Last week I was privilaged to attend ‘An Evening With John Swannell’, event organised by the Master Photographers Association
If the name is not familiar to you then the images certainly will be. John worked as an assistant to the great David Bailey before going on to buid his own reputation as one of the biggest names in British photography. For in idea of just how wide his portfolio is, take a look at his galleries on the web
As well as his fashion work for various big name publications, his portraits include a who’s who of A list celebrities including Michail Caine, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Tom Jones and Judi Dench. As if that is not enough he has also photographed many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana and her children. In 2012 John had the honour of being commissioned to take the only official portrait of HM The Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
The National Portrait Gallery has over 140 of John’s images in their collection.
For someone with such an impressive CV, he really came across as quite unassuming and was happy to share his knowledge when asked. His stories and anecdotes were delightful as he took us on a journey through his eventful career.
John also does a lot of work in raising funds and awareness of the National Autistic Society
If you get the chance to see an exhibition of his work in your area jump at it – you will not be disappointed.