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Anwar Hussein

Born in Tanzania, Anwar was the fourth of five children born to a British civil servant and his wife working in colonial Africa. Having gained a reputation for his photographic work at a young age, when trouble erupted in the neighbouring Belgian Congo (later Zaire), Anwar was hired by the United Nations to document the plight of the refugees as they fled the civil insurrection. This work led encouraged him to broaden his experience and travel to the UK where he developed a reputation for his photojournalism.

During the 60s, Anwar primarily covered counter-culture events such as the Isle of Wight Festival. His flair for compelling portraiture and his reportage of artists such as Rod Stewart, Elton John, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Who, Bob Marley, The Bee Gees and The Sex Pistols made him among the most sought after photographers of the rock era.

By the mid 70s, Anwar’s work was transformed when he became a set photographer for such classic movies as 24 Hours of Le Mans, Papillon, Tommy and the Bond films. This led to new opportunities as a Royal Photographer documenting and recording the lives of the Royal family. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide and have appeared in more than a dozen books.

Anwar’s reportage earned him sessions with some of the world’s most celebrated people – from Boris Yeltsin and Lech Walesa to Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela. He has published two books on Pope John Paul II.

With a renowned career of over 40 years and thousands of published photographs, Anwar divides his time between his vineyard in France’s Bordeaux region and his 16th century farmhouse in the west of England, while continually updating his library and syndicating his images worldwide.


A Selection Of Work Available At The HOARD Gallery

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