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Jack English’s love of film led him towards a career as a photographer

Sometimes in life we are led down one path, only for it to lead to another… no less so for Jack English, whose passionate love of film led him towards a career as a photographer… a career that ironically led him back to film as one of the most renowned film still and portrait photographers around.

Jack has been responsible for stills on some of the most exciting, award-winning films around; Fifth Element, Nil by Mouth, Joan of Arc, Tyrannosaur and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Directors he works with include Luc Besson, James Ivory (of Merchant Ivory) and Gary Oldman to name but a few.

And with his boundaries pushing beyond film, Jack English has photographed celebrities from Audrey Tatou, Pete Townshend, Helena Christensen, and Andy Warhol to Chet Baker and Eric Clapton. His photographs, famous the world over for their ability to really capture the truth of their subject and wouldn’t be out of place in the National Portrait Gallery.

Some have been exhibited as part of a Paul Smith exhibition, traversing Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York.

In London recently, Creative Mapping met up with Jack who told us more about his collaborations, as well as the creative process he applies to the work that has resulted in a massively successful career spanning over two decades and counting.

Photography copyright: Jack English, Gary Oldman, Luc Besson, Clare Elliott, Eric Clapton, Emma Booth, John Hurt, Robert de Niro