Photographer Ben Fisher

Ben is a London-based commercial photographer, having worked professionally for close to 20 years. Primarily working as a travel and lifestyle portrait photographer, he has traveled around the world on assignment and photographed many well-known people.

What drew you to photography?

I took photography in school from an early age and fell in love with it then. I carried on studying to degree level specialising in Platinum and Palladium printing.

Do you still remember taking your first photograph?

I remember my first instamatic camera which took 110 film cartridges - terrible, terrible pictures!

What is required from someone wanting to become a photographer, considering the business is going through so many changes?

Photography is painting with light. One has to understand how light falls. Once you have grasped that concept you need a whole lot of luck and determination.

It is true that the business has changed, however, given the digital revolution coupled with camera phones, I think that a greater understanding of professional photography has been acknowledged - not everyone can see a picture.

What kind of equipment do you use?

Nikon cameras and Broncolor lighting.

How important is Photoshop and other software these days? What kind of a setup do you use for post-production?

Photoshop is part and parcel of the operation. Once images have been through Capture One they go on to be retouched in Photoshop.

What has been your most inspiring day of shooting?

I have many memories but one stands out as a crazy, crazy day. I shot the Palio in Siena. I arrived early to mark my spot in the Piazza and waited all day in mid 30s temperatures.

What ensued was spectacular and terrifying, I thought I was going to get crushed once the race had finished. Nobody had told me that the Italians like to have a full on fight after the race and with the Piazza filled with around 30,000 people it was tricky to say the least. I love the shots I got and the buzz was incredible.

Palio di Siena

If you could photograph anybody, anywhere - who and where would that be?

I would love to photograph Jack Nicholson my favourite actor and I dont mind where it is.

Who are your favourite photographers?

I have many favourite photographers. Don McCullin, Sebastiao Salgado, Weegee...so many I could go on forever.

Does your dress sense play a role when you’re photographing or meeting clients?

Ha! Well I have been known to dress smart and I think it helps with certain scenarios, i.e. when photographing high profile people, you can’t turn up in jeans and trainers.

Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?

Difficult question to answer.. I was commissioned to take pictures for Bespoke Hotels, capturing the people working but also bringing in an element of their personality. It was great fun and I met some real characters, one of which you can see below. The series was selected for The AOP Awards in 2015 - going through to the final round!  More images from this series are on my website.

Chester Grosvenor

Are you on Instagram? Where else can people see your work and follow what you do?

Yes @benfisherphotography. I am also on Twitter @Benfisherphotos and my website is benfisherphotography.com. If that is not enough, there is also time-lapse photography on Vimeo.


Ben is wearing a custom shirt with a white herringbone fabric.

Posted in Interviews by Karl Sandoval on 2017-12-05.