Mark Harrison is an award winning portrait photographer based in Tunbridge Wells, on the edge of London, who shoots pictures for a raft of UK & international clients.
Growing up in suburban Surrey, Mark began to emulate his father’s fascination with the darkroom, producing prints of local actors for their Spotlight promo book. This gave him the opportunity to be a runner for a top fashion photographer, opening new opportunities for making a career out of photography.
Having studied for a Degree in Photography where he built up a portfolio of portraits of famous authors, commissions from Management Today and the Independent Magazine soon followed.Film & television work was added to his roster following a regular gig for the Sunday Telegraph’s magazine. Many years on, he is shooting high end editorial mixed with advertising, television, corporate and book covers.
His recent clients have included Sky TV, Hammerson, Paris Match, the Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and Stylist magazines, as well as Burberry.
A long list of notable sitters ranges from Pavarotti Danny De Vito and Benedict Cumberbatch; Tony Blair Al Gore and Margaret Thatcher; Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough, to convicted killers and escapees from ISIS.
No two days are ever the same as Mark can sometimes be found shooting in tight corners of hotel rooms, ceilings of studios, or attached to the side of an aeroplane. Yes, it's that kind of job.
A selection of his images are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Major awards include being selected as a winner of the Portrait of Britain competition in 2016, 2017 (and now 2018), as well as for the 2018 Portrait Salon competition.
When not shooting, or at his office, Mark can be found with his family and Betty (the pooch with the ears).