Gooch’s images shared here, for this very special 50 Years of Pride exhibition, are a collection of images captured by him over the past decade. He always attends SF Pride and always has a camera with him. He loves the incredible energy of the day. A day when so many people come together to express themselves in so any different ways. A few of his absolute favorite places to be on the day are the Radical Faeries Faerie Village, Main Stage and then on to Juanita More’s Pride party that has been held outside on the patio of 620 Jones for the last few years!
This is his hometown now and he loves being a part of this vibrant Queer community, documenting and preserving these beautiful fragments of time for future generations to learn from and enjoy!
Born in the UK, Gooch attended the prestigious Newport College of Art and Design where he studied under British photographer David Hurn, of the prestigious Magnum Photos collaborative. He worked in London for two decades first apprenticing with important photography studios and later having his own firm.
The focus of his work over the past decade since he moved to San Francisco from London, has been focused on documenting the disenfranchised sub-cultures of our time: the dynamism of street art and the artists who create it; the ongoing LGBTQ+ political struggles and LGBTQ+ performing arts community always with an eye on gender non-conformity.
By doing this, he memorializes these fragments of society in what can be a very transitory culture. Readers of the Bay Area Reporter voted Gooch Best Nightlife Photographer 2017, 2018 and 2019. His work can regularly be seen in that publication.
His photos were also featured in LEFT magazine, an independent LGBT publication that ran for some 5 years until its close in 2019. His monthly column in LEFT, “Out and About with Gooch”, was a selection of images of the latest happenings in nightlife in San Francisco. He is resident photographer at many weekly and monthly club nights and also the official photographer of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Folsom Street Events and San Francisco Pride.
All images © Gooch, all rights reserved.