Brian Aris is a British photographer who began career as a photojournalist. Initially, he was a front line photographer of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the plight of Palestinian children in Jordan, the civil war in Lebanon, famine in Africa and the Vietnam War. He then decided to change direction and become a photographer of fashion and glamour models, as well as stars of the music industry for newspapers and magazines. He has photographed Twiggy, Wham, George Michael, Mike Oldfield, Lynsey de Paul, Alvin Stardust, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Elton John, Debbie Harry, The Clash, The Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music. Duran Duran and The Police. In 1979, he photographed Kate Bush during the Tour of Life.
He went on to photograph Her Majesty the Queen Mother at Clarence House and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret at Kensington Palace. He was then commissioned to produce the official portraits marking both Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th birthday and, later, the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her marriage to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Brian has also been commissioned to photograph the Duke of York, the Duchess of York and most recently the wedding of Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips.
For many years now Brian has worked closely with Twiggy and his pictures of the supermodel are among the photographs he has on show at The National Portrait Gallery in London. His images of Mick Jagger were have been shown at the prestigious Recontres D’Arles exhibition in France and he has also recently had his first exhibition at the Royal Circle of Art in Barcelona. His archive represents one of the largest individual collections in the UK.