Alastair Thain

Gilbert & George, London, 1989

‘I dropped the coin into the only functioning call box, I could find in my neighbourhood, and nervously called Gilbert and George’s number. George answered the telephone. I told George that I was a young photographer who would like to make a portrait of them. George asked me nothing about myself or my intentions he just said ”would 2.00 on Thursday afternoon be convenient.” I was in a vulnerable place at the time, and their friendship, encouragement, and the inspiration of their example changed my life. They are truly faithful to their philosophy of “Art for all.”

Alastair Thain

Later coming back to photograph them again for this larger than life portrait. (shot on AGFA Aviphot Pan Aerial Film - Positive)

Edition of 2 in 118 in x 57.4 in

Archival pigment print

Signed & thumb print by Alastair Thain