GARNHAM, Christopher Paul

1958 - 1989

Christopher Garnham

Christopher Garnham was born at Ipswich on 1 March 1959, son of Leonard Garnham and his wife Sylvia J. née Piper, who married at Ipswich in 1955. Chris studied at Royal College until 1982 and after leaving trained as an illustrator, through the 1980s when he was working for, among others, youth and trend-setting magazines such as ‘The Face’ and ‘Blitz’. The latter voted him Photographer of the Year in 1984. His portraits are mainly of people in the art, music, fashion and literary world and include Gilbert and George, Paula Rego, Elvis Costello, Paul Simonon, Michael Clark, Theresa Russell, Kathy Acker and Nick Coleman. His training as an illustrator had already given his work a distinctive and imaginative style of his own, which at time of his death was beginning to adapt to fashion photography. He died on 20 August 1989 in the Marchioness river-boat accident on the Thames, being described as an award-winning photographer and artist.