By Andrew Male
From Uri Geller, who bent the shop’s only spoon, to the Beatles, Arnie and Joan Collins, a small London shop near the US embassy has been taking passport snaps for the famous since 1953
In a two-room, white-walled basement off Oxford Street in central London, behind the Dyson showroom, is a tiny portrait gallery, and if Philip Sharkey has a few minutes he will show you around.
“That’s Alec Guinness,” he says, pointing at a miniature print of the steely-eyed actor. “That’s Peter O’ Toole … Lena Horne. All four Beatles. Mia Farrow. Woody Allen is on a separate wall. Arnold Schwarzenegger. That was for his green card, in 1977.”