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Profoto Interviews Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis 18th February 2019

Profoto Interviews Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis 18th February 2019

Thank you to Profoto's Ailish Cook for interviewing me about my portraiture, recent projects and awards. I’ll be speaking for Profoto at the upcoming Photography Show in Birmingham from 16th - 19th March 2019. Read the full interview on Profoto’s Website, transcript also below.

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Practical Photography Magazine Interview's Rory Lewis October 2018

Practical Photography Magazine Interview's Rory Lewis October 2018

Thank you to Louise Carey, Features Editor of Practical Photography Magazine publishing a feature on my Portraitist Exhibition. I was delighted to speak about several of the celebrity portrait sittings, my techniques and style.

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Winner of the Portrait of Britain 2018

Winner of the Portrait of Britain 2018

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of British Army Soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny. Deborah serving 30 years in the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as a Bomb disposal expert; made Army history as the first transgender Soldier to serve in the front line.

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Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE Portrait Sitting

Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE Portrait Sitting

Delighted to work with Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE, who commissioned a military portrait sitting at his Headquarters in Aldershot. A tall and imposing man, Lieutenant General Bashall was a hero of the Iraq War. He commanded the 1st Mechanised Brigade in Basra, in 2007. 

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1st Battalion, The Rifles Portrait Sittings

1st Battalion, The Rifles Portrait Sittings

The subjects of my first photoshoot, where the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Rifles. I discovered little has changed since the Napoleonic Wars. The Rifles, are still at the forefront of battle, trained as marksmen. They don’t carry a flag. Instead, their Battle Honours are carried on Parade uniforms.

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Major-General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO Portrait Sitting

Major-General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO Portrait Sitting

A recent portrait commission from The Royal Regiment of Scotland to capture Major General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO. The General posed in his uniform as Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

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BBC News Interview (The 'changing face' of the British Army) 3rd February 2018

BBC News Interview (The 'changing face' of the British Army) 3rd February 2018

Thank you to BBC News Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, who attended the opening of Soldiery British Army Portraits on 31st January 2018 at the National Army Musuem. Taking the time to interview myself and several of the sitters. Please see full transcript below.

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Soldiery British Army Portraits Exhibition The National Army Museum 31st January 2018

Soldiery British Army Portraits Exhibition The National Army Museum 31st January 2018

Two years in the making and Soldiery British Army Portraits opened at The National Army Museum in London on 31st January 2018. It was delightful to finally hang the work in its rightful home.

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General Sir Nicholas Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Portrait Sitting

General Sir Nicholas Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Portrait Sitting

My latest Portrait commission from the British Army took place with General Sir Nick Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Chief of the General Staff. The General was in need of a portrait to be placed in the gallery of former Chiefs of the General Staff.

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Winner of the Portrait of Britain 2017

Winner of the Portrait of Britain 2017

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of Captain Anani-Isaac of The Royal Lancers. Captured for Soldiery (British Army Portraits), has been selected to appear in a Nationwide Exhibition. Shortlisted from 8000 entires, 100 Portraits of the exhibition will go live on Friday 1st September 2017.

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1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Portrait Sittings

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Portrait Sittings

My final Infantry regimental sittings of my Soldiery Portrait Project took place with The Coldstream Guards. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War. The regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country’s monarchs since.

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Liverpool Echo Interview April 12th 2017

Liverpool Echo Interview April 12th 2017

Thank you to Paddy Shennan at the Liverpool Echo for running a feature on my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition which previews in Liverpool in June for Armed Forces Day.

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The Royal Lancers Portraits

The Royal Lancers Portraits

Soldiery British Army Projects is a project I’ve been working on for nearly 12 months. Photoshoots have taken me all over the UK & Europe capturing portraits of the Men and Women of the British Army.

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are probably the most famous of the mounted soldiers, symbolic due to their Buckingham Palace connections. Photographing these troops required meeting them on home turf of Knightsbridge.

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2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Portrait Sittings

2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Portrait Sittings

Working with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was one of the highlights of my Soldiery Project. Many civilians will know something about the Gurkhas. The Regiment carries no flag or pennant, but instead a battle honour is displayed on their chest belt. I was honoured to to capture their unique ceremonial staff, the Queen’s Truncheon, presented to the Regiment in 1863 for their loyalty and service to the Crown.

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1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment

Based in Tidworth the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment parade iconic ceremonial uniforms dating back to the days of Victoria, and the height of the British Empire.

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Lieutenant Colonel McKay MBE, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards Portrait Sitting

 Lieutenant Colonel McKay MBE, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards Portrait Sitting

Arriving at the barracks of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, I was met by the Regimental Sergeant Major, a six foot three inch imposing soldier. It was an exciting prospect to work with the Regimental Commanding Officer.

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Major General Tim Robinson CBE Portrait Sitting

Major General Tim Robinson CBE Portrait Sitting

Retiring from the Army senior military leader Major General Tim Robinson CBE, commissioned a portrait at Army Head quarters in Andover. With a military career spanning two decades, seeing active service and leading troops in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

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