves in the back also link back to his job as a journalist and to the fact that he has a new book out.

Portrait Commission: Frank Gardner for the Sunday Times Magazine - Greg Funnell Photographer
Portrait Commission: Frank Gardner for the Sunday Times Magazine - Greg Funnell Photographer
Portrait Commission: Frank Gardner for the Sunday Times Magazine - Greg Funnell Photographer