Alan Cumming at Paul Smith Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Paul Smith Los Angeles hosts ALAN CUMMING SNAPS!, a fine art photography exhibition at our Melrose Avenue shop.

"The best thing I have learned about being an artist is the fact that you are the most interesting thing about yourself. We are all just trying to tell a story after all, and the more honest and personal we are the stronger we connect with an audience. My photographs are all about how I see the world, the incredible experiences I am exposed to and the parts of those experiences I think are worth recording or strike me as beautiful or provocative or weird. I have shot with various cameras and phones over the years but now I put them all through an app that makes them square and saturates the colors, like a Polaroid. I like the ease of ultra-modern devices to take the pictures but I prefer to look at them through the gauze of a yesteryear aesthetic. I don't like things too clean, too sharp, too HD. My life is a colorful blur, and so I think it only appropriate that the pictures I take embody that too." Alan Cumming
 
Alan Cumming won an instamatic camera in a raffle when he was 8. Sadly his inability to frame family members in the centre of any picture led to his camera being confiscated and instead he spent his time wandering around the forest he lived in making up stories and pretending to be other people. This eventually led to him becoming an award-winning actor of international renown, storming the West End with his Hamlet, followed immediately by his Emcee in Cabaret, which transferred to Broadway and made him an overnight US sensation. He has since graced the New York stages with turns in Chekhov, Coward and as Mack the Knife, the Pope and Dionysus. He will return this summer in a one man Macbeth. He has also had an eclectic film career, working with Stanley Kubrick then The Spice Girls, playing a superhero, a God, a horse, and winning many awards for his work as actor, writer producer and director. He will next be seen in the indie Any Day Now.
 
He has written a novel, Tommy's Tale, and is at work on a memoir. He has performed a cabaret show, I Bought A Blue Car Today, at venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House and released an award-winning album of the same name. He is currently on TV as Eli Gold (a man in a suit- go figure!) in the CBS hit The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for Emmy, SAG and Satellite awards. There were also two fragrances- Cumming and Second Cumming, and oh, well, you get the idea. Over the years he has worked out the framing thing, and Alan Cumming Snaps! is his first exhibition of photographs.
 
19th October - 2nd November 2012
 
Paul Smith Los Angeles 
8221 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles
CA 90046 
Tel: 323 951 4800
 

Posted on 18th October 2012