GRAHAM ATKINS HUGHES

Who I Am

thumbnailWorking as a photographer’s assistant in the late Eighties led me from my home town of Dublin to London, where after four years training (working with luminaries Annie Leibovitz and Bruce Weber, and London-based photographers Corrine Day, Reagan Cameron and Perry Ogden), I quickly established myself as an interiors photographer.  It was an exciting time in the magazine industry and early commissions, such as for the Wallpaper magazine launch and the second issue of Living Etc, directed my career path.  Over the last 20 years I have shot for many well-known interiors titles as well as for interiors sections of fashion and lifestyle magazines.  I also photograph houses for editorial features published around the world and my images appear in interior design books.

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In recent years I have also worked for commercial clients, from interiors manufacturers and retailers to design-led residential developers, with my photography featuring in major advertising and PR campaigns.Capturing light and the natural mood of a space is what drives me.  I create images that are engaging and atmospheric, that elicit a desire to be in the space and experience it.  Translating textures – particularly natural textures – is an important part of my work, enabling viewers to almost feel the objects they see.  Atmosphere, intrigue and intimacy are what I like my images to portray.I work collaboratively and listen: by really understanding my clients I am able to deliver perfectly designed images.  Increasingly, I am asked to be involved in the concept stage of a photography brief, helping to find a visual tone of voice that informs our work going forward. My archive records over 20 years of fantastic experiences working for clients large and small, sometimes in difficult conditions (shooting at minus 37 degrees was a particular challenge) and on many tight deadlines.  I’m fortunate to love my work and couldn’t imagine doing anything else – for me, nothing beats the satisfaction of walking away from a job with a great set of images.