Craig Waddell

Through my photographic practice, I intend to reinvent the formal portrait, reclaiming it from outdated associations with social power and gender stereotyping. The formal portrait can be seen as a signifier of the institution and of social power, and I’ve always been fascinated by the formal portrait as status and its role in collective public memory.

The subject of the portrait in this exhibition is of Samuel Froggatt, an art student and a friend of mine who I frequently collaborate with. Sam is photographed here wearing a piece from his incredible collection of vintage clothing, in this case a 1930’s theatre costume. I’ve always been inspired by Sam’s unique and unapologetic queerness, and he makes a perfect model.