Philip Lee Harvey has travelled the globe in search of his subjects, finding them everywhere from the dark drama of a Haitian voodoo ceremony to the stark brightness of Bolivian salt flats. Now, out of an archive of thousands of pictures from across the globe, forty of his remarkable images are to be shown to the public at a leading London gallery.
Lee Harvey has spent the past 18 years travelling the world taking photographs for magazines and for advertising agencies. Last year alone he worked in over 20 countries, as diverse as Yemen, China and Hawaii. He draws his inspiration from the great travel photographers such as George Rodger, of Magnum fame, but also from Victorian explorer-painters such as David Roberts and John Frederick Lewis.
‘As a writer interested in far-flung places, I have been fortunate in having made some trips with Philip. It has been a revelation to see someone thinking about light, working with light, and in the end capturing light in the way that he does.’ Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland
Philip Lee Harvey was born in Canterbury, England in 1969. After completing a Graphic Design degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design, Philip assisted some of the UK’s leading advertising photographers. Eager to develop his photographic career, Philip soon started taking on editorial and advertising commissions of his own.
Since then, Philip has worked in over 90 countries, ranging from Antarctica to the Sahara. His journeys have taken him to some of the world’s most inhospitable and demanding destinations.
Philip Lee Harvey has won numerous awards including ones given by the London Photographic Association (LPA), Association of Photographers, Creative Circle, Royal Photographic Society, John Kobal, Travel Photographer of the Year, the International Colour Awards and Campaign magazine.
Editorial: A frequent contributor to BBC Lonely Planet magazine, he has also published his work in National Geographic Traveller, The Independent, the Saturday Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveler, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Geo magazine.
Commercial: Lee Harvey’s advertising clients have included Shell, UPS, T-Mobile, Ford, Bentley, Ericsson Communications, the Irish , British and Egyptian Tourist Boards, Sony, British Airways, Volkswagen, UBS Banks, Intercontinental Hotels, ITV, Mastercard, Kodak and BP.