Simon Cowell with his dogs Squiddly, Diddle, Freddy and Daisy (Andy Gotts / SWNS)
A portrait photographer has photographed a number of British celebrities with their dogs as part of a new charity project.
Andy Gotts, whose work is in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, has photographed familiar faces such as Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Tilda Swinton and Fiona Bruce.
The project is in collaboration with Guide Dogs, a UK charity that brings trained guide dogs together with blind and partially sighted people.
It marks the organization’s 90th anniversary and the start of their Guide Dogs 90 call, which is looking for funds to ensure they can provide their services to people with vision loss for the next 90 years.
David Walliams with his Border Terriers Bert and Ernie (Andy Gotts / SWNS)
Walliams was photographed sitting on a sofa cuddling and kissing his Borderterrier Bert and Ernie. Walliams said the pups mean “everything” to him.
“I can only imagine the incredible bond a person has with their guide dog,” he said.
“Guide Dogs is such a great charity and one of the first charities you hear about as a kid.”
Cowell sat for the photographer with his four Yorkshire terriers, Squiddly, Diddly, Freddy and Daisy.
Tilda Swinton with her springer spaniel Louis (Andy Gotts / SWNS)
Gotts also captured a black and white portrait of Tilda Swinton with her Springer Spaniel named Louis.
Guide Dogs found its first owner for a trained dog in 1931. The charity said it is responsible for 8,400 puppies and dogs at the same time.
Gotts said that given the importance of eyesight to his career, he has long wanted to help people with visual impairment.
Fiona Bruce with her Irish Terrier Molly (Andy Gotts / SWNS)
“Needless to say, eyesight is important to my career, so I always thought I would like to help a charity like Guide Dogs that supports people with visual impairment,” he said.
English actor Phil Daniels posed with his dog Chico on his lap.
“My dog was very important in my life. I lost my partner to cancer nine years ago when Chico was a puppy and he has been my companion ever since and is now 14 years old and still going strong.
Phil Daniels with Chico (Andy Gotts / SWNS)
“He’s a Spanish stray who needed to be looked after. I tell people he’s a black Russell. Me and Chico think that’s funny.
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“I think the guide dog charity is doing a great job in promoting the awareness, resources and sponsorship to get the message across that we need more guide dogs,” he said.
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