BRIAN ENGLISH

Born 1963, Los Angeles, California

After having traveled worldwide during 1984, Brian moved to New York City and studied Black & White printing William Abranowicz at Parsons.  From 1986 through mid 1989, he was the studio assistant to Robert Mapplethorpe and worked with master printer Tom Baril in the Mapplethorpe darkroom.  Brian then printed at the Richard Avedon Studio during the 1990 Avedon archive project.  While in New York, he also assisted with Horst P. Horst.

Brian then lived in Paris, and made photographs throughout Europe.  In 1992, he relocated to Los Angeles where he assisted Annie Leibovitz on West Coast assignments. There, Brian co-managed SmashBox Studios from 1993 until 1997. During this period, he also assisted and produced for various photographers including Herb Ritts, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Michel Comte, Peter Beard and Helmut Newton.

Again in New York City from 1998 through 2002, Brian produced and exhibited fine art projects with the galleries Wessel + O’Connor  Fine Art and Throckmorton Fine Art. 

In Los Angeles, from 2003 through 2010 Brian worked as an Arts Administrator with the Herb Ritts Foundation.  While there he worked closely with the Getty Museum’s Associate Curator Paul Martineau in producing the 2012 retrospective “Herb Ritts, LA Style”.

Most recently, he worked as the Programming Director for photo l.a. 2013, and produced the Art fair’s related panel discussions, docent tours and Artist’s talks.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, works within the Arts in various capacities and continues to create and exhibit his photographs.  Brian is also a contributing Editor to Parabola Magazine and serves on the Arts Advisory Committee for the charitable organization Friends Without A Border.

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