January 27, 2021
‘When Tom Cruise appeared, I walked over and said, “Listen, this kid just got nominated for an Oscar.” Tom came over and said, “Tell me who you are”’
I was given the winners room at the British Fashion awards in December 2019, which is the holy grail for photographers at an event like that. All of the winners and icons present at the evening are ushered in for a one-on-one shoot with the official photographer. Giorgio Armani won the outstanding achievement award and he had some friends come down to support him, including Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and a certain Mr Tom Cruise.
This picture is of film-maker Cornelius Walker with Tom Cruise. Cornelius is a brilliant young talent from London who I came across after his Guardian-commissioned documentary Black Sheep was nominated for an Oscar earlier that year. It was extraordinary, given this was his first production, but I worried about the system that he is having to function in, and that his talent might never reach the heights that it should.