Anwar Hussein

Photographs

Born in Tanzania, Anwar Hussein was the fourth of five children of a British civil servant and his wife working in colonial Africa. Following in her brother's footsteps, Anwar began photography as a hobby and spent her school years taking pictures of big game in her homeland's reserves. Before the age of twenty, Anwar was already respected for his mastery of photography. When conflicts broke out in the Belgian Congo, Anwar was hired by the United Nations to develop a series of re-splits on refugees fleeing the civil uprising. Forged by this experience, Anwar decided to conquer England, armed with his camera, to gain experience and live from his passion - photography. Having become a freelancer, Anwar practiced her profession by photographing homeless people throughout Britain. In the 1960s, Anwar mainly covered events such as the Isle of Wight festival. His flair for captivating portraits and his reports from artists such as Rod Stewart, Elton John, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Who, Bob Marley, The Bee Gees and The Sex Pistols have made him one of the most sought after photographers from the rock era. In the mid-1970s, Anwar's work took an important turn for his career when he became a stage photographer for classic films like The 24 Hours of Mans, Papillon, Tommy and the Bond movies. After this period, Anwar decided to focus his talents on the British Royal Family photograph. From the beginning, the latter was confronted with hostilities. Indeed he had the reputation of photographing rock stars and cinema, and some members of the royal entourage were then reluctant. Anwar was determined to follow and photograph the Royal Family by imposing her own style. From then on, all the British press agencies snapped up their clichés. The Royal family opens his doors and invites him to photograph their moments of intimacy. At the time of Prince Charles's engagement with Diana Spencer, Anwar is named "official royal photographer". His "Marriage of the Century" photos have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world and have appeared in more than a dozen books. During the 1980s, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne used one of Anwar's photos to honor their official greeting cards. Anwar's reporting has earned him sessions with some of the world's most famous personalities such as Boris Yeltsin, Lech Walesa, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela. With a career spanning over 40 years and thousands of published photographs, Anwar divides his time between his vineyard in the Bordeaux region and his 16th century farm in the west of England, while continually updating his library. images around the world.