Tony McGee - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Kate was fantastic. Her concentration was extraordinary, you can see in her eyes how determined she was……although she was shy, she was confident in front of the camera,’ recalls the charismatic creator of this image, fashion photographer Tony McGee, when speaking about that seminal day in 1989 when he first met the teenage model.

    Officially McGee was commissioned to shoot a photo story with Italian boxer, Luke Massey for Italian Men’s Vogue. At the last minute, Storm model agency contacted him and asked if he would see their young signing - the 15 year old Kate Moss. She appeared waif-like and floated in amongst the photographer’s 1969 white Mercedes convertible (formally owned by the artist David Hockney) and the visceral young boxer. The fact that McGee and Kate both grew up in South London, helped the meeting to run smoothly, the chemistry flowed and they struck up a rapport. He remembers that she seemed so different from the other super models, she still had the charm of youth. Kate sat in the front seat of the beautiful machine with Massey and the seemingly effortless shots were born. When viewing this classic image, the magic produced by a fateful accidental meeting is absolutely evident.

    Until recently the roll of film lay undeveloped in the back of a wardrobe.


Kate Moss, London, 6th June

Archival pigment print, printed later.
58.8 x 77 cm (23 1/8 x 30 3/8 in.)
Signed and annotated 'AP' in ink in the margin. One from an edition of 5 plus artist's proofs.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £5,625

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London 18 November 2014