Dark Tales, Mead Carney, London

Photographs of well-known faces playing various roles in unusual settings will be on display in Dark Tales, the first solo show by internationally acclaimed Rich Hardcastle at Mead Carney.

This series of never before seen images uses a tight claustrophobic film set to create cleverly de-contextualised photographic stories and includes celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Billy Zane, Tim Minchin, Rupert Grint and Michael Sheen, among others.

Hardcastle, who has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial photography and holds a First Class Degree in Photography and a Masters in Fine Art Photography from the Edinburgh College of Art, is one of the most well-known celebrity photographers in the world.

He has captured the likes of Kevin Spacey, George Clooney, Brad Pit and Meryl Streep and worked with leading playwrights, comedians, magicians, burlesque dancers and rugby captains. His work has appeared in most major publications and recently he was the photographer for Karl Pilkington’s adventures in the Sky1 HD production Idiot Abroad.

While most of his career has been dedicated to portraiture, his most recent work, Dark Tales included, has developed to push boundaries of the genre. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant say of Hardcastle’s work: “Rich has a way of making even a rainy day spent standing in a muddy field look glamorous and important.”

Dark Tales is showing from 24 January until 16 February at Mead Carney, London, 45 Dover St, London W1S 4FF. For more information visit www.meadcarney.com.

1. Rich Hardcastle, Rupert Grint. Courtesy of the artist.