Paul Berriff began his photographic career in 1962 photographing street life in his native city of Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He was sixteen years old. The following year he became a newspaper photographer. At the same time, the birth of the pop music scene had just begun.
Paul used this exciting time as a theme for a photographic documentary essay. He photographed most of the rock bands and solo artists on their first tours of the UK. His black and white images are now valuable items and have been exhibited and purchased by collectors and legendary musicians worldwide. His photographs have been exhibited in Carnegie Hall New York, San Francisco, Memphis, Prague, Dubai and London. They have also been exhibited alongside David Hockney’s works at Salts Mill in Bradford UK.
Paul Berriff continues his career as a fine art photographer, cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He has won over 20 international awards for his films and still photographs including two BAFTA’s. Paul was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.
“Paul Berriff is a courageous man, very physical in his methods of seeing and creating images he has a real curiosity” – Werner Herzog International Film Director