Sam Barker is an award-winning photographer, including two AOP and two Kontinent Awards in 2014 for his portraiture. Sam’s signature cinematic lighting style has made him sought after in the world of Advertising where his distinctive style has led him to be commissioned for campaigns in Europe and the US for the likes of Hugo Boss, Glennfiddich and Landrover amongst others, shooting subjects as diverse as Matt Damon to Lewis Hamilton, to tribal chiefs in Africa and the Americas.
Sam began his career in photography in 1997 whilst attending the prestigious London School of Printing. It was here he lost his hair but gained a distinction and a job as an assistant for Matthew Donaldson.
Within a short period of time his work was spotted by The Telegraph, shooting amongst others, a then rather green Benedict Cumberbatch for Sue Steward on the Arts pages. Commissions started to follow from the likes of The Sunday Times, GQ Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. It was not long before his work was picked up by worldwide publishing houses and advertising agencies with commissions for sport, finance and portraiture. Sam is also a regular contributor to the National Portrait Gallery where he has 12 portraits in the permanent collection.
Sam Barker now shares his time between London and New York. His passion for great pictures and adventure has also seen him shoot travel stories and personal projects in Iraq, Ethiopia, and Colombia and Bhutan.
Sam Barker’s campaign for HSBC in 2015 shows how his landscapes were able to be used for commercial purposes.
However, his contribution was only a part of the larger movement by HSBC, to celebrate their long-term partnership with WWF, and the work of the HSBC Water Programme, which was to install a ground-breaking interactive sound installation at Gatwick Airport. It takes travellers along the 6,300km-long Yangtze River in just under two minutes, providing a fascinating insight into the sounds, people, local businesses and wildlife of the river. Sam, images were also put up with as part of the installation.