Brian's passion is photography. He is never without a camera, be it the latest digital confection, his well worn Leica or a cheap disposable. The important thing is what the image says, not how it was created.
Brian Harris worked as a staff photographer on The Times and was appointed chief photographer of the Independent newspaper when it launched in 1986. He photographed the end of the civil war in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the aftermath of the Falklands war and the famine in Ethiopia and the Sudan. He spent 18 months in Eastern Europe documenting the collapse of communism and the fall of the wall in Berlin in 1989. He has covered four Presidential campaigns in the United States and reported on the first elections in Nepal and the death of Rajiv Ghandi in India. Brian has also covered political change in France, Germany and Italy as well as the first stirrings of unrest in Serbia and Kosovo.
Brian has received many awards for his work including the prestigious ’ What the Papers Say ’ Photographer of the Year award in 1990 for his work in Eastern Europe. He has had several solo exhibitions, notably at the Barbican Arts Centre and at Photofusion Gallery, both in London. His work has been published in many books and he was a contributing photographer for the Council for the Protection of Rural England’s ‘Legacy’ project in the early 1990s.
In 2005, Brian photographed the final days of the London 2012 Olympic bid for Accenture and recently photographed several third way projects for Capacity Builders. He has worked for St Christopher’s Hospice where he photographed Care as well as for Pernod Ricard where he photographed two major Whisky launch campaigns. The Association of Accounting Technicians has just commissioned Brian to photograph their recruitment campaign in his own style.
He spent most of 2006 photographing the ‘Remembered’ project for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The book, published by Merrell, which Brian co-authored with Julie Summers, has been a major success. The ‘Remembered’ exhibitions have toured the world and last year Brian had the honour of escorting the Queen around his London show at Canada House.
Brian has lectured on his personal photographic vision in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland and has written for various magazines on editorial photographic ethics. BBC TV made three documentary programmes about his work and he has contributed to various BBC radio broadcasts including the ‘Moral Maze’, which he described as "terrifying". And in 2009 Brian was Chairman of the Press Photographers Year jury that judged more than 7,000 images before selecting those to exhibit at the National Theatre in London.
Brian now divides his time between commissioned editorial work; personal projects such as Kiss and the Wall; and developing his growing Corporate client base who appreciate his quiet fly on the wall photographic style.