Harry Borden

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Harry Borden (born 1965) is a British portrait photographer based in London. His subjects have included celebrities and politicians. Examples of Borden's work are held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London[1] and National Portrait Gallery, Australia.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Borden was born in New York and brought up in Devon. He is the brother of painters Nicholas Borden and Frances Borden. He studied photography at Plymouth College of Art and Design (1985-87).

Life and work[edit]

Borden moved to London after graduation, where he worked as an assistant for Lester Bookbinder. He received his first commission from The Observer in 1994. Borden's portraits appeared regularly in this and other Sunday supplements, Harpers & Queen, Vogue and The New Yorker.

In June 2005, he had his first solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London.[1] Harry Borden: On Business included 30 portraits of leading business leaders. The NPG holds more than 100 examples of Borden’s work in its photographic collection.[3]

In 2017 his book Survivor, A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust was published by Octopus.[4] The book had been previously shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2014 and was judged among the 10 best Photography books of 2018 by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Borden has four children.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Harry Borden on Business" National Portrait Gallery, London. Accessed 15 October 2016
  2. ^ "Michael Hutchence, 1997". National Portrait Gallery collection.
  3. ^ "National Portrait Gallery". npg.org.uk.
  4. ^ Survivor. 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk/2017-book-awards/2018-winners/
  6. ^ "How lensman's 'selfie' alarmed PM's protecters". Plymouth Herald. 14 January 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "1997 Photo Contest". worldpressphoto.org. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ "1999 Photo Contest". worldpressphoto.org. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ "RPS Awards 2014". Royal Photographic Society. Accessed 15 October 2016
  10. ^ "The Royal Photographic Society Awards 2018". www.rps.org. Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-10.

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