Sam Barker is an award winning photographer, including two AOP and two Kontinent Awards in 2014 for his portraiture. Sam's signature cinematic lighting style has made him sought after in the world of Advertising where his distinctive style has led him to be commissioned for campaigns in Europe and the US for the likes of Hugo Boss, Glennfiddich and Landrover amongst others ,shooting subjects as diverse as Matt Damon to Lewis Hamilton, to tribal chiefs in Africa and the Americas.

It wasn't always so glamorous though. The youngest son of 15 children by an irascible poet and a writer, Sam spent his childhood getting into various scrapes around rural Norfolk. The most serious of which, a motorbike accident, resulted in him narrowly escaping having his leg amputated at 19. Whilst healing his scars, and his usual mischief making derailed, Sam began his career in photography in 1997 whilst attending the prestigious London School of Printing. It was here he lost his hair, but gained a distinction and a job as an assistant for Matthew Donaldson.

Within a short period of time his work was spotted by The Telegraph, shooting amongst others, a then rather green Benedict Cumberbatch for Sue Steward on the Arts pages. Commissions started to follow from the likes of The Sunday Times, GQ Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. It was not long before his work was picked up by worldwide publishing houses and advertising agencies with commissions for sport, finance and portraiture. Sam is also a regular contributor to the National Portrait Gallery where he has 12 portraits in the permanent collection.

Sam Barker now shares his time between London and New York. His passion for great pictures and adventure has also seen him shoot travel stories and personal projects in Iraq, Ethiopia, and Columbia and Bhutan .. just don't let him get on a motorbike. You can keep up with Sam at


2016 IPA International Photography Awards - Finlandia-Advertising
2016 IPA International Photography Awards - Culture -Charro
2016 IPA International Photography Awards - Culture -La Pelea
2016 IPA International Photography Awards-Fine Art Portrait - Wolmer Gardens
2016 D&AD Awards - Yellow Pencil-The Living River
2015 IPA International Photography Awards - Modern Slavery -Advertising
2015 IPA International Photography Awards - Seaside Rock -Portraits
Lens Modern Retrospective 2014- Luxembourg {collective}
Arles France - 2014
One Life - 2013 International Photography Prize Portraits
Creative Revue Best 2013 - Editorial Series
Kontinent Award 2014 - Nature
Kontinent Award 2014 - Single Portrait
AOP 2014 - Best Single Portrait
AOP 2014 - Best Series Portrait


Faces /Groucho Club
Inside out - Prisoners Perceptions Shoreditch Gallery
Darien Gap - Portraits / Washington Native American Museum {collective}
Omo Valley Blackall Gallery
National Portrait Gallery - 14 Portraits Permanent collection
Arles 2014
Lensmodern collective , Luxembourg

Client List

Harpers Bazaar
Time Magazine
The Sunday Times
One Life
Formula 1
Sunday Telegraph
British Gas
The Home Office
Mens Health
Conde Nast
Random House
Hugo Boss
Art Of Kinetic