“The images he creates are nothing short of mesmerizing” – Michelle Robertson, SFGATE
Born and bred in the UK, Gooch attended the prestigious Newport College of Art and Design where he studied under renowned British photographer David Hurn, of the Magnum Photos collaborative. Working in London for two decades, Gooch first apprenticed with multiple photography studios before founding his own firm.
Since moving to the US, the focus of his work has been documenting the disenfranchised sub-cultures of our time: the dynamism of street art and the artists who create it; the recent LGBTQ+ political struggle with marriage equality and gender identity; and the LGBTQ+ performing arts community. Gooch seeks to memorialize these fragments of society in spite of a transitory culture.
His work also encompasses Corporate meetings, events and company headshots.
Now a resident of San Francisco, Gooch has been voted Best Nightlife Photographer 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 by readers of the Bay Area Reporter.
His work is regularly featured in local and national publications, with his own monthly pictorial column Out and About with Gooch in LEFT magazine detailing the cultural happenings of SF’s LGBTQ+ scene.
Gooch enjoys multiple residencies as official photographer for Out & Equal, The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, The Harvey Milk Foundation, Golden Gate Business Association, Folsom Street Events, Castro Street Fair, Oasis Cabaret Club, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and many weekly and monthly event nights including: Big Top Sundays at Beaux, featuring stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, The KiKi, Iconique, Gemini, Hell’a Tight! to name but a few.