MARK HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHER
Over 20 years of capturing the great, the good (and the just plain odd), has given me a body of work of portraits of some of the most important and influential individuals you could ever meet.
I've photographed people for magazines, TV & film, advertising, book covers and annual reports. I've been shouted at, had people laugh (and cry) and occasionally squeeze me with joy.
Most people are nice, although I often get asked who was really difficult.That's for the book..
Several of my images are now held at the National Portrait Gallery, whilst others are winners of several photo prizes during the last few years.
Spending my whole working life shooting dramatic portraits of talented individuals, still gives me a kick. I can sometimes be found shooting pictures in tight corners of hotel rooms, ceilings of studios, or even attached to the side of an aeroplane-yes, it's that kind of job. No two days are ever the same and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Growing up in suburban Surrey I began to emulate my father’s fascination with the darkroom, producing prints of local actors for the Spotlight promo book. This gave me the opportunity to be a runner for a top fashion photographer, (not a bad gig), opening new opportunities for making a career of it.
Following a Degree in Photography where I built up a portfolio of portraits of famous authors (whilst shooting a project on 'The Obsessed Fans'), commissions from Management Today and the Independent Magazine soon followed. Film & television work was added to my roster soon after, following a regular gig for the Sunday Telegraph’s magazine.
I have a long list of notable sitters (along with convicted killers and escapees from ISIS), including-
Pavarotti, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Danny De Vito, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Margaret Thatcher, Prof. Stephen Hawking, Sir David Attenborough, Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen, Sir Richard Branson, Sting, Charlotte Rampling, Damien Lewis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Paul Smith, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, David Gilmour, Tilda Swinton, Benazir Bhutto, Emma Watson and many many more.
One of my highlights of last year was photographing the Newsnight/Prince Andrew interview for the BBC at Buckingham Palace, the images from which fronted newspapers across the world.
When not shooting or at my office, I can be found with my family and Betty (the pooch with the ears).
Portrait of Britain 2016
Portrait of Britain 2017
Portrait of Britain 2018
Portrait of Britain 2019 (Shortlisted)
BLPA 2018 (Shortlisted)
Portrait Salon 2018
10th/11th/ 13th/14th Black & White Spider Awards (Nominated +Hon. Mentions)
Creative Pool 2019 Bronze Award + People's Choice
Sky, Black Sun, Saga, Stylist, Times Magazine, Waitrose, Men's Health, Radio Times, Burberry, Octopus, IOD, BBC, D8, Hodder & Stoughton, AirMail, Faber & Faber, UKTV and ES Magazine, Conde Nast.