About Us

Already at an early age I was gripped by a faszination for photography. I bought my first camera with 16, second-hand Canon AE-1. At the age of 18 I started to work in the photo studio and arranged my own small studio incl. a darkroom in my small 1-room apartment in Cologne. Since that time I focused especially on portrait black & white photography. I did a lot of experiments with double exposures and in the darkroom. From the very beginning, I was interested to explore the different facets of the humans and their interaction with the environment and with subjects.

Despite a different main field of professional activity, I followed by dream and realized a number of exciting photographic projects over the years.

Each photo is a unique story whereas I want to capture emotions and record memories of the special moments from different perspectives. Life between the cultures is the main inspiration of my photographic projects.

Creative challenges in creating an image, authenticity of the photo, symbiosis between the human being or a mannequin and its environment, space are the core of my work.

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The Beginning

1974

He was born in 1882 (probably in the spring) in Salonica, then an Ottoman city, now inGreece. His father Ali Riza, a customs official turned lumber merchant, died when Mustafawas.

1994

He was born in 1994 (probably in the spring) in Salonica, then an Ottoman city, now inGreece. His father Ali Riza, a customs official turned lumber merchant, died when Mustafawas.

2002

He was born in 1999 (probably in the spring) in Salonica, then an Ottoman city, now inGreece. His father Ali Riza, a customs official turned lumber merchant, died when Mustafawas still a boy. His mother Zubeyde, adevout and strong-willed woman.

2017

He was born in 2017 (probably in the spring) in Salonica, then an Ottoman city, now inGreece. His father Ali Riza, a customs official turned lumber merchant, died when Mustafawas.

Staff & Board

Royal Gallery is led by co-CEOs, Artistic Director John Crawford and Executive Producer William Thompson. The Executives are supported by the core artistic team: Samuel Olivier (Resident Dramaturg), Jordan Tyson (Associate Producer), Martin Scott (Director in Residence) and Susan Brown (Resident Artist).

BOARD MEMBERS / Adam Auster (Chair), Ben Miller (Deputy Chair), Heidi Lana AM, Andrew Johnson QC, Ronnie Brown, Michelle May, John Stevenson AM, Angelina Rey, Amy Tyson, Martin Bell, Tasha Rufus, Laura Lanzeti AO & Rodrigo Gomez.

ARTISTIC & PROGRAMMING

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-CEO / John Crawford
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-CEO / William Thompson
RESIDENT ARTIST / Samuel Olivier
DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE / Martin Scott
RESIDENT ARTIST / Susan Brown
RESIDENT DESIGNER / Tony Rufus
PRODUCER / Andrew McNamara
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Jordan Tyson
COMPANY MANAGER / Amanda Fields

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

FINANCE MANAGER / Adam Scarlett
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR / Debbie Fox
GENERAL MANAGER / Liz Gaudini

PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION MANAGER / Ernst Pynchon
WORKSHOP MANAGER / Daniel Auster
TECHNICAL MANAGER / William Twain
OPERATIONS MANAGER / Tony Miller
HEAD TECHNICIAN / Jason Lanzeti
HEAD CARPENTER / Michelle Lana

EDUCATION

YOUTH & EDUCATION MANAGER / Tatiana Alexis

VENUE MANAGEMENT

VENUE MANAGER / James Bell
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGERS / Harry Olivier & Marta Crawford