House Notes

Cat Garcia shots Marcin Miller for the latest issue of Soho Notes.

Cat Garcia shoots Marcin Miller for the latest issue of Soho Notes.

‘The Maker: Marcin Miller. Meet Soho House’s go-to carpenter: designer, craftsman and perhaps London’s original hipster.

Marcin Miller is one of life’s born charmers. Tall and broad shouldered, he is rarely seen without his felt hat, robust white beard, or corduroy waistcoat. His voice positively booms, thick with Slavic authority. The subject upon which he has such conviction? Woodwork, in all its forms. He’s been working with it since he was a boy growing up in Warsaw. More than 50 years later, and long-since based in London, he has become, shall we say, part of the Soho House furniture, working with us as director of carpentry since our very first opening on Greek Street in 1995.’

Words by Jodie Harrison

Read more in the current issue.

 

 

Hole & Corner

Cat Garcia recently shot for Hole & Corner magazine, for King of Cashmere Brunello Cucinelli by Matthew Fort

Cat Garcia recently shot for Hole & Corner magazine, for a piece on King of Cashmere Brunello Cucinelli by Matthew Fort, in Solomeo, central Italy.

You can see some of the images here, and see the full article in the current issue of Hole & Corner. Find out more at Hole & Corner

 

Leica 2017

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Last year Cat Garcia was appointed as an official Leica Akademie Ambassador, a prestigious role offered to gifted photographers who can provide inspiration for others.

Cat was invited to Leica HQ in Wetzlar, Germany at the start of the year, to see legendary New York ‘street photographer’ Joel Meyerowitz being honoured for his life’s work with a Leica Hall of Fame Award.

This summer Leica will be supporting Cat’s first exhibition, entitled ‘Quarterly’, a body of personal work shot over a year featuring portraits and observed details across the seasons in the UK.

And, in the near future, Cat will be running a workshop with the Leica Akademie UK. Following in the footsteps of the original German Akademie dating back to 1934, the Leica Akademie UK offers a collection of workshops that aim to inspire a new generation of photographers and help capture the ‘decisive moment’.

We spoke to Jason Heward, Managing Director of Leica Camera Ltd.

What do you look for when choosing a Leica Ambassador?

Leica has always worked with great photographers, from legends whose images defined the 20th Century, to new emerging talents. When looking for Akademie Ambassadors we try to identify photographers with a strong individual style as well as expertise in genres that are of interest to Leica users. Their knowledge of photography has to transcend the technical and be more about inspiring passion for photography

People skills are also hugely important; they need a warm, friendly and engaging manner.

What drew you to Cat?

Cat specialises in portraiture and we were keen to work with such an exciting talent in this field. We love the lightness of touch and sense of storytelling in her work; the simple authenticity in Cat’s pictures is very much in the Leica vein. We first became aware of her photography via her book Our Time which was beautifully executed. It wasn’t just about her photography though – when we met her we knew she had the warmth of character and passion for Leica that we were looking for.

How did you know her work?

Our Time, justifiably, got great press. I first recall coming across it in an article in the Telegraph. Cat was also recommended by other photographers we work with.

What are your expectations for a Leica Ambassador?

Cat is working with us as an Akademie Ambassador and will be running photography workshops for Leica photographers. An appreciation of the philosophy of the Leica brand combined with a passion for our history and heritage are fundamental. Our Akademie Ambassadors deliver engaging, interesting and memorable workshops, and challenge photographers to see things differently. Last but not least, they need to be someone who creates beautiful and unique images that our customers can relate and aspire to. Through their tuition and guidance, our Akademie Ambassadors inspire our customers to be the best photographers they can.

What will you be doing with Cat in the coming months?

In the coming months, we will be running Cat’s Mastering Portraiture workshop both from Leica Mayfair and other locations around the UK. We’re very excited to be rolling this out and the first workshop will be online soon. In addition to these workshops, we are very excited to be hosting an exhibition of Cat’s new work this summer.

(As part of Cat’s portraiture workshop, she shot Duncan Campbell, Luke Edward Hall and Charlotte Rey. Images below. Cat shoots with a Leica M (Typ 240) and a Leica SL)

 

Mr Porter

Mo Coppoletta photographed by Cat Garcia at his Exmouth Market tattoo parlour, The Family Business, for Mr Porter, The Journal.

Mo Coppoletta photographed by Cat Garcia at his Exmouth Market tattoo parlour, The Family Business, for Mr Porter, The Journal.

Art Director – Jacopo Maria Cinti

Styling – Otter Jezamin Hatchett

Production – Rachael Smart

To see in full go to Mr Porter, The Journal

Quarterly

Cat Garcia recently shot with Ben Palmer for her ongoing Quarterly series.

Cat Garcia recently shot with the Creative Director of MR PORTER, Ben Palmer, for her ongoing Quarterly series.

Shown here are a few of the images featuring Ben, shot near Abergavenny in Wales, for the season of Autumn.

A selection of work from Quarterly will be exhibited at the Leica Gallery Mayfair in July 2017.

More information will follow in the coming months.

Quarterly

Cat Garcia recently shot with Olivia von Halle for her ongoing Quarterly series.

Cat Garcia recently shot with Olivia von Halle for her ongoing Quarterly series.

Shown here are a few of the shots featuring Olivia’s horse, Herman.

A selection of work from Quarterly will be exhibited at the Leica Gallery Mayfair in July 2017.

More information will follow in the coming months.

MR PORTER The Journal

Cat Garcia shoots architect John Pawson at The Design Museum, ahead of its reopening at its new Kensington location, on 24 November.

Cat Garcia shoots architect John Pawson at The Design Museum, ahead of its reopening at its new Kensington location, on 24 November.

Words by Mr Simon Mills.

Styling by Ms Otter Jezamin Hatchett.

It’s not every day that you get to have a one-on-one conversation with a starchitect about the complex philosophy and multi-layered tenets of minimalism beneath a brutalist, hyperbolic paraboloid roof. But here’s Mr John Pawson – immaculate, handsome, urbane, gently intense, cashmere-clad and prone to archly observed asides, doing just that.

To read in full go to MR PORTER, The Journal

Boys by Girls

Cat Garcia shoots with Boys by Girls.

Cat Garcia shoots with Boys by Girls magazine.

Liam Gardner photographed by Cat for Issue 11, released on the 28th October 2016.

Styled by David Nolan.

Grooming Sven Bayerbach.

MR PORTER The Journal

Cat Garcia shoots James Waterworth for MR PORTER, The Journal.

Cat Garcia shoots James Waterworth for MR PORTER, The Journal.

Soho Home. MR PORTER launches the new homeware brand, we meet the Soho House interiors guru behind the line.

Words by Mr Chris Elvidge

Associate Editor, MR PORTER

Photography by Ms Cat Garcia

Styling by Ms Sophie Hardcastle

Executive Fashion Editor, MR PORTER

If you count yourself among the 21st century’s emergent “creative class” – by which we mean you own a Macbook, have “digital” in your job title and don’t feel obliged to wear a tie to work – then you’ll no doubt be familiar with Soho House. Established in 1995 by Mr Nick Jones as the antidote to stuffy, old-fashioned members’ clubs, it was marketed as a “home from home” for London’s creative types. Since then, it has grown into a global network with no fewer than 17 outposts spanning Europe and North America.

Lately, it has seemed like they just can’t open new houses fast enough. There are at least another five in the pipeline, the first of which, Soho House Barcelona, opens its doors later this month. That will shortly be followed by houses in Mumbai and Amsterdam, as well as further locations in London and in New York. They join a portfolio of properties that already includes a Malibu beach house, a former east London tea warehouse, an old American consulate in Istanbul and a 100-acre country retreat in Oxfordshire complete with stables and a boating lake.

Central to the appeal – and wild success – of the Soho House brand is its unique ambience, which varies only slightly from house to house. If you’ve ever sipped a Soho Mule from a copper mug while sinking into a plush-yet-shabby Chesterfield sofa – something you can do in downtown Chicago or leafy Chiswick – you’ll have experienced this ambience first-hand. It’s cosy, charmingly retro, welcoming and unpretentious. It’s homely, in other words, and as such it entirely succeeds in fulfilling Mr Jones’s mission statement of creating a home from home. So now they’re monetising that feeling with their homeware range, Soho Home.

To read in full go MR PORTER, The Journal

House Notes

Cat Garcia shots for the first issue of House Notes – the new-look Soho House monthly members’ newspaper and their ‘Creative Sidekicks’ story.

Cat Garcia shots for the first issue of House Notes – the new-look Soho House monthly members’ newspaper and their ‘Creative Sidekicks’ story.

Laura Jackson and her whippet, Barry.

Andrew Blyszak and his pug Myles.

Oli Juste and Bernard.

House Magazine

Cat Garcia shoots Zawe Ashton for the latest issue of House Magazine.

Cat Garcia shoots Zawe Ashton for the latest issue of House Magazine.

Words by Kate Wills.

‘Actor Zawe Ashton has graduated from student sitcom Fresh Meat to directing and producing her first film, writing a book and bulldozing barriers in an industry still dominated by white male privilege’.

To read in full see the current issue, No 36.

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Leica

Leica is delighted to welcome Cat Garcia as an official Leica Ambassador, representing the company’s iconic M rangefinder camera system.

Leica is delighted to welcome Cat Garcia as an official Leica Ambassador, representing the company’s iconic M rangefinder camera system.

Leica Ambassadors are gifted photographers and influencers, selected to work exclusively with the company and its products to showcase their talent, expertise and creativity inspiring other photographers to discover and experience the uniqueness of the brand, and explore the distinctive world of Leica photography.

Furthermore, Leica is pleased to support Cat’s brand new personal project, ‘Quarterly‘, where Cat will capture a series of portraits of individuals whose occupation or lifestyle relates to the seasons. This fascinating new work will be exhibited later in 2017 at Leica in Mayfair, London.

For more info on Quarterly, here is an outline:

Cat Garcia is shooting an ongoing series of personal work entitled Quarterly. Capturing quietly observed details across the seasons – of nature, and portraits of people close to it.

The below gives an introduction to the series – words by Anthony Leyton.

Every year, the world withers and begins anew. The seasons weave into one another, as sure and imperceptible in their cycle as the hour hand on a clock face. The leaves turn and fall; icicles cluster on park railings while crocuses wait, green beneath the soil, for their moment in the sun.

These are the broadest brush strokes of change. They are what those of us lucky enough to live at a four-season latitude see year after year.

The cycle of the seasons does more than change the scenery. It is not just a team of stagehands slipping into the shadows of a four-act play to replenish the flowers and rearrange the furniture. The effects are slow, uninterruptible and they touch upon everything: the colours of the world, the qualities of light and shadow, your mood in the morning, the clothes you put on, what you do with your day. We might not realise it at the time (despite the fact it has likely happened at that time for every year of our lives) but we silently recalibrate our habits, hopes and expectations on the emergence of the first daffodil.

The gradual nature of this transition is what makes our seasons so precious. The glories of high summer’s day spent with friends loafing in a park or taking a country bike ride are so much more pleasurable – so much easier to cherish – because they’re so fleeting. Likewise winter, with all its fragile beauty and cosiness, earns its wonder in its ending.

Cat Garcia is following the rhythms of a year with her camera, observing the way it affects the smallest details of life in the UK – in our cities, in our countryside and in our behaviour. This series traces the flow of the seasons as they are lived, offering glimpses of people and places as they are affected by the possibilities promised by spring, summer, autumn and winter; lives and landscapes inexorably changing from season to season, quarter to quarter…

These images pay homage to the fact that the idea of ‘quarterly’ suggests more than the dates on a calendar, but refers to the wonderful metamorphosis of the world each year – both outside our doors and inside our heads.

The image shown here is shot with Summicron-M 50mm f/2.

Vanity Fair

Cat Garcia photographed two portrait stories for the latest issue of Vanity Fair On Jewellery.

Cat Garcia photographed two portrait stories for the latest August 2016 issue of Vanity Fair On Jewellery.

She captured Sophie Quy, Fine Jewellery Buyer for Net-A-Porter and Jean Ghika, Head of Jewellery at Bonhams.

Interview by Aimee Farrell.

19 Bolsover Street

Cat Garcia recently shot with Brash Brands, capturing life in West Fitzrovia, London, for their work on the new development of 19 Bolsover Street.

Cat Garcia recently shot with Brash Brands, capturing life in West Fitzrovia, London, for their work on the new development of 19 Bolsover Street.

Art Director: Mike Dorrian

Stylist: David Hawkins at Frank Agency

Grooming: Victoria Bond at Caren

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Sir Peter Blake

Cat Garcia’s portrait of Sir Peter Blake appears in the latest UK Edition of Soho House newspaper.

Cat Garcia’s portrait of Sir Peter Blake appears in the latest UK Edition of Soho House newspaper.

South America

Cat Garcia spent the first few weeks of the new year in Ecuador (Antisana, Los Ilinizas, Pasochoa, Pululahua and Quilotoa) Peru (Machu Picchu and Cusco).

Here are some of the landscapes she captured along the way.

Cat Garcia spent the first few weeks of the new year in Ecuador (Antisana, Los Ilinizas, Pasochoa, Pululahua and Quilotoa) and Peru (Machu Picchu and Cusco).

Here are some of the landscapes she captured along the way.

Quarterly – Jason Hetherington

Cat Garcia continues to shoot her Quarterly series. The latest being with beauty and fashion photographer Jason Hetherington, with his beloved Jensen Interceptor.

Cat Garcia continues to shoot her Quarterly series. The latest being with beauty and fashion photographer Jason Hetherington, with his beloved Jensen Interceptor.

The Telegraph Luxury

Cat Garcia shoots for The Telegraph Luxury for their feature, ‘Turning the Tables’.

Cat Garcia shoots for The Telegraph Luxury for their feature, ‘Turning the Tables’.

Words by Hilary Armstrong…

Four London restaurants, four different takes on fine dining – from Corbin & King’s brasserie Bellanger and Mikael Jonsson’s relaunched Hedone to the edgy glamour of Jidori in Dalston and Paris import, Les 110 de Taillevent, we spoke to the chefs behind the capital’s hottest new openings.

The shots shown here are of Jeremy King, Brett Redman (with detail shot) and Mikael Johsson.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba photographed by Cat Garcia recording the intro track for John Newman’s new album ‘Revolve’.

Idris Elba photographed by Cat Garcia, recording the intro track for John Newman’s new album ‘Revolve’.

John Newman

Early this year Cat Garcia spent time photographing John Newman, in both London and LA, documenting his songwriting and recording process for his new album ‘Revolve’, which was released this month.

Early this year Cat Garcia spent time photographing John Newman, in both London and LA, documenting his songwriting and recording process for his new album ‘Revolve’, which was released this month.

Here is a selection of the work.

Mr Porter

Cat Garcia shoots portraits of Bas Hochstenbach, for Mr Porter and their Wild Men story, out in August in the Into The Open issue of The Journal.

Mr Hochstenbach was born to a marketing manager and a schoolteacher in Leidschendam, a suburban town in the flatlands of Holland. Aside from caravanning trips to France with his parents, his childhood was without international travels, until he graduated with flying colours and joined McKinsey & Co, the leading global management consultancy company.

“I did the typical City boy routine,” he says. “I worked hard. I made a fair bit of cash, I threw some parties, and I spent it. I lived between New York, London and Amsterdam. But something wasn’t right. I was hungry for adventure — not some courageous act of physical endurance, but to apply the strategy and business I knew I was good at, and work in adverse circumstances in parts of the world that needed development.”

In January 2004 Mr Hochstenbach swapped offices on Jermyn Street for a modest home in a local Tanzanian neighbourhood. He and his girlfriend (now wife) lived on a combined budget of US$100 a month. “Mary and I used to argue about spending a dollar to swim in the pool at a local hotel,” he says. “Living in Africa made me realise the bed that made me happiest, then and now, was the simplest one, with little between me and the wildlife.”

To continue reading and to see the feature in full please see..

http://www.mrporter.com/journal/wild-men/the-eternal-optimist-of-the-serengeti/430

The Independent, John Simons

Cat Garcia shoots portraits at renowned London menswear shop John Simons, for The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review.

Cat Garcia shoots portraits at renowned London menswear shop John Simons, for The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review.

An extract from the feature, words by Ian Burrell – “Leaning forward on his stool, John Simons touches the peak of his white Failsworth linen eight-piece cap and tells the tale of how, in a tailoring career spanning six decades, his influence has become entwined in the very warp and weft of British men’s style…”

Our Time

Cat Garcia releases Our Time, a 252 page book documenting the lives of 60 of Britain’s most creative talents including Sir Peter Blake, Bella Freud, Giles Deacon, Gavin Turk, Fergus Henderson and Sir Paul Smith.

Cat Garcia releases Our Time, a 252 page book documenting the lives of 60 of Britain’s most creative talents including Sir Peter Blake, Bella Freud, Giles Deacon, Gavin Turk, Fergus Henderson and Sir Paul Smith. See www.thisisourtimebook.com for full details on the series. Supported by artisanal paper manufacturers G.F Smith, curated by Olivia Triggs, and words below by Editor Anthony Leyton.

Photographer Cat Garcia has documented the working lives of Britain’s most creative talents to produce this series of quietly revelatory images. Featuring some of the most pioneering minds in the fields of art, photography, design, fashion, film and more, Our Time combines candid black-and-white and colour portraits with telling incidental details from the ordinary lives of extraordinary people.

The photographs in this book don’t try to dissect creativity or explain the process of inspiration; they make no thunderbolt claims about genius. They are simply the result of time spent with 60 of Britain’s most creative people – an assortment of artists, designers, photographers, film-makers and other talents – all linked not by the arena in which they operate, but by the fact that ideas are their currency. Whether artist or curator, fashion designer or florist, their aim is to cross a few boundaries, shake things up a touch, make something new.

Each of the people featured in Our Time allowed Cat Garcia to share their lives for one day, inviting her and her camera into their homes and workspaces, taking her along on their daily journeys and giving her the chance to see them at work. The resultant images are a compelling assortment of candid portraits, captured moments of stillness and telling incidental details. These fascinating still lifes from their environment (a model unicorn, a rainbow of paint pots, an antiquarian book…) offer the viewer, for one stolen second, a flash of insight into the style and surroundings of Britain’s creative generation.

Don’t open the book expecting to find sample art, finished pieces, or examples of what each contributor is ‘most famous for’. There are other books for that. Cat’s book is about the life, not the work. Above all else, it is a series of photo stories about people, a compendium of quiet revelations, the collected fragments of lives lived creatively, one day at a time.

Portrait of Nerina Pallot

Nerina Pallot

Cat Garcia shoots portraits with British singer Nerina Pallot ahead of the release of her new album ‘The Sound and the Fury’.

Photo by Cat Garcia of Paris Fashion Week for Mr Porter

Mr Porter

Cat Garcia recently captured a selection of photographs, of the people and places of Paris Fashion Week, for Mr Porter Live and their #MRPORTERontheroad series.

Milan Fashion Week

Mr Porter

Cat Garcia has been capturing the people and places of Milan Fashion Week for Mr Porter and specifically for their Instagram series #MRPORTERontheroad

To see more go to @mrporterlive

Cat Garcia photo for Mr Porter

Mr Porter

​This month, photographer Cat Garcia is shooting for Mr Porter and specifically for their Instagram feed #MRPORTERontheroad

She’ll be travelling and shooting in London, Milan, Florence and Paris.

See @MrPorterLive throughout June.