Saturday, 1 October 2011

M/M Interview with Tom Murray

Image of Tom Murray supplied to Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed by Tom Murray for exclusive use and may not be reproduced without written authorisation.

This exclusive interview with renowned British photographer Tom Murray was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in London during June 2011.

Interview with Tom Murray

How would you describe you career as a photographer?

A lucky young man in the right place at the right time of history and photography.

You shot an iconic portrait of the late great Yves Saint Laurent, if you could select one photographer to take your portrait who would it be? And why?

It would have been my dear friend Eve Arnold one of Americas great photographers.

How did you approach your early work with The Beatles?

It was such a shock to know this was the group that I was photographing, I am very fortunate to have made some great images of the Fab Four; I have used their mages for charity and have raised in excess of $2, million for great and good causes.

You had the privilege to work with the English Royal family on a number of occasions, what stands out the most now about that time?

How nice and kind they were to me, a young photographer being with the Royal Family, especially my relationship with HRH Princess Margaret.

Describe what it was like being in the centre of the Swinging Sixties London.

London was great fun in the 60's you could walk down the Kings Road and see the Rolling Stones, the Beatles on the other side of the road with Vidal Sassoon and his great haircuts, Leonard of London, John Freida was Leonard’s assistant, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, all the great rock and roll groups, London really was swinging in the 60’s.

Is there anyone you haven’t worked with who you would like very much to photographer now?

Yes I would love to photograph those folks who are now in their older years whose names we know so well, entertainers, politicians, artists, actors, film directors, painters, etc. as well as top fashion designers. We knew them when they were young and struggling, now let’s see them now they are like me getting on a bit.

You must have enormous archives of rare unseen photographic negatives. If so, so you have any specific plans for them?

I am currently scanning 50 years of my work to release as a book and a photographic retrospective; it may take some time as I am not great with modern technology.

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