AWARDS & MENTIONS
Selected The Portrait Salon 2015
Shortlisted for the Portrait of Britain 2018
SELECTED PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS
Sir John Major, KG, CH, PC (Former PM)
General Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE
Major General Susan Ridge
Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, GCB, CBE, ADC
Admiral Sir George Zambellas, GCB, DSC, ADC, DL, FRAeS
FEATURED PORTRAIT SITTINGS
His Royal Highness commissioned a 2nd portrait sitting at Kensington Palace in London. This time H.R.H sat in Royal Naval Uniform. Prince Michael holds the rank of Vice Admiral Royal Naval Reserve.
Recently I was commissioned by Curtis Brown Management to capture a series of promotional portraiture for Karl Pilkington. An English travel show presenter, actor, author and all-round funny man who shot to fame alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant with the radio programme, the Ricky Gervais Show.
The Major-General commanding the Household Division commands the Household Division of the British Army. He is also General Officer Commanding London District. The Major- General has sole responsibility for the Service aspect of all State and ceremonial occasions within London District, having executive command of the Household Division.
Actor James Purefoy is a remarkable stage and screen presence. From jousting Heath Ledger in 2001’s pulpy A Knight’s Tale to manipulating a cult of serial killers in Fox’s The Following, James has appeared in a wider range of film, television and theatre productions than the lion’s share of his contemporaries.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent, and King George VI. He has held the title of Duke of Kent for over 76 years. Recently I had photographed The Duke’s brother H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent. Hearing about my work, His Royal Highness commissioned a portrait at St James Palace in London.
During my trip to LA in October 2018, I contacted Armin to arrange a second portrait sitting. My first took place in 2015 and I was anxious to have another opportunity to create a series of theatrical portraits. Armin Shimerman is an actor, known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), The Hitcher (1986) and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009).
One of the most challenging sittings of my career, I was recently commissioned to capture a portrait of former Prime Minister David Cameron. Serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. Brexit has been a challenging time in British Politics, resulting in David Cameron’s resignation.
Ciarán was very kind to accept my invitation to sit for a portrait in March of this year. The sitting was very memorable, Hinds was astonishing, creating expressions and emotions that almost hold the viewer. My directional inspiration for the sitting flowed from three themes. The first to capture Ciarán as a penitent man, who believes, the second, a focused individual, the third a man who doubts. Hinds created complex and vigorous characters were embodied by energy and animation.
Paul Crowther, OBE is a police officer of the United Kingdom. Since March 2014, he has been Chief Constable of the British Transport Police (BTP). I’m no stranger to photographing high profile public officials. I’m a professional portrait photographer, I will forever be a historian in my heart.
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.
H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD is a member of the British Royal Family. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. His Royal Highness commissioned a portrait at the London Studio.
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.
Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie GCB, LVO, OBE, DL was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997 and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.
Guthrie’s military career saw service with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service; he was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland and provided advice to the British Government during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War.
Often commissioned by Corporate & Government Clients for Portrait Sittings. I’m no stranger to photographing headshots of prominent business, legal and political officials. Non of these sittings have been more unique than a photoshoot with Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Actress Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and The Tudors. Sat for a portrait at the London Studio several weeks ago. I wrote to Natalie inviting her to sit for my Expressive Portraits Project just over a year ago; it just goes to show how many letters and requests she receives. Natalie is exceptionally talented with an incredible natural beauty.
Actor Julian Bleach accepted my invitation to sit for a Portrait at the London Studio. Julian is best known as co-creator and “MC” of Shockheaded Peter, a musical entertainment based on the works of Heinrich Hoffmann, which won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Recently I was commissioned to capture a portrait of Iain Duncan-Smith MP. Renowned as a veteran soldier, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, Former Leader of the Conservative Party, and Secretary for Work and Pensions, his political career rivals many, and as such earns him a place of historical significance in British Politics.
As luck would have it while on assignment in Los Angeles Actor Mark Margolis, and his wife Actress Jacqueline Margolis where staying in the same Studio City hotel. I recognised Mark in the lobby having a sneaky cigarette, and introduced myself, he was very approachable and chatty. Mark has starred in dozens & dozens of films, from 1492 to Hannibal, The Wrestler and of course Scarface.
Steven Berkoff is an English actor who has also enjoyed prominent success as an author, playwright and theatre director. Often cast as the ‘big bad’ in his films, he has appeared in the likes of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Octopussy and as Adolf Hitler in the TV mini-series War and Remembrance.
Sir Stuart Peach is a veteran soldier who has amassed a staggering 38 years of service in the Royal Air Force, earning the rank Air Chief Marshal. Even though I’m a professional photographer, I will forever be a historian in my heart. Over the years, I have managed to hone my skills and discovered how to marry my passion with my profession.
Many may not know, that despite living in my home town of Liverpool and having my studio in the city, I work both Nationally and Internationally. Actor Brent Spiner, who best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Lister! “Sorry ‘i’m a Red Dwarf Fan”……. Craig Charles star of Coronation Street, Red Dwarf and Robot Wars, recently sat for a portrait session in Manchester. Craig was in need of new promotional material for his DJ and Radio Work. I am no stranger to working with Musicians, DJ”s and Talent.
General Sir Nicholas Houghton is Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces. At the beginning of this year, I wrote a letter to Ministry of Defence Head Quarters at Whitehall to invite General Houghton to Sit for a Northerners Photography Exhibition Portrait, the General being from Otley, Yorkshire.
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.
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.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUISITIONS
We are pleased to announce that a portrait of British Army Soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny captured by Rory Lewis Photographer November 2017 in London, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London.
We are pleased to announce that a portrait of Actor Rufus Sewell (Dark City, The Man in the High Castle & Victoria) captured by Rory Lewis Photographer in Los Angeles last month, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London. The Portrait represents Rory Lewis SIXTH National Portrait Gallery Acquisition.
We are pleased to announce that a series of portraits of Victoria & George Cross Holders captured by Rory Lewis Photographer, have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London. The Portraits where taken for the ‘Victoria & George Cross Association.
We are pleased to announce that a portrait of Actor David Warner (Titanic, Time Bandits, Omen) taken by Rory Lewis Photographer, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London. The portrait sitting was David’s the first he has attended since Cecil Beaton photographed him in 1966.
PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
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Thank you to BBC in Pictures Corespondent Phil Coomes, interviewing me about my Portraitist Photography Exhibition. The exhibition opens at Wex Photographic’s Gallery in Whitechapel on 1st August 2019.Please see full transcript below.
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.
Thank you to BBC Corespondent Chris Long interviewing me about my Northerners Photography Exhibition. Speaking in particular about my sittings with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, full transcript below.
In recent weeks, a new portrait of the Duke of Kent has been taken. It’s the work of top photographer, Rory Lewis, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood as well as many of the leading figures in the military. Royal Central spoke to Rory Lewis about working with royalty and telling a story that will last generations.
Thank you to French Magazine Monarchie Britannique, interviewing me about my recent Royal Portrait sittings with H.R.H Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, & H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent.
Thank you to Spanish Photography Magazine Dodho, interviewing me about my latest opus Selah. The magazine previewed a series of portraits from the project.
Thank you to Sandrine Hermand-Grise, Editor of All About Photo Magazine, interviewing me about my current Selah portrait project. Delighted to share a selection of the portraits and a behind the scenes video from one of the most recent sessions. In which I recreated the 'Neophyte' by Gustave Doré. Read the full interview on All About Photo’s Website, transcript also below.
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.
Thank you to the Guardian’s Tim Jonze interviewing me for the Best Shot Column about my recent portrait sitting with former Prime Minister David Cameron. Link to the article, transcript also below.
Thank you to Paddy Shennan at the Liverpool Echo for running a feature on my recent work in Los Angeles, London and New York. Liverpool is still my home and its wonderful to share my latest work with the City. The article features my work with Sir Patrick Stewart, Natalie Dormer, William Shatner, James Purefoy and Stephen Graham transcript below.
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.
Thank you to Kingsley Singleton at Photo Professional Magazine, interviewing me about my Portraitist Exhibition which opens on 1st August 2018 at Wex Photo & Video London. The article features my portrait of Actor Rufus Sewell, captured in Los Angeles. The portrait among over 30 others will hang until 25th September 2018. Interview transcript below.
Thank you to Sarah Roberts interviewing me for The British Journal of Photography, we spoke about my recent projects and winning The Portrait of Britain. See the full interview transcript below.
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.
Thank you to to The Royal Photographic Society featuring my Northerners Photography Exhibition in February’s Society Journal. Full transcript below.
SPEAKING & EVENTS
Thank you to Epson & Profoto for inviting me to represent them at the Birmingham NEC, Photography Show 2019. It was a very enjoyable four days meeting new faces and reconnecting with old ones.
The Photography Show offers everything any photographer, enthusiast or pro could possibly dream of; from the latest kit by leading brands to inspiring talks and demos from some of the best names in the industry.
I was delighted to teach a Portrait Masterclass at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The third time the gallery has invited me to work with them, and it is a real treat to use the Collection as inspiration. I had the pleasure of working with 12 delegates. No stranger to the gallery I’m always popping my head through the door, to gorge upon the feast of art and intrigue. Over the years seven of my portraits have been acquired by the Gallery.
Thank you to everyone who attended my first Italian Exhibition 11th – 14th December 2018 at Palazzo Cusani in Milan. The exhibition featuring portraits from my Soldati della Repubblica project. In which I spent the summer of 2018, travelling across Italy, capturing portraits of the wonderfully historic and diverse Italian Army.
Thank you to everyone who attended the open evening of Portraitist, at the Wex Photographic Gallery in London. It was a pleasure to share my latest portraiture, with over 100 VIP guests. Including several of the sitters, Steven Berkoff, Ciarán Hinds, Wolf Kahler and David Bamber.
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.
It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. As you may have noticed there is a great deal of Renaissance Italian influence in my portraiture.
As a military portrait photographer, I have been tasked on many occasions with capturing the Regimental Colours, Guidon’s and Standards. It has been an immense honour to behold the Colours of British, Canadian & Italian Regiments.
Robert Broski is an actor, known for Trip to the Moon, Twin Peaks and U.S. Grant: American Warrior. I spotted Robert on Backstage, looking for interesting faces to capture in Los Angeles.
The Cuirassiers' Regiment (Reggimento Corazzieri, previously Comando Carabinieri Guardie del Presidente della Repubblica) is an Italian elite military unit and the honour guard of the President of the Italian Republic. Their motto "Virtus in periculis firmior" means Courage becomes stronger in danger.”
Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not just a powerful screen presence—his iconic turn as the leader of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise is now considered one of the most instantly recognisable TV roles in pop culture. Sir Patrick Stewart, recently sat for a portrait in New York, captured by Fine Art Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis.
It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. As you may have noticed their is a great deal of renaissance Italian influence in my portraiture.
In his depiction of the doubting apostle Saint Thomas, he holds the spear that he was martyred with near Madras. The portrait inspired a recent sitting for my Selah project, with Actor Tony Amendola. Tony boasts a noble profile, sitting for me several times over the past few years, he is one of my favourite subjects.