Rik Mayall by MarkYoung

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This was my first real celebrity portrait session back in 1991. Rik was appearing in ‘Waiting for Godot’ in the Queens West End Theatre. Two weeks later I was invited back to photograph the rest of the cast.
Rik Mayall was our generation’s answer to John Cleese. At school we would all do Young Ones impersonations – but almost everyone (except Phillip Hardy) wanted to be Rik Mayall. Later, in ’91 he allowed me to stage two portrait sessions and started my career in Comedy Photography. I am eternally grateful for that and will miss him dearly.

A British Photographer and lecturer now living in California.
I add an infectious dynamism to my pictures and you know they’re gonna be good before you even see them.
I’ve worked for BBC television as a stills photographer, and with most forms of studio lighting including Arri, Elinchrom and Bowens. I have experience in all formats of camera from 10×8 through Hassleblad and Mamiya through to Canon SLRs.
I’ve been doing this for over 25 years!

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  • louise
    louiseabout 7 years ago

    Love those eyes….they look straight through you…

    A fine quality portrait !

  • Peta Hurley-Hill
    Peta Hurley-Hillabout 7 years ago

    great shot,I always thought Rik was a bit of a hottie actually :)

  • MarkYoung
    MarkYoungabout 7 years ago

    Thanks for the enthusiastic comments, ladies!
    I can confirm that Rik is definately a hottie!

  • abefleur
    abefleuralmost 7 years ago

    this is an amazing portrait – really sums up what Rik Mayall seems to me (his audience) – its a great expression.

  • Craig 'has a nice' Dick
    Craig 'has a n...almost 7 years ago

    Brilliant image! You’re so lucky to have met Rik, he is a legend!

  • MarkYoung
    MarkYoungalmost 7 years ago

    Sorry for late reply, thanks for your enthusiastic comment on my Rik Mayall picture. I’ve also worked with Stephen Fry. I might be working for Bones very soon.

  • docophoto
    docophotoalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful liquid eyes, the expression seems to be so unveiled.

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