Mead Carney is proud to present Dark Tales – the first solo show of photographic works by internationally acclaimed celebrity photographer Rich Hardcastle starring Billy Zane, Ricky Gervais, David Gandy, Jared Harris, Tim Minchin, Hayley Atwell, Harry Treadaway, Michael Smiley, Steve Furst, Rupert Hound, Rupert Grint, Rachael Alexandra Mai and Michael Sheen.
Through the use of tight, claustrophobic film sets, Dark Tales is a series of cleverly de-contextualised photographic stories with each actor cast to play the role of the artist using ambiguous visual narratives with a single frame image that is left open to interpretation by the viewer. Absurd, humorous and tragic, Dark Tales reveals itself as a series of multi-dimensional self portraits of the artist which communicate his personal feelings of insecurity, pathos and melancholy through the performance of accomplished actors.
Hardcastle’s aesthetic originality has garnered the artist industry-wide acclaim for his editorial portrait photography harnessed by visual ideas, resulting in commissions from leading publications as Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire and Harpers Bazaar. Several works by the artist also sit within the prestigious permanent collection of The National Gallery.