I’ve been directing TVC’s, music videos and documentaries for the last 15 years. Before that, I’d been a producer and record business executive for Warner Brothers and Sire bouncing across the Atlantic between London and New York.
My passion for filmmaking and photography gradually developed to the point I was able to make it my full-time profession and I’ve never looked back. Some of my work has achieved cult status with Satyricon’s "King" video having over 6 million views and I've exhibited my photography in Dubai, New York London and Oslo a well as winning the Guardian photographic prize.
It was on a visit to Dubai on the cusp of 2000 to see my sister’s family that I became intrigued by the Middle East. My father had caught the bug back in the ’70s and fell in love with Oman and Kuwait while building the early motorway infrastructure. So it was no surprise I should follow in his footsteps, as he too was an enthusiastic photographer.
Time spent freelancing in the UAE, Africa, and the USA was to eventually lead to a major opportunity in Saudi Arabia
as a creative director for oil giant Aramco. Since returning to the UK I've been lucky enough to find work with charities including Chance 4 Change, Handheld Stories, and Restless Development in Nepal and India.
2015: Exposure show included a digital installation at the Louvre in Paris. 2016 saw my first exposure in National Geographic's digital edition and projects in South Dakota, USA. 2018 has seen a move into curation at Liverpool's Avenue HQ and more portrait work, building new contacts in Leeds and London for corporate projects.
Shooting the Mandela family for a week this summer 2022 was a career highlight as well as expand watching my photography business expand to London, Leeds & Sheffield. I am looking into opportunities to do some part time lecturing in film and photography as well as bring the hundreds of portraits of my late mother to life in a unique & I hope
surprising way some time in 2023.
I hope you enjoy the site and maybe we can work together making images in 2023
© johnhollingsworth 2023