Fergus Greer: Photographer in Focus
Past display archive
7 March - 10 September 2006
A display at the National Portrait Gallery, of over twenty portraits from the worlds of literature, film, politics and music, celebrates the acquisition of an important archive of fifty portraits, spanning the last fifteen years, taken by leading international photographer Fergus Greer.
Born in England and brought up in Southern Ireland, Greer studied at St Martin's School of Art, London. He then went to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and served four years with the Irish Guards. Greer left the army to pursue a career in photography, first working as a photographic assistant with a number of photographers including Richard Avedon and later as studio manager to Terence Donovan. As a freelance photographer, Greer worked for a variety of magazines and regularly shot covers for The Sunday Times Magazine. He moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and photographed for leading American and international magazines as well as continuing to work on personal projects.
As an officially accredited war artist he documented the war in Kosovo, and a book of these photographs, was published in June 2001. He also collaborated with the Australian performance artist Leigh Bowery to produce Leigh Bowery Looks: Photographs 1988-1994 (2001). After ten years in Los Angeles, Greer has recently returned to live in London and has set up his studio in Chelsea.
Greer first exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001 in the display Film Directors: Photographs by Fergus Greer featuring prominent filmmakers from the past sixty years. Subjects included Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and Mike Leigh.
by Fergus Greer
Supported by Deloitte