Thanks for checking out Mark Harrison Photography, based near London, UK.
I've spent my whole working life shooting exactly the kind of work that gives me a kick- meeting new and interesting people on every shoot. 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.
Many years on, I am shooting high end editorial mixed with advertising, television, corporate and book covers. Most people are nice, although I often get asked who was really difficult..
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, The Duchess of Cornwall, Jeremy Irons, David Gilmour, Pippa Middleton, Emma Watson and many many more.
One of the highlights of 2019 was photographing the Newsnight/Prince Andrew interview for the BBC, the image from which graced newspapers across the world.
A selection of my images are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
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, Paris Match, Stylist, Times Magazine, Waitrose, Men's Health, Radio Times, Burberry, Octopus, IOD, BBC, D8, Hodder & Stoughton, Faber & Faber, UKTV and ES Magazine.