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ABOUT PAUL BARKER

On this web site you can find out more about the work of Paul Barker, one of the UK’s leading architectural photographers, who contributes on a regular basis to many magazines including Country Life, Homes & Gardens, The World of Interiors and Country Homes and Interiors. He has also produced a number of books and works for English Heritage, The Landmark Trust and The Churches Conservation Trust. Paul was born and continues to live in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. He was brought up on his father’s farm. But his father and elder brother both died at a tragically early age, leaving Paul too young to take on the responsibility of running a farm. The farm was sold leaving Paul to continue his education. On leaving grammar school he went to Leeds to study Photography, Art and Design. With dreams of the high life, Paul left his rural background for the bright lights of London, where he worked for five years as assistant to a number of top fashion photographers. Setting up his own studio Paul worked five more successful years as a freelance fashion photographer working for the leading fashion magazines including Cosmopolitan and Harpers & Queen.

After ten years working in the city Paul decided to return to his roots in Yorkshire. With his love for the countryside, gardens, houses, art and architecture a different direction began to unfold. With contacts he had made whilst in London, his first work as an architectural photographer was published in Homes and Gardens magazine. This was followed by several more commissions for the same magazine and other magazines followed including The Sunday Times, Country Living, World of Interiors and Country Homes and Interiors. But it is his association with Country Life that perhaps Paul is best known, a magazine for which he has now been working for fifteen years. His work with the magazine takes him to every part of Great Britain and Ireland, to many countries in Europe, Australia and the United States. Along with his magazine work Paul has also produced a number of highly successful books on architecture, landscape and gardens.

 

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