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Adrian Houston

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Known for his warm, atmospheric images that fire the imagination, renowned photographer Adrian Houston’s works have been exhibited at such leading institutions as The National Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts.

His exceptional eye for detail, as well as his meticulous, creative and relaxed approach, has earned Adrian a number of high-profile portrait commissions, among them the late Luciano Pavarotti, the Dalai Lama and Jim Carrey.

His ground-breaking images for the Mr & Mrs Smith series of travel guides helped put the company on the map and Adrian has produced a total of eight publications for this now globally recognized brand.

Adrian has enjoyed several high-profile exhibitions, including a fund-raising initiative for Guide Dogs for the Blind at The Haunch of Venison at The Royal Academy of Arts showcasing his customarily innovative portraiture, on this occasion celebrity figures with their canine companions.

Visions of Battersea Power Station, a series of photographs shot in 2000 before the iconic building was re-developed, were exhibited to great acclaim at the new Battersea Power Station development in November 2017.

Adrian’s passion is conservation. His work has seen him travel to some of the world’s most unexplored and inhospitable terrains, with his powerful photographs subsequently gracing everything from advertising campaigns to magazine covers. In addition, the stunning images that resulted from him witnessing the eruption of Mount Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island were used to memorable effect in one of the Discovery Channel’s highest rating documentaries – Discovery People.

The culmination of years spent fascinated by the way trees and woodlands connect us all on a universal level, Adrian’s exhibition, A Portrait of the Tree, was held at The Unit London Gallery in Hanover Square in autumn 2018. Featuring images and accompanying stories by such diverse individuals as Sir Richard Branson, Goldie Hawn, Raymond Blanc and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, this much lauded retrospective helped raise awareness about the importance of our trees, the environment and climate change. An accompanying book was subsequently published to great success in October 2021.

Adrian has used his work on behalf of The Queen's Green Canopy to continue to communicate the message to all age groups about the diversity, wonder and importance of our historic trees and forests and the need to keep planting for future generations. A book featuring both Adrian’s photographs and those taken by Charles Sainsbury-Plaice will be published in June this year with the forward written by King Charles III. The Queens Green Canopy exhibition was on show at Sothebys Bond street in December last year.

Adrian is also advisor to the United Nations for its International Day of Plant Health initiative.

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