John Swannell Art & Photography

Photographer John Swannell is renowned for creating once in a lifetime images and has worked with big-name publishers, such as Vogue and Tatler throughout his career. Most notably, John Swannell has photographed the royal family as well as many other well-known celebrities. John Swannell's photos are strikingly unique and sure to be the centrepiece of any room. Clarendon holds some of the most iconic John Swannell photos and prints - browse the full collection below.

John Swannell Artist Information

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Biography

John Swannell’s photography resonates with character and originality. Over the last four decades his ability create head turning images has led to numerous commissions and his work is prized all over the world. Born in 1946, John worked first as an assistant at Vogue Studios and then assisted David Bailey for four years before setting up his own studio. He worked for magazines including Vogue, Harpers & Queen, the Sunday Times and Tatler. During this time he developed his distinctive, individual style.

After a range of invitations to exhibit in such prestigious locations as the Royal Academy and the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh he was awarded a fellowship of the Royal PhotographicSociety - one of the youngest members to have achieved this status at the time. In November 1994, Diana, Princess of Wales, personally commissioned John to photograph her together with her two sons. This was followed by a one man show of his portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London to celebrate the publication of his book ‘Twenty Years On’ which is now held in their archives.

John has photographed numerous member of the British royal family and a huge array of celebrities from all walks of life. The National Portrait Gallery in London has over fifty of his photographs, and The V&A, The National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Royal Photographic Society now have many of John’s works in their permanent collections. Amongst other commissions he took the photographs for the cover of Tony and Cherie Blair’s book, and done the promotional shoots for many top West End theatrical productions.



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Come and meet John Swannell at Daylesford Organic

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John Swannell has been invited by Lady Bamford to celebrate the launch of his new book with an exhibition and signing in the idyllic setting of Daylesford Organic in the Cotswolds.

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John Swannell has been invited by Lady Bamford to celebrate the launch of his new book with an exhibition and signing in the idyllic setting of Daylesford Organic in the Cotswolds.

Come and meet John Swannell at Clarendon Fine Art Mayfair

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This exclusive event hosted by Clarendon Fine Art in Mayfair celebrates the launch of John Swannell’s magnificent new book and accompanying exhibition. Forty Years On includes over 200 photographs from the man described by the Daily Telegraph as “A legend in British photography”, The exhibition shows many of his favourite photographs, including international fashion shots previously published in Vogue and Harpers & Queen and images of famous faces including Helena Bonham Carter and Her Majesty the Queen. 

We look forward to welcoming you into the gallery for an extraordinary encounter.

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