Ian Gavan is a Photographer based in London, England.
He has a B.A Honours degree in Visual Communication, studying Photography at the University of Illinois USA and The University of Wolverhampton UK.
He has shot assignments for, amongst others, British Airways, Guinness, Ascot, Alfa Romeo, Coca Cola, Samsung, Orange, Red Bull Racing, Cartier, MTV, Paramount, De Beers, Barclaycard, Diagio, British Film Institute, Falstaff Magazine, Jameson, Disney, Santander, Jaeger LeCoultre, IWC, Adidas, Universal Pictures, Sky Sports, Sony/Columbia/Tristar Pictures, Mulberry, Burberry, Puma, Issa, Gucci, Nike, Hello Magazine, Pepsi, Microsoft and G-Star Raw.
Getty Images Entertainment Portfolio of the Year Award 2011
Getty Images Best Entertainment Picture of the Year 2011
Getty Images Best Music Picture of the Year 2013
2nd Place Getty Images Portfolio of the Year 2013
Name: Ian Gavan
Birthday: College: University of Illinois / Wolverhampton University
Book: Consolations of Philosophy Alain DeBotton
Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
For how long have been in photography? Professionally for 12 years
How did you start? Studied Photography at College, then at University. I also did a year studying photography overseas at the University of Illinois in the US. I did assignment work for a small agency for years before I was asked to shoot for Getty Images. I was a Staff Photographer at Getty for 5 years.
How would you define yourself as an artist? I am sensitive about how all forms of light interact with the world around us to create moments of amazing beauty. I merely try to document those moments.
Where do you find inspiration? All around all day every day. It’s a philosophical point.
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography? To create a great photo from a situation where you wouldn’t expect a great photo. To create something out of nothing.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? It’s a great era to be a photographer. The digital equipment is getting very good in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, this means the industry is very competitive. Everyone now has a pretty good camera in their pocket and it has democratised the art.
What type of camera do you use most? I use Nikon DSLRs for when I have to work really quickly and with studio lights. I use a Leica M for when I can shoot slowly.
What is your favorite lens? Leica Summilux 50mm
What has been your most memorable assignment and why? I have done lots of assignments and worked with lots of interesting people. There are lots of memorable jobs. I had to make some photographs of 12 Dunkirk Veterans for Universal Pictures for the “Dunkirk” film. They were all absolutely incredible men who were part of one of the most important events that shaped world history.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? I am only interested in photographs I have yet to make.
How important is an awesome website for your business? It is very important. You have to show creativity, adaptability, veriety and technical ability to a viewer in a short space of time. It’s vital to show your style via a good website.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? Great people skills, dependability, creativity, resilience, patience, strength of character, awareness, visual acuity, health, sensitivity,
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? Probably my own personal work. I carry a camera all the time and look for interesting moments. There are my most important and satisfying works.
List of your clients? British Airways, Guinness, Ascot, Alfa Romeo, Coca Cola, Samsung, Orange, Red Bull Racing, Cartier, MTV, Paramount, De Beers, Barclaycard, Diagio, British Film Institute, Falstaff Magazine, Jameson, Disney, Santander, Jaeger LeCoultre, IWC, Adidas, Universal Pictures, Sky Sports, Sony/Columbia/Tristar Pictures, Mulberry, Burberry, Puma, Issa, Gucci, Nike, Hello Magazine, Pepsi, Microsoft and G-Star Raw
Who are the photographer's you admire the most? Winogrand, Cappa, Frank, Erwitt, Gibson and Saul Leiter
What about architects and designers? Not really.
What are your next projects? I am hopefully going on tour with the English National Ballet in the Autumn if I can make it fit in my schedule.
Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Awesome!