A native of England, Gavin began his career in London, winning five major photographic awards and gaining the coveted titles of “Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS)” and “Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (FBIPP)” and was also featured in a BBC television documentary on Professional Photography.
Moving to New York in 1982, Gavin continued to work in advertising and industrial photography shooting a wide range of subjects including cars, computers and cosmetics both on location and in the studio.
A commission from the “National Gallery of Art” to Photograph Turkish art for the exhibition “The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent” followed by a commission from the “Smithsonian National Museum of African Art” to photograph strip weaving in Mali and the Ivory Coast launched a second career, which has to date contributed to over 80 books based on the distinguished collections of the “Metropolitan Museum of Art,” “Philadelphia Museum of Art,” “Smithsonian,” Brooklyn Museum,” “Winterthur Museum and Gardens” and the “White House Historical Association” among others including many private collections.
Gavin’s most recent books are: “The American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” “Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the “Jane Katcher Collection of Americana Volume 1 and 2,” George Washington’s Mt. Vernon,” “The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs,” “The Seven Bridges Collection, the first fifteen years,” “Connecticut Needlework 1740-1840 and Quilts,” “Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum,” “Start with a House Finish with a collection, The Human Condition-The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection,” “Bucket Town-Woodware and Wooden Toys of Hingham MA 1635-1945 and “Classical Splendor, Painted Furniture For A Grand Philadelphia House, Philadelphia Museum of Art”.