Marc Aitken has been surrounded by fashion, photographers and models for as long as he can remember. His mother was 60’s model Pamela Portman, who ran her own model agency in London and whose circle included everyone from legendary fashion photographer Norman Parkinson to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
He studied theatre lighting and set design at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a career in theatre and rock ’n roll followed during which he worked on the original Kate Bush tour and spent many years working in London’s West End Theatre industry.
More recently, he has worked with both Peter Gabriel and renowned music video director Dick Caruthers, filming artists as diverse as Rush to Usher. In his former life he has produced events for corporate clients such as Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Disney and NASA. Marc is a veteran of over 17 seasons at London Fashion Week, and has produced work for The Body Shop, Christopher Kane and Burberry amongst many others. His runway work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, The Times and The Guardian.
He draws Inspiration from many sources; from Italian Vogue to the films of Ridley Scott. His experience of set design, theatre lighting and film-making gives his photography a filmic and theatrical edge, allowing him to tell a story through the still image.
“I love fashion, I grew up surrounded by it. The 1960’s are a big influence on me and I am always trying to sneak a bit of that Pop Art glamour and fun into everything I do”.
Mark Mann is a celebrity and advertising photographer. He was born in Glasgow, where he lived until he went to study in the prestigious photographic program at Manchester Polytechnic. Before long, the recent graduate was assisting innovative fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, learning the ropes and building his own body of work. Three years later, Mark started shooting on his own, relocating to New York City.
Capturing a moment that feels real with a well-known personality means watching for that brief flicker of true feeling that peeks out from behind the mask, the unselfconscious laugh, the beat before the in-breath.
Mark shares anecdotes and lessons learned from capturing the inner light of some of the most extraordinary and highly celebrated personalities in the world.
Tim Grey is passionate about traveling the world with his camera and sharing his knowledge and experience with other photographers. As a respected educator, Tim has written eighteen books on a variety of subjects related to photography, has published over two hundred video training courses, and has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer, among others. For more than nineteen years Tim has been answering questions from photographers in his daily Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter. He teaches through hands-on workshops and presents at a variety of events around the world.