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SIMON FOWLER by Rob O'Connor The best decision Simon Fowler ever made was to put down his guitar and pick up a camera. That's the photographer Simon Fowler of course, not the musician, the botanist, or any of the other Simon Fowlers thrown up by a gaggle of internet search engines. This is Simon R Fowler, a name synonymous with portrait photography, with quality, experience and personality. (And a name from which you can make the anagram "smile or frown" - an appropriate coincidence for someone who's spent much of his life looking through a lens at people's faces). After studying photography and fine art at Amersham he began his photographic career with LFI (London Features) shooting pictures of the rich and famous for press syndication. It was here that he met fellow snapper Paul Cox, with whom he forged an omnipotent partnership in the early 1980's. In their Fulham studio the pair rubbed shoulders with the likes of Spandau Ballet, Iron Maiden, Boy George, David Cassidy, Meatloaf; anyone, in fact, who meant anything to the vibrant '80's music scene. The images created during these years filled the pop glossies. By the time Fowler had set up in his own bohemian west London mews studio next to design agency Stylorouge, he was Smash Hits photographer of choice. The gangs of young girls who congregated from time to time in the street outside weren't there to admire Mr Fowler's musicianship (his aspirations in that area had diminished after reaching page 7 of the Status Quo songbook), no, these kids were bunking off school to catch a peek of Bros, Kylie, Rick Astley... Whichever pop starlet was being immortalised on film that particular day. Apart from a client base that included every major pop record label Simon found favour with book publishers, news and magazine features editors and the classical music labels, photographing authors, sportsmen and women, comedians and actors. His skill goes way beyond choosing a background colour that doesn't clash with a green Versace suit and a Des O'Connor tan. His pictures flatter, without a doubt, but he manages to cut through the facade of fame, finding the real personality of his subject and exposes it for the world to see. As well as making celebrities of ordinary people, he finds the real people behind the celebrity. Extended working relationships with so many of his clients is testimony to his understanding of the individual and their public image. By the mid '90's his work had taken him all over the world, gaining invaluable experience working on location and still finding the time to build a new darkroom and office space in Bayswater, pick up his youngest of three kids from Cubs and learn four languages (OK, so I lied about the languages). His portfolio now boasted hundreds of record and book covers, ad campaigns and theatre posters. On the classical music side of things alone he had worked with Placido Domingo, Lesley Garrett, Thomas Hampson, Nigel Kennedy and Sir Simon Rattle. Inevitably, Fowler moved into the world of the moving image, directing TV commercials and promo clips, particularly for some of his longest standing clients including Sarah Brightman and Cecilia Bartoli. Still based in west London he continues to photograph people, his affable manner endearing him to young and old alike, and he is also building a collection of personal images for a forthcoming book of his work, tentatively titled "That's nice, what the fuck is it?" Check out his website, you'll love it. Oh yes,I almost for got,he's just started a new blog.

Country: UK




Fine Art

Maiden Nudes

Ice Ice Baby


Katie Price

Hayley Westerna

Francesca Fowler Actress

Charlotte Kerwood/Gold Medalist in Clay Target Shooting

Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton Track Cyclist

Jessica Ennis Heptathlon European Champion

Jessica Ennis

Fran Halsall Medalist in freestyle racing

Ellen Whiticker International Show Jumper


Andrea Singer

Julian Morris Actor

Julian Morris Actor

Danny May Actor

Danny May Actor

Max Brown Actor

Chase Crawford Actor

Chase Crawford

Alisha X Factor

Andrea Bocelli

Blake.Classical Boy Band

Bryne Terfel

Cecelia Bortoli Opera Singer

Jana Kirschner Singer

Chrissie Hynde Pretenders

Jamie Cullum Jazz Singer

Jana Kirscher Singer

All Angels Singers

Kathrine Jenkins Opera Singer

Katie Melua

Katie Melua

Katie Melua

Katie Melua

Lessley Garrett Opera Singer

Natalie Dassay Opera Singer


Micheal Owen

PJ Harvey

Sarah Brightman Marrakesh

Nicola Benedetti Violinist

Giles Andrea better known as Purple Ronnie

Sarah Brightman Marrakesh

Sarah Brightman Marrakesh

Sarah Brightman South of France

Sarah Brightman Lanzarote

Sarah Brightman SoF

Sarah Brightman England

Sarah Brightman England

Jana Kirschner Singer Prague

Jana Kirschner Singer Prague

Jana Kirschner Singer Prague


Heather Nova Bermuda

Wayne Rooney Manchester Training Ground


Ray of Light

Always Ireland

A Balcony witha view

Dawn in Marrakesh

Bell Tower Venice

Long Live Intra-Red

Eileen Donan

South Africa


Pen Ponds

Richmond Park

Rohampton Stream

Rock Solid

Someone's going to wet

Tuscany Storm

Just a bit closer

Sweet Dreams

Man in Motion


Patrick in the Pool


Traffic Light



The Gang

Head On

Flower and Silk

Micro Planet

Micro Planet 2

Venice Masks

Richmond Park

Ireland Rocks


Heavy Metal

Winter Sunset Richmond

Maiden girl 1

maiden girl 5

Maiden girl 8

maiden montarge a

Miaden girl 2

tattoo Maiden

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