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[Updated: Feb 2019]

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Photography Profile

Goth Carter [Bachelor of Art Education]

For 30 years, across 3 continents Goth Carter has created

compelling photographic statements in black & white as well as color.

His strong, clear style is stamped on the photos he has produced professionally, as well as

the clear candid images he plucks from the ‘noise’ of streets, trains and everyday life in Australia, the United States and now in Japan.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Born: Sydney, Australia.
Lifelong connection with photography through both his parentswho are professional photographers, writers and filmmakers.
Goth began taking photos in his early teens. By age fifteen GOTH could independently take a black and white photograph, process the film and make a handprint.

His earlier work [ongoing] was an extension of his interest in his model’s fantasies, which materialized in the form of [mainly black and white] photographic images.

His influences include the black and white photographers from the ‘40s onwards who made powerful statements with their portraits and fashion photos, such as Francesco Scuvullo and Helmut Newton.

Since coming to Japan in 1998 Goth has been working as a photographer in his own company/studio GCG [Goth Carter Group].

He shoots both product and people for promo, catalogue and advertising.

Recently Goth has also been focusing on Art and Street photography and is compiling a stock photography data base of thousands of candid images he has taken of the people and their ‘cute’ and sometimes crazy fashion on the streets and in trains around Osaka [and other locations]. Japanese festivals, places and traditions are increasingly his subjects.

Recently Goth is also becoming more drawn to abstract images.

WORK HISTORY

1974-80 worked in the Australian film and television industry for Robert Knapp & Associates, and then for ABC TV.
1982-5 Worked part time as a still photographer [in other photographer’s studios].
1983 Began Goth’s independent photographic studio. Specialized in ‘people pictures’ – model’s portfolios, publicity stills, portraits and erotic art images.
1986 Various positions in schools as ‘artist in residence’, photographic consultant and part time teacher.
1987 Taught Photography for TAFE.
1988-93 Studied & graduated [NSW University - Bachelor of Art Education].
1989 Acquired “Old Time Portraits” [sepia toned photos of people wearing old costumes].
1993-99 Moved his photographic business to San Francisco USA [after a brief visit to Japan en route].
1998 Invited to Osaka Japan.  Began freelance photo jobs and teaching English.
1999 Moved his ‘base’ from San Francisco to Osaka.
2005~NOW Currently working in his own school/company/photo studio GCG in Nakazakicho near Umeda Osaka.

In GCG he works as a pro photographer and also teaches private Photography classes, as well as Guitar and English.

Goth is currently compiling thousands of images he has taken candidly on the streets and trains of Osaka of the people and their ‘cute’ and sometimes crazy fashion. Also taking promo, commercial and Art photos in his Umeda studio.

PHOTO WORK

AUSTRALIA

[See above]

USA

MAJOR FASHION SHOWS

I Magnin [on the roof].
Day X.
Wigstock ’96.
Salon Techniques.

Many smaller shows.

EVENTS

5th Anniversary of Bondage A Go-go.
Gay Pride Parade.
Castro Street Fair.
Haight Street Fair,
Many various other SF street fairs and venues and events.

PUBLICATIONS

Photo assignments for many many clients, including:
Claude 9 hair salons.
NTT Soft.
Shukan Diamond Magazine [Japanese business magazine].
Photo printing for Motley Crue’s Concert Tour Book.
Photo printing for Melissa Etheridge’s Concert Tour Book.

PROMOTIONAL

Carlos Santana – Triton Hotel’s inauguration of the “Carlos Santana Suite”.
Many, many modelling portfolios and promo shots.

JAPAN

CD JACKETS

Shizuru Ohtaka, for ‘Zukkoke’ TV series.
Sugami – “Sugami” cover, inside and on CD itself.
Two Soul CD - cover & inside.
Our Man in Japan – cover, various inside CD. Currently in production in Japan.
NAYA – CD cover, inside cover, back and booklet. Currently in production in the USA.
SIZZLE Ohtaka’s ‘Bloom’ CD [Japanese-English creative translation].

PUBLICATIONS

JAMCI magazine [Ishinha photos].
Ishinha’s Book.
Kenzo – commercial.
Street Jack magazine.
Grandeur jewellery catalogues x 3

PROMOTIONAL

Suematsu Nobushige. [Babel movie actor with Brad Pitt].

Japan Matex [on-going since 2004]. Many catalogue product shots. Website photos.

Japan Matex’s Trade Show booth in Germany 2007. Concept/Design/Printing of all materials/signage: 'Concept - creation through to completion!'

MOJO Jones Singer/guitarist and FM Cocolo DJ – photos and flier design & printing and website.

Tania Luiz – photos of her and her belly dancers and musicians for their Kyoto concert poster and website

Goth Carter – photos and design for his Live performance posters and fliers.

Butch Read – pro entertainer and street performer [ongoing since 1999]. Posters, fliers, business card, website.

Gold Prestige [studio product shots: gold & silver roses]

Heuschen & Schrouff [PRODUCTION MANAGER (Japan). 'Local photographer' for product label shoot and Japanese stock photos.

Julie Kitamura - OIL PAINTER. Julie's studio portraits. Oil paintiing photos. Art exhibition photos and video. Photos and graphic design and video for Julie's website: http://juliekitamura.com

LIVE SHOWS

Shizuru Ohtaka @ Club Quatro

Shizuru Ohtaka @ White Lion.

Ishinha’s yearly performance 1998 & 1999

Sex Spilit Show [Club Dawn]

SM Bondage Party [Rakan]

Fashion Show - Esmond Fashion. Shinsaibashi Osaka

Butch Read – pro entertainer and street performer [ongoing since 1999]

EVENTS

Mukagawa Music Festival and various other festivals.
Hair & Make up Show [Pias Building].
MOULIN ROUGE movie premiere party [Sam & Dave 5, Shinsaibashi]

ART

GOTH's Photo Art images help each model unlock their fantasies and show their hidden erotic persona.

GOTH's the studio and/or location photo technique and experience create moving and memorable photographic images. These models will forever [in their photos] look young, beautiful and sexy! Great memories!

ART PHOTO EXHIBITIONS

KYOTO INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE 2001.
“THEN & NOW” – Goth’s FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION. Osaka Japan 2004 Feb 11-16

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