Mark Harrison

Portrait photographer Mark Harrison:

30 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 significant individuals you could ever want to meet. I have photographed 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. Although people are nice, I often get asked who was really difficult?

Growing up in suburban England, I began to emulate my father’s fascination with the darkroom, producing prints of local actors. This led to me grabbing an opportunity to be a runner for a top fashion photographer, (even though most of it depended on remembering who had sugar in their tea..)

Following a degree in photography, I built up a portfolio of portraits of famous authors, whilst also shooting a project on 'The Obsessed Fans'. 

Spending my life shooting unusual portraits of talented arresting 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. I even found myself walking into Buckingham Palace a few years back  asking,  "So why am I here and whom am I photographing?" (for the infamous Newsnight/Prince Andrew interview).

A long list of notable subjects (along with convicted killers and escapees from ISIS), includes-

The 1975, Pavarotti, David Cameron, Prince Andrew, 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, Gerhard Richter, The Duchess of Cornwall, Pippa Middleton, Sir Paul Smith, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, Sir Lewis Hamilton, David Gilmour, Tilda Swinton, Gemma Chan, Benazir Bhutto, Emma Watson and many many more.

Several of my photographs are now held by the National Portrait Gallery in London, whilst others are winners of international photo prizes.  I am a full member of the Association of Photographers (AOP).

When not shooting or at my office, I can be found with my family and Betty (the pooch with the ears).

Recent awards-

Portrait of Britain - 2016+17+18+19+2021

BLPA - 2018

Portrait Salon - 2018

Black & White Spider Awards (Nominated +Honourable Mentions) 10/11/12/13/14/15/16th

Creative Pool - 2019 Bronze Award + People's Choice. (2017+2020+2022 Shortlisted)

AOP (Gold Winner) Open-Black Culture in Britain - 2021

15th International Color awards 2021 Nominee in People + Portrait categories.

AOP Open Awards 2021 (Finalist)

Royal Photographic Society IPE 160+164 (Shortlisted)

Recent client list-

BBC, Sky, ITV, Compass Group, Saga, Stylist, Times Magazine, Waitrose, Barclays, Radio Times, No Sheet Music, The Telegraph, Burberry, Octopus, Conde Nast, IOD, D8, Hodder & Stoughton, Avalon Television, Faber & Faber, UKTV and Hearst.

Behind the Scenes Stills & Video shoot here

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