A SENIOR lecturer in photography at Coventry University has had one of his pieces acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London. The photograph, depicting Alan Moore with his wife and fellow writer, Melinda Gebbie, has also been selected as the Gallery’s ‘Photograph of the Month’.
This is the first piece of Jonathan Worth’s work to have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. Worth photographed the couple at Papa Cinos restaurant in Northampton having been commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph Magazine in March 2007 to carry out the work.
Worth said: “This is a huge honour for me. I had a phone call out of the blue from someone who was interested in my work and it later transpired in the conversation that the caller was from the National Portrait Gallery and they wanted to buy one of my photographs.”
Born in Northampton in 1953, Moore started his career as an illustrator crafting cartoon strips for music magazines. As a writer, he produced scripts for the AD2000 and Marvel comic titles, and has written a number of world renowned graphic novels, including V for Vendetta (1982-8), From Hell (1991-6) and Watchmen (1986-7).
Gebbie is also a comic artist, who was born in San Francisco where she contributed her first illustrative piece to Wimmen’s Comix, before moving to London in 1982. She married Moore in 2007, and has collaborated with him on the controversial graphic novel, Lost Girls (2006).
Worth joined Coventry University’s teaching staff in September 2008, and has succeeded in balancing a prolific photographic career with an academic one. Since 2000, he has worked as a freelance photographer for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Guardian Weekend Magazine and I-D.
Jonathan added: “To have my work recognised by the world’s most prestigious portrait gallery is truly amazing and I am hoping that I can retain their interest with the work that I continue to produce.”