Since completing a degree in photography at WSCAD in Farnham - now the University for the Creative Arts - James has been a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture and advertising.
Working for some of the most prestigious magazines, publishing houses, record companies and advertising clients across the World, James has built a reputation as a leading light in contemporary British portraiture.
Along with commercial and editorial work, he also devotes a great deal of time pursuing personal projects. The most notable perhaps was his series of portraits of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. The book from this series ‘The Last Few’ was later published and gained much recognition on television and featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. The complete set of portraits has now been included in The Royal Collection. A number of his celebrity portraits are also in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery in London.
After he worked as a newspaper reporter and climbing instructor, Paul became a freelance photographer in 1965. He photographed regularly for The Guardian and The Observer and became director of the Creative Photography course at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1976 - forerunner to all current student-centered higher education courses in the medium. Another notable achievement around this time was the establishment, with his wife, Angela, of The Photographers’ Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop - at their Peak District home.
He has written two books on photography Approaching Photography and Dialogue with Photography and has had two monographs White Peak Dark Peak and Corridor of Uncertainty published. Exhibiting regularly since 1970 in the British Isles and internationally Paul was the first art photographer to receive an MBE for services to photography and the first professor of photographic practice in a British university.
An automotive photographer for twenty years, specialising in cars but with a vision naturally encompassing landscapes and lifestyle. The juxtaposition of sheet metal and landscapes, whether urban or natural has always intrigued Nigel – the interplay of light, colour and texture. Enjoying every new challenge that quality automotive photography brings – from defined advertising campaigns to the freedom of editorial projects.
Anyone and everyone can take pictures, but Nigel’s over-riding passion is to take pictures which engage the viewer and make people covet the subject matter…