taking on that role.
Born in Birmingham and trained as a photographer in Manchester, his roots embody what Shot Up North is.
Brian has had a famed career photographing people for magazines, the music industry, advertising and landmark national projects.
He has also taken part in countless photographic events around the world, notably at Les Rencontre d’Arles in 1987 where he received the Freedom of the City of Arles.
He was honoured with a one man show at the National Portrait Gallery in 1988. In 1989 the Guardian newspaper proclaimed him “photographer of the decade”.
In 2007 he produced an exhibition and book documenting the re-opening of St Pancreas Station. And in the build up to the London Olympics he launched the exhibition “Road to 2012” with Lord Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes.
He has gone on to be patron of the Derby Festival of Photography and a visiting Professor at Derby University. In 2014 he received a Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University.
As well as continuing to photograph, Brian takes part in photographic festivals around the world, as an exhibitor, guest speaker, and on judging panels, from eastern Europe to the Far East.
Photo of Brian by Ashley Franklin