WILD ABOUT GARY: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” – and photographer, too? The famously versatile Gary Oldman, who’s already generating Oscar buzz for his starring role in the film adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel, was the guest of honor at a photographic exhibition at Paul Smith’s Albemarle Street store on Friday night.
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The photos were all taken on the film set by Jack English and Oldman, who captured his subjects in black and white on a 35-mm Widelux Camera. “I’ve been getting in to photography seriously for about ten years,” said Oldman, who noted his images “have this grainy effect, which suits the 1970s period. They’re very voyeuristic too, which I think suits the spy theme of the film quite well. I wanted them to have a backstage feel. I like to capture people at work.”
Guests at the party included Patrick Grant, artist Charming Baker, dancer Stephen McRae and Tomas Alfredson, who directed the film. Oldman could not contain his excitement about the project: “We knew we were working on something special straight away. It just ticked all the boxes. Great cast, great director, great adaptation.”
Smith was an early consultant on the look of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and he and Oldman are longtime friends. Oldman, who was dressed in a plum corduroy Paul Smith suit with a matching tie and thick-rimmed glasses said: “I wore this in his honor. I go to Paul’s store in Los Angeles on Melrose all the time. There’s something quintessentially ‘British’ about his clothes. They’re like comfort food to me.”