Adrian Gatie became synonymous with urban, street photography in the early eighties and later on in his career for his portraits of prominent celebrities and personalities. His first book 'In Penumbria' contains a collection of works, which reflect his desire to capture the darker side of life. Robert Frank, the legendary American photographer said about his work, "Gatie's photographs make clear the pain and sadness of living in his part of the world".
Adrian's work possesses a genuine sense of humanity, humour and compassion for life. His ability to observe human nature and capture the incongruity and absurdity of a moment, exposes the humour in even the most poignant of situations.
This gritty sense of humour is fundamental to all of his work and is implicit to the understanding of many of them. '611 - Scarborough', is a perfect example of his talent for recognising an instant in time and capturing it before it disappears back into the everyday.
His portrait photographs capture the personality and character of the sitter with the same sense of candour and pragmatism. His extensive list of prominent personalities, to name but a few, includes Jane Asher, Kate Adie, Ruth Rendell, Alan Ayckbourn, Sir Christopher Frayling, Robert Powell, Tom Courtenay, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lady Soames, Gwen Taylor, Jeff Banks, John Godber and Alan Bennett… His work has been exhibited throughout the UK and is held in many private collections throughout the world.
Adrian Gatie's ability to seize the precise instant within a multitude, breathes life and potency into all of his photographs.