KENT GAVIN FRPS
Kent Gavin is a pre-eminent British photo-journalist whose iconic images have featured consistently on newspaper and magazine covers throughout the world. Through his key position as Chief Photographer with the Daily Mirror, Kent had the privilege to become accepted as one of the few trusted and respected Royal Photographers. Kent has amassed a fascinating chronicle ranging from his Royal experiences to the hard nosed aspect of modern photo-journalism. From 10 Downing Street to the White House, and from superlative sporting images to Hollywood film sets.
His experience now spans an incredible six decades. In this time Kent has won virtually every major prize in the industry, and included in his 131 awards are ‘Press Photographer of the Year’, three times and ‘Features Photographer of the Year’. He achieved ‘Royal Photographer of the Year’ an unprecedented seven times, and ‘Royal Photographer of the Decade’, twice, in the 1980′s and 1990′s. His iconic images are instantly recognisable the world over, with few of his fellow photojournalists fortunate enough to share in the respect and admiration afforded Kent.
He began his photographic career forty years ago and, working as Chief Photographer for The Daily Mirror and had the privilege to become accepted as one of the few trusted and respected Royal Photographers. No other photographer even comes close to his achievements and the awards bestowed upon him by his own media colleagues. Kent has been awarded ‘British Press photographer of the Year’ four times and in total has an unprecedented 131 awards and nominations. He received the highest accolade from his peers when he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He has been voted ‘Royal Photographer of the Year’ 7 times and ‘Royal Photographer of the Decade’ twice. Apart from being a fabulous photographer this success is largely due to the privilege afforded him by Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer and more recently Prince William and Kate. Kent has a truly unique collection of photography spanning more than 30 years. From some of the most iconic images of Diana through to William and Kate’s wedding he has covered the Royals at their most formal and informal. He was the only photographer invited on The Royal Barge at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the Thames. He was also one of two photographers chosen by Princess Diana to photograph Prince William’s Christening at Buckingham Palace. Ken was also one of the hottest photographers on Fleet Street so he was the man sent to capture the big celebrity moments that mattered and became a friend to many of Hollywood’s biggest stars capturing iconic images, famous the world over.
The undisputed King of the Royal Photographers, Kent has kept his experiences to himself, often refusing interviews and media acknowledgement out of respect for the Royal Family and their privacy.
No other royal photographer even comes close to his achievements and the awards bestowed upon him by his own media colleagues. Seven times ‘Royal Photographer of the Year’ and twice ‘Royal Photographer of the Decade’, in the 1980s and 1990s, largely due to the privilege afforded him by Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.Countless times Kent was the only official newspaper photographer in attendance. As was the case when he was personally invited by the Princess of Wales to witness and record the christening of Prince William, capturing iconic images, famous the world over. This was also the
honoured situation he found himself in, when asked to accompany the royal party on the Royal Barge at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames. Kent shares his amazing story Now Kent has collected his magnificent photographs together and tells about his unique relationship with the Royal family in his stunning new book ‘My Royal Appointments’. Inside he reveals why he was privileged to receive such special treatment and tells the fascinating stories behind the images. “I’ve seen this family up close in moments of great joy and great sadness – I feel like I’ve documented history.