Established in London in 1991 Allan McPhail Photography provides creative location and studio photography for national and international clients and brands.
Born of Scottish parents Allan was brought up in the industrial North of England. Allan studied photography as part of an art course from the early age of fourteen. Challenged by the school curriculum, Allan turned to the camera as his means of expression.
For a project on the local environment Allan documented in glorious colour the food chain process from “cow” to “steak pie” at a local abattoir. These powerful images so impressed the Head of Art they were exhibited along the staff corridor. Members of the teaching staff were shocked by the graphic images. Allan was backed by his Head of Art who stated … “This is an honest piece of photojournalism that should be displayed”….Allan realised for the first time that he could use a camera to evoke reactions.
Allan continued to study photography, art and design achieving a Higher National Diploma in 1985, before moving to London to pursue his career in photography.
While working as a photographic assistant, Allan developed a portfolio of landscape and still life images prior to teaming-up with agent David Lambert. Commissions soon followed for international clients such as Nike, The Mauritius Tourist Board, Audi and BMW.
Allan has been awarded Silver and Merit Awards from the Association of Photographers in London. D&AD, and a Lion Award from Cannes.
Allan is internationally renowned as a photographer with representation in Europe and the USA.
Through strength of composition, use of available light and open space Allan creates simplistic images that emanate beauty and integrity, His philosophy – “My best picture is the one am about to make”.
Allan has recently been awarded a teaching qualification and is a visiting lecturer at Cleveland College of Art and Design and mentors fellows at Teesside University’s Institute of Digital Innovation.
Mauritian Tourist Board, Spanish Tourist Board, Jersey Tourist Board, Visit Wales, JMC Holidays,British Airways, British Aerospace, BMW, Audi, Daimler Chrysler, Ford, Volvo, Renault, Peugeot, GMC, Sony (Playstation), BBC, Procter & Gamble, London Stock Exchange, Abbey National, Waitrose, DFDS Seaways
If you would like to see a printed portfolio of Allan’s photography please contact the studio or local representatives.