Damian McGillicuddy

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Damian McGillicuddy with one of his models at The Societies Convention in London, 15 January 2009

Damian McGillicuddy (born 15 July 1945, Widnes) is an English photographer specialising in fashion and glamour photography. Within these industries he is also sometimes referred to as Lord McGillicuddy (due to his inherited title, Lord of Kerry), The Magician,[1] or The Big Dog.[2]


When asked, "why photography?" in 2009, McGillicuddy answered, "girls."[2]

He went on to say,

It was my uncle Brian who baptised me in the art of photography. I was 11 years old and my first camera was a Ricoh XR-1.[2]

At just thirteen years old, McGillicuddy commenced an arts degree but claims he did not thrive artistically at college and that the head of faculty told him he would never become a professional photographer.[2] In 1986, aged sixteen, he left college and opened the photographic business Art 4 Art's Sake,[2] which today is run from his purpose built studio in Chester Oakbase House.


In 2013, his achievements lead to Damian being instated as Olympus [3] UK’s Principle Photographer and Educator – a position that he is extremely proud to hold.

Damian and Olympus have been working together very closely over the last 12 months, beginning at Focus 2012 with the launch of the OM-D. Since then has gone from strength to strength. Over the past 12 months Damian has been working on Olympus UK’s behalf – testing their latest and greatest equipment, running courses and shooting the stunning imagery that Olympus have been using to advertise the OM-D.

In 2014 Damian McGillicuddy attended the SWPP [4] convention and was awarded the "Grand Master Bar Award", this was what SWPP [5] had to say regarding this award:

"When you have achieved your Grand Masters within The Societies, further bars can be achieved for continuous support and for giving back to the photographic industry. It gives us great pleasure to award this to Damian McGillicuddy."

Professional career[edit]

As well as shooting for numerous companies and other clients over a twenty-three-year-long career, from high-profile latex designer Atsuko Kudo[6] to photographic lighting company Quantum,[7][8] McGillicuddy also teaches photography and in 2008 launched his 'DMLS' range of portable photographic lighting equipment.

His celebrity client list includes the Conservative British Prime Minister John Major as well as various actors and musicians.[9]

In December 2009, McGillicuddy was named as one of the UK's best fine art nude and glamour photographers by Nude & Glamour Photography magazine, alongside such industry icons as John Swannell.[10]


Among others, McGillicuddy has been awarded the following:

McGillicuddy's photographs also regularly win Gold Awards in The Societies' monthly competition.

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, McGillicuddy was involved in a vehicle collision that resulted in one of his legs being crushed and later amputated below the knee. In 2002, the British tabloid press reported that his wife, Christine McGillicuddy, was filing for divorce, citing the amputation as the cause.[14] He was able to successfully rebut her claim by citing her extramarital affairs with other men as the true reason for the divorce.[14]

Today, McGillicuddy walks with a prosthesis and lives with his wife and business partner, Lesley McGillicuddy,[2] who is also a photographer, in Warrington and keeps a regularly updated blog.


  1. ^ The Societies Portrait Seminar Tutors
  2. ^ a b c d e f Interview with The Societies, 2009
  3. ^ Olympus Inspiration
  4. ^ SWPP Grand Master Bar
  5. ^ SWPP Official Website
  6. ^ Atsuko Kudo online shop
  7. ^ Flaghead Photographic
  8. ^ Quantum 2008 catalogue cover
  9. ^ The Crewe Chronicle, 6 August 2002
  10. ^ Nude & Glamour Photography: A Celebration of Contemporary Nude, Fine Art & Glamour Photography, December 2009, Bright Publishing Ltd
  11. ^ a b Photomart Pro Speaker Summary
  12. ^ Warrington Guardian, 6 February 1998
  13. ^ a b c d The Societies Portrait Seminar Tutors 2009/ 2010
  14. ^ a b The Daily Mail, 5 August 2002