Exhibited at the NPG for the first time, this remarkable set of photographs have remained in the photographer's private collection for almost thirty years. Gorgas first met Amis in 1977 while working as a portraitist and freelance photographer. Amis was literary editor of the New Statesman, working with Christopher Hitchens and Julian Barnes. Engaged from 1978 to 1981, Amis and Gorgas lived and worked predominantly in London and spent several months in Paris, where they were frequently visited by many of the friends photographed here. Gorgas's close relationships have resulted in this collection of unguarded and candid portraits which provide an intimate document of the literary and artistic circles in which they moved in the late 1970s.
Martin Amis
and Angela Gorgas