Neil Buchan Grant - Bio

I'm a UK based unit stills photographer, trained by veteran stills photographer Nicola Dove (No Time to Die)  Currently living in the Cotswolds, working in London and across the UK. 

Unit Stills: Always ready to adapt and respond to the dynamic pace of a film set, my drive to create powerful marketing images and insightful BTS is balanced with a respect for crew and cast boundaries. I am also adept at creating studio shots for a production’s key art and poster requirements

Background: I started out as an editorial travel photographer working across Europe for one of the world's leading travel publishers. This led to working as a brand ambassador with Olympus Cameras who commissioned me to create fashion stills in New York, Portugal, Hungary and Cuba. My work won many awards including British Travel Press Photographer of the Year. After a further 5 years teaching photography workshops  in locations such as Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, Italy and India, I found my way to working with theatre groups and eventually shooting unit stills on film sets. 

Personal Inspiration: I love photographing drama and beauty and most of all capturing great light! For over 20 years I've been so lucky to shoot travel, portraits, fashion, music, theatre, dance and now film. I've met many kind and talented individuals who have helped me along the way. I'm also a huge dog lover and I'll never miss a chance to capture one, whether its on the street or in my studio.

Location: Cheltenham offers great access to London, Bristol, Birmingham and the Cotswolds, but I'm very happy to work anywhere.

COVID: I'm triple vaxed and test regularly 

Photographic Influences: Lillian Bassman, Saul Leiter, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Elliot Erwitt, Nick Knight, Art Streiber, Jaap Buitendijk, Nick Wall, Nicola Dove

Cinema Influences: The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Pedro Almodovar, Mike Leigh and Denis Villeneuve

Terms: My day rate remains flexible depending on the project and I sometimes work for selected charities but in general, I do not work for free


TESTIMONIALS

Quote (unit stills) "Perfection! - We were filming all over London for one month. Neil made perfect photos, all of them impeccable, interesting, beautiful and useful for us. I couldn’t have asked for someone better"...Elena Conte producer of Tales of Babylon (Ealing Productions)

Quote (unit stills) "Fantastic Photographer, Neil was reliable and the photos he took for us were outstanding. We really couldn't credit him enough, a real joy to have worked with Neil and I would definitely work with him again."...Georgia Immins producer of Night Shift

Quote (unit stills) "Neil did a cracking job. His photos were high quality. He also helped us out on set a great deal and was a great character to have around"....Filip Bos producer of Spoonmaker

Quote (unit stills) "Neil was a fantastic person to have on set, always happy to help out if needed. The photos he got from our shoot were incredible. We would definitely like to have him on future shoots"....Tom Wright producer of The Cobbler

Quote (unit stills) "Neil's photos looked incredible, he added a lot of insight, sharing ideas and angles with our DOP. He was overall great to work with and I would work with him again in a heartbeat."....Roman Kirby producer of 35mm

Quote (unit stills) "Neil took some amazing photos of Joyce and some beautiful atmospheric photos, I love them and can't wait to share them!"....Anette Martinsen actress producer of Joyce

Quote  ("Behind the Catwalk" solo exhibition)  “Great to see a gently lit unobtrusive approach to fashion, illustrating the back stage scene so eloquently…”.......Ian Berry, Magnum Photos 

FILM CREDITS FOR 2022

Tales of Babylon 

Joyce

Night Shift

Spoonmaker 

35mm 

The Cobbler 



AWARDS WON

British Travel Press Photographer of the Year 


AOP Open


Independent on Sunday / Travel Photographer of the Year 


EXHIBITIONS

"India", at the Art Bermondsey Project Space Gallery, London 2016 - (Solo Show)

Portrait Salon, at the RPS Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo 2016 (group show)

"Behind The Catwalk" The Link Gallery, Winchester University 2015  - (Solo Show)

Portrait Salon 2015 - London (group show)

Royal Geographical Society 2015 (TPOTY awards - group show)

Oberstdorf Photo Summit 2015 (Olympus Group Show)

Louvre Paris 2015 (Exposure Awards group show - projected)

Royal Geographical Society 2014 (TPOTY awards - group show)

AOP Awards, The Truman Brewery, London (group show)

Vejer de la Frontera 2009 (solo - just one night in a room above a bar, but a lot of fun!)

BOOKS

Insight Guides: Sicily
Berlitz: Slovenia
Berlitz: Italian Lakes
Berlitz: Genoa and the Ligurian Coast
Berlitz: Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
Insight Guides: Travel Photography
Self Published: European Landscapes
Self Published: Costa de la Luz
Self Published: The Dogs of Cheltenham

CLIENTS

Smart Design (New York + London)
Berlitz
Insight Guides
Royal Festival Hall / Southbank Centre
TG Ski
Olympus Cameras
Lastminute.com
McCormick & Smith Architects
Hemingway Design
Dante or Die Theatre Company
CDB Resorts Portugal
Canon Cameras Europe
Oceania Cruises Florida
Vejer Properties Spain

MAGAZINES

Kuoni Explorer
Photo Professional
Amateur Photographer
Olympus Magazine
Photography News
Digital Camera
Photo Plus
La Luz Publishing
MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Thumbprint

WORKSHOPS  I'VE RUN

KUONI Phototour of Russia

KUONI Phototour of India

KUONI Phototour of Vietnam & Cambodia

Joint workshops with Steve Gosling in Venice and Berlin

Insight Travel Photography Masterclass, Stamfords, Covent Garden, London

Olympus Presentation, The Photography Show

Olympus Presentation, Focus on Imaging

'Be Creative' workshop, exhibition and seminar in Sibiu, Romania

Various workshops and masterclasses for Olympus, Insight Guides, KUONI, Lastminute.com and private clients (tutoring over 250 photographers to date)

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