Portrait of Harry Borden by his sister Frances
Portrait of Harry Borden by his sister Frances

A New Yorker by birth, Harry Borden’s formative years were spent in the South West of England where his family had a farm. After completing a photography course at Plymouth College of Art and Design Harry moved to London where his earliest commissions were for the NME.

There are only a handful of magazines that have not yet published his work and he has won many awards including prizes at the World Press Photos of 1997 and 1999.

Much admired for his understated style, Borden has never relied on technical tricks, nor does he attempt to outshine his subjects.  Rather, he has evolved a simple and honest approach: he sees his work as the product of the relationship he has with his subject during the course of their meeting, however brief.

In June 2005 Borden was awarded his first solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London. ‘Harry Borden: On Business’ brought together 30 portraits of leading business leaders. The NPG now holds more than 100 examples of Harry’s work in its photographic collection.

Current projects include ‘Holocaust Survivors’ which was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award and ‘Single Parent Dads’, a body of work exploring fathers bring up their children alone.

This year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

More of Frances’ work can be seen at http://www.francesborden.com/