Neil Buchan Grant - Biography

I'm a photographer based near Ross on Wye, England. After years of making pictures for fun, my work was noticed by a publisher and I was given the opportunity to photograph travel guides for Berlitz and Insight Guides. Over 8 years my pictures won several awards including the British Travel Press Photographer of the Year. During these travel assignments I developed a greater interest in portraiture.  I felt increasingly compelled to photograph the many strangers I encountered, from people in the street to municipal workers, wedding guests, waiters, fishermen, tourists and anyone who caught my interest. These fleeting interactions became the highlights of each assignment for me. Later, editing the portraits, I would marvel at the beauty of these strangers. It sometimes felt like I had captured something of their essence in my photograph. A fanciful notion, perhaps, that one could glimpse a person's soul from viewing a mere photograph. Whatever it was, I loved the process and I soon moved from photographing strangers to working with more willing subjects from actors and models to corporate clients. Broadening my scope from editorial to include commercial work, I've since been commissioned by many interesting people and companies from the worlds of fashion, stage performance, design, events and tourism.

I also enjoy helping others make the most of  their photography so I offer 1-2-1 tuition, zoom consultations, portfolio reviews and I run overseas Phototours for KUONI. Wherever we go, I continue to engage with the strangers we meet and I encourage my clients to do the same. Often we also work with a local model, dancer or actor to enrich our experience of photographing a new culture. Whatever the majesty of the sights we witness on these tours, it is often the 'model days' which emerge as the clients' highlight, photographically. 

History:  I was a brand Ambassador (UK) and Visionary (European) for the Japanese camera company Olympus for 5 years, I've had two solo exhibitions and I have been published in a number of books and magazines.

Inspiration: Lillian Bassman, Saul Leiter, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Elliot Erwitt, Nick Knight, Sam Jones, Michael Muller, Art Streiber

Quotes

Quote for "Behind the Catwalk" solo exhibition 2015:  “Great to see a gently lit unobtrusive approach to fashion, illustrating the back stage scene so eloquently…”.......Ian Berry, Magnum 

Quote when viewing my work for his New York workshop: "Fuck....dude!"....David Alan Harvey, Magnum

AWARDS WON

British Travel Press Photographer of the Year 


AOP Open Award 


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

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 / SEMINARS

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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