Bran Symondson

“There’s a similarity between a soldier and a photographer, they are both looking intensely for the moment.”

Having studied under photographers such as David Lachapelle, Nadav Kander, Mary McCartney, Gavin Bond and Robert Polidori, Bran Symondson ventured into portraitures, having his first success in the 2003 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. 

During active service with Special Forces Reserves in Afghanistan, Symondson gained intimate access to the lives of the Chai Boys who serve within units of the Afghan National Police. His extraordinary photographs led to a commission from the Sunday Times Magazine and a critically acclaimed exhibition at the Idea Generation Galley (now The Proud Archivist) called 'The Best View Of Heaven Is From Hell'. His feature 'Lost Boys', set in the Debab Refugee Camp in Kenya, won the prestigious Amnesty International Media Award in 2011. 

He is a sought-after talent in portraiture and he continues to contribute to several international media publishing houses, notably Condé Nast. Symondson enables his photography and fine art talents to co-exist, resulting in focused, intense, critically acclaimed work. His pieces have been bought and collected by artists such as Jake Chapman, to entrepreneurs such as Piers Linney.