Over 30 years of capturing the great, the good (and the just plain odd), has given Mark Harrison a body of work of portraits of some of the most important and influential individuals you could ever want to meet.
Mark has photographed for magazines, TV & film, advertising, book covers and annual reports. He's been shouted at, had people laugh (and cry) and occasionally squeeze him with joy. Although people are nice, he often get asked who was really difficult?
Growing up in suburban England, Mark began to emulate his father’s fascination with the darkroom, producing prints of local actors. This led to him 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, he built up a portfolio of portraits of famous authors, whilst also shooting a project on 'The Obsessed Fans'. Commissions from magazines and publishers soon followed.
Spending his life shooting unusual portraits of talented arresting individuals, still gives Mark a kick. He can sometimes be found shooting pictures in tight corners of hotel rooms, ceilings of studios, or even attached to the side of an aeroplane.
A long list of notable subjects (along with convicted killers and escapees from ISIS), include-
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, Sir Paul Smith, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, David Gilmour, Tilda Swinton, Gemma Chan, Benazir Bhutto, Emma Watson and many many more.
Several of his photographs are now held by the National Portrait Gallery in London, whilst others are winners of multiple photo prizes.
When not shooting or at my office, Mark can be found with his family and Betty (the pooch with the ears).
Recent winning awards and exhibitions-
Portrait of Britain 2016
Portrait of Britain 2017
Portrait of Britain 2018
Portrait of Britain 2019
Portrait Salon 2018
10th/11th/ 13th/14th/15th Black & White Spider Awards (Nominated +Hon. Mentions)
Creative Pool 2019 Bronze Award + People's Choice
Creative Pool 2021 Bronze Award
AOP (Gold Winner) Open-Black Culture in Britain competition/exhibition 2021
Recent clients include-
Sky, ITV, Compass Group, Saga, Stylist, Times Magazine, Waitrose, Men's Health, Radio Times, Burberry, Octopus, IOD, BBC, D8, Hodder & Stoughton, Avalon Television, Faber & Faber, UKTV and Stella.