John Nassari

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John Nassari
BornAugust 1970 (age 50)
Years active27

John Nassari is a British photographer based in London, working primarily in reportage wedding, portrait and advertising photography.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Nassari studied photography at West Herts College, followed by advertising and editorial photography at University for the Creative Arts. He obtained an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Middlesex and a PhD from the University of East London. After graduating in 1991, Nassari worked in still life and advertising studios.

Since 1995, Nassari has been a teacher of both Photography and Refugee Studies at several different institutions, including University of East London, Kent Institute of Art & Design, West Herts College and the University of Hertfordshire.

From 1998 to 2007, Nassari's work focused on his interest in migration, forced migration and identity. His first exhibition 'First Person, Second Generation' explored the lives of first and second generation Greek Cypriot migrants in London and was shown in locations across the UK.[2] Throughout the next 9 years he continued to exhibit several projects on refugees and exile.[3][4]

Nassari's photography career has seen him working closely with a number of luxury hotels and hotel groups, including Mandarin Oriental, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Dar Jaguar, Savoy Hotel, The Landmark London, Conrad Hotels and Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian.[5] He is the only photographer selected to take part in the Belgravia Wedding Quarter, of which he is an active member.[6] Nassari is a preferred supplier of the Savoy Hotel.[7]

He has photographed many notable subjects including Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irons, Emilia Fox, Salman Rushdie, Kevin McCloud, Roxanne McKee, Princess Royal, David Cameron and John Legend.

In 2000, 2006 and 2013, Nassari's portraits were chosen as finalists for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and were exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, London.[8][9][10] Nassari's 2006 Entry Girl Dressed up - East London was highly commended by judge Jenny Dyson; former editor of Teen Vogue and creator of Rubbish Magazine.[11]

In 2014 Nassari pioneered a 360° interactive photography technology, consisting of a panoramic view of the scene with the addition of interactive features and immersive sound. Of the series Nassari says "The 360 allows the audience to pan around the room, choosing audio from that specific section of the location, as if it is in surround sound."[12] The Evening Standard stated Nassari has "revolutionised the world of wedding photography with his innovative 360 technology."[5] In 2018, Nassari used this technology to create and launch the Nassari360 software.[13]

In 2016, Nassari was listed as one of the 13 best wedding photographers in London by the Evening Standard.[5]

Nassari is a brand ambassador for Olympus Europe. In 2016 he was selected to join the Olympus Visionary program, a title reserved for a small group of professional photographers whose work is used to promote the brand. Nassari also participates in a programme of tutorial events and seminars run by Olympus and regularly presents on many aspects of photographic technique.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

In 2017 Nassari was commissioned by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel London to film the construction of Sir Peter Blake's biggest ever collage 'Our Fans' – created to cover the hotel during its restoration.[20]

In 2018 Nassari photographed the wedding of Olympic Speed Skater Sarah Lindsay, which was consequently published in Hello! Magazine.[21]

In 2020 Nassari's portrait 'Selina' was one of 400 photographs featured in the world's first photography exhibition in Space, in conjunction with the British Journal of Photography.[22]

80 at 80[edit]

80 at 80 is a collection of 80 portraits commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park documenting the staff behind the scenes. The photographs were exhibited and published to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Olympus Cameras.[23][24]

Nassari was given access to all areas of the hotel over a period of several months in 2015. The back of house environment, including cleaners, cooks, kitchen hands and maids, were photographed in black and white while the front of house staff were shot in colour. All portraits were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.[25]

The photographs were exhibited privately on 15 April 2016, in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London before traveling to Art Bermondsey Project Space for public view.[26]

All 80 of the portraits appear in Nassari's book Olympus 80 at 80, published by Bluecoat Press.[27][28]


  • First Person, Second Generation. London: PhotoInsight Publications, 1998. ISBN 978-0953383108
  • Into the Open. London: PhotoInsight Publications, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9533831-1-5
  • Olympus 80 at 80: With Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. London: Bluecoat Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1908457325
  • Nassari 15. London: John Nassari Limited, 2020. ISBN 978-1-5272-5724-5

Publications with contributions by Nassari[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2000 - John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2006 - Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2008 - Into the Open (joint exhibition with Ania Dabrowska), Four Corners, London[36][37]
  • 2013 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London



  1. ^ "Portraits". Amateur Photographer. London: Time Inc.. 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "PHOTOGRAPHY - Design Week". Design Week. 17 July 1998. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ "John Nassari". Liminal Zones - Nicosia, Cyprus 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ Nassari, John. "VERTIGO: Postmemory Blues". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Shephard, Hamish (16 August 2016). "13 of the best wedding photographers in London". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ "John Nassari - The Belgravia Wedding Quarter". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ "The Savoy Hotel". Bridebook. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  8. ^ John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 2000. London: National Portrait Gallery. 2000. ISBN 1-85514-318-6.
  9. ^ "Photographic Portrait Prize Captions 2013" (PDF). National Portrait Gallery. p. 13. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b "TWPPP 2013 Technical Details" (PDF). National Portrait Gallery -Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  11. ^ Bloch], [Ed. Claudia (2006). Photographic Portrait Prize 2006 ; [published to accompany the Photographic Portrait Prize 2007, National Portrait Gallery, London, 8.11.2007 - 24.2.2008]. London: National Portrait Gallery. p. 3. ISBN 9781855143746.
  12. ^ Cinnamon, Karen (5 February 2015). "John Nassari - Epic wedding photography guaranteed". Smashing the Glass | Jewish Wedding Blog. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Nassari360 turns your images and videos into 360-degree 'experiences'". Digital Camera World. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. ^ "John Nassari - Olympus Visionary Profile". MyOlympus. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Olympus introduces 5 new ambassadors". Camera Jabber. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  16. ^ "John Nassari". Professional Photo. No. 128. London: Bright.
  17. ^ "John Nassari". Photography News. No. 41. London: Bright.
  18. ^ "Advice from the Pros". Olympus Magazine. No. 50. London: Bright. 17 March 2017. pp. 20–23.
  19. ^ "John Nassari". The Photography Show 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  20. ^ Prynn, Jonathan (17 January 2017). "Sir Peter Blake's biggest ever collage covers Mandarin Oriental hotel". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Celebrity trainer Sarah Lindsay marries in star-studded ceremony". Hello! Magazine. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  22. ^ "A new film captures the world's first photography exhibition in Space". British Journal of Photography. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  23. ^ "Olympus partners with Mandarin Oriental". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  24. ^ McNay, Anna (2 May 2016). "Hidden Hotel" (PDF). F22. State Media Ltd. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  25. ^ a b Ltd, Magezine Publishing. "80 at 80 - A new collection of photographs by Olympus Visionary John Nassari". ePHOTOzine.
  26. ^ "John Nassari - 80 at 80 - Portraits of the Mandarin Oriental". Art Bermondsey Project Space.
  27. ^ Nassari, John (18 April 2016). Olympus 80 at 80: With Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. London: Bluecoat Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-1908457325.
  28. ^ "John Nassari's Book Launch". Sloane Square. London: Publishing Business. August 2016. p. 79.
  29. ^ John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 2000. London: National Portrait Gallery. 2000. ISBN 1-85514-318-6.
  30. ^ Bloch, Ed. Claudia (2006). Photographic Portrait Prize 2006; [published to accompany the Photographic Portrait Prize 2006, National Portrait Gallery, London, 8.11.2006 - 18.2.2007]. London: National Portrait Gallery. ISBN 9781855143746.
  31. ^ Stephanides, edited by Stephanos (2007). Cultures of memory, memories of culture. Nicosia: University of Nicosia Press. ISBN 9789963875825.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  32. ^ McClure, interviews by Richard (2013). Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013. ISBN 9781855144644.
  33. ^ "John Nassari". Portrait of Humanity. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  34. ^ Ltd, Magezine Publishing. "John Nassari Shows "Alters" At Latest Photographic Exhibition". ePHOTOzine. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  35. ^ "John Nassari 'Alters' - Art Bermondsey Project Space". Art Bermondsey Project Space.
  36. ^ "Into the Open - Four Corners Film". Four Corners Film. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  37. ^ "Into the Open: Ania Dabrowska and John Nassari at Four Corners". ArtRabbit. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  38. ^ John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 2000. London: National Portrait Gallery. 2000. ISBN 1-85514-318-6.

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