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  • Close up shot of Annie Lennox, Eurythmics photographed in London in 1983 by Brian Aris
  • Debbie Harry reclining on a chair in her New York apartment in 1988
  • Kate Bush at Old Street, London in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Madonna against a smokey red background in London in 1984 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Annie Lennox, Eurythmics posing in London in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Annie Lennox, Eurythmics dressed in back leather in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Debbie Harry, Blondie on a shoot in London in 1977 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Debbie Harry, Blondie on the Isle of Scilly in 1982 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Chris Martin from Coldplay photographed by Brian Aris in London in 2014
  • David Bowie wearing a green Thierry Mugler suit photographed by Brian Aris in Dubin in 1991
  • David Bowie wearing Versace at Holborn Studios, London in 1987 photographed by Brian Aris
  • David Bowie and Mick Jagger at the Royal Albert Hall in 1988 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Brian Arid of Debbie Harry that formed the basis for the cover of her first solo album Kookoo released in 1987
  • Contact sheet of Debbie Harry, Blondie photographed by Brian Aris in London in 1977
  • George Harrison at home with his guitar collection in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris
  • George Michael photographed in London in 2011 by Brian Aris
  • George Michael relaxing in St Tropez, France in 1988 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Contact sheet of The Jam taken by photographer Brian Aris in London in 1977
  • Joni Mitchell in her LA studio in 1985 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Keith Richards, Rolling Stones in Massachusetts, USA in 1981 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Mick Jagger (RS002BRAR)
  • Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods in Paris in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Sting, Police on a New York rooftop in 1991 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Sting backstage in Germany in 1996 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Tina Turner at Holborn Studios, London in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris
  • Tina Turner photographed by Brian Aris at Holborn Studios in 1983

Brian Aris

Brian Aris is one of the UK's most acclaimed music and celebrity photographers whose archive dates back to 1965. During his esteemed career, he photographed David Bowie, Debbie Harry, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Kate Bush, and the late Queen Elizabeth II, to name just a few.

Brian began his career as a photojournalist during the 1960s. Over the next nine years, a series of frontline assignments took him around the world - to cover the civil unrest and riots at the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the plight of Palestinian children in Jordan, and the tragic famine that raged across Africa. He also documented the war in Vietnam, where he worked until the final days of the conflict in Saigon.

In the late 1970s, Brian decided to move away from photojournalism and embark on a complete change of direction, so he opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines. His work started to include musicians and one of the first sessions he undertook was photographing Debbie Harry from Blondie in 1977.

It was a shoot that hugely influenced his career. Brian recalled in an interview with The Independent in 2017, “That session really did convince me to continue photographing the pop stars that were emerging in England and America. But not for a minute could I imagine what was coming. From rock and roll to glam rock and punk and all the variations, the music business in London seemed to explode. And I was very privileged to be there at that time and have so many of those creative people stand in front of my lens."

Over time his studio work also began to include more pop and rock stars such as The Jam, The Clash, George Michael, Roxy Music and The Police and eventually Brian decided to concentrate full-time on documenting the music industry. During the next two decades, Brian Aris shot every aspect of the music scene from punk and rock ‘n’ roll right through to the emergence of boy bands and girl power.

A highlight of his career was when Brian was asked to take the exclusive official pictures of the all-superstar Band Aid line-up when they got together to record the record-breaking fund-raising hit single Do They Know It’s Christmas? to help the victims of the Ethiopian famine. He had been asked to take the pictures by Sir Bob Geldoff and later went on to shoot the Live Aid and Live8 concerts that followed. Brian was also commissioned to produce official portraits to mark the late Queen Elizabeth II's 70th birthday in 1996 and later in 1997 for her and Prince Philip's Golden Wedding Anniversary.

One of Brian's most notable bodies of work is the photographs he took of David Bowie between 1985 and 2000. These include backstage shots from Live Aid in 1985, photos of his marriage to Iman in 1992, and Bowie working with Tin Machine in Dublin in 1991. Brian said to The Independent, “I got to see the wonderfully modest and generous man behind the public image. He was a truly original talent and a great musician".

Brian Aris's extraordinary archive represents one of the largest individual photography collections in the UK. We are delighted to offer a selection of his limited edition prints for sale.

Close up shot of Annie Lennox, Eurythmics photographed in London in 1983 by Brian Aris

Annie Lennox

Stunning shot taken in 1983 of Annie Lennox wearing a striking make-up style that was originally created by artist Sue Mann

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Debbie Harry reclining on a chair in her New York apartment in 1988

Blondie

Debbie Harry reclining on a chair in her New York apartment in 1988. Her portrait by Andy Warhol is resting on a radiator in the background.

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Kate Bush at Old Street, London in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris

Kate Bush

Beautiful image of Kate Bush taken by Brian Aris at his Old Street Studio, London in 1979

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Madonna against a smokey red background in London in 1984 photographed by Brian Aris

Madonna

This image of Madonna was taken by Brian Aris in London in 1984 on one of her first trips to the UK.

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Annie Lennox, Eurythmics posing in London in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics photographed at Holborn Studios in London in 1983.

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Annie Lennox, Eurythmics dressed in back leather in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics dressed in black leather from head to toe photographed at Holborn Studios in London in 1983.

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Debbie Harry, Blondie on a shoot in London in 1977 photographed by Brian Aris

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, Blondie photographed wearing an Andy Warhol t-shirt in London in 1977.

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Debbie Harry, Blondie on the Isle of Scilly in 1982 photographed by Brian Aris

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry on the Isles of Scilly in 1982 during a video shoot for Blondie's single Islands of Lost Souls

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Chris Martin from Coldplay photographed by Brian Aris in London in 2014

Coldplay

Chris Martin from Coldplay photographed in London in 2014.

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David Bowie wearing a green Thierry Mugler suit photographed by Brian Aris in Dubin in 1991

David Bowie

David Bowie photographed in a lime green Thierry Mugler suit at The Factory in Dublin, Ireland in 1991.

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David Bowie wearing Versace at Holborn Studios, London in 1987 photographed by Brian Aris

David Bowie

Stunning image of David Bowie wearing a blue suit and Versace shirt in Holborn, London in 1993

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David Bowie and Mick Jagger at the Royal Albert Hall in 1988 photographed by Brian Aris

David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger and David Bowie on stage at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 1988.

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Brian Arid of Debbie Harry that formed the basis for the cover of her first solo album Kookoo released in 1987

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry portrait taken in New York in 1987 and later used as the cover of KooKoo Debbie's first solo album.

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Contact sheet of Debbie Harry, Blondie photographed by Brian Aris in London in 1977

Debbie Harry

Contact sheet of photographs of Debbie Harry, Blondie taken by Brian Aris at his studio in Old Street, London in 1977

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George Harrison at home with his guitar collection in 1979 photographed by Brian Aris

George Harrison

Beatle George Harrison photographed with his guitar collection at his home in Henley on Thames in 1979

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George Michael photographed in London in 2011 by Brian Aris

George Michael

George Michael photographed on the set for the video of “An Easier Affair" in London in 2011.

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George Michael relaxing in St Tropez, France in 1988 photographed by Brian Aris

George Michael

George Michael photographed poolside at a villa in St.Tropez, France in 1988

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Contact sheet of The Jam taken by photographer Brian Aris in London in 1977

The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam shot at Old Street, London by Brian Aris in 1977

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Joni Mitchell in her LA studio in 1985 photographed by Brian Aris

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell at her studio in Los Angeles in 1985 with her paintings in the background.

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Keith Richards, Rolling Stones in Massachusetts, USA in 1981 photographed by Brian Aris

Keith Richards

Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones relaxing at Longview Farm, Massachusettes in 1981

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Mick Jagger (RS002BRAR)

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger photographed showing off the diamond in his front tooth at Holborn Studios in London in 1983.

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Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods in Paris in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris

Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood having fun in Paris in 1983.

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Sting, Police on a New York rooftop in 1991 photographed by Brian Aris

Sting

Sting from Police photographed on a rooftop in New York, USA in 1991.

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Sting backstage in Germany in 1996 photographed by Brian Aris

Sting

Sting backstage in his dressing room in Germany in 1996 performing his yoga exercises before going on stage.

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Tina Turner at Holborn Studios, London in 1983 photographed by Brian Aris

Tina Turner

Tina Turner photographed by Brian Aris at Holborn Studios in London in 1983.

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Tina Turner photographed by Brian Aris at Holborn Studios in 1983

Tina Turner

Simply the best! Tina Turner with her trademark red lips photographed by Brian Aris in London in 1983

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