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Grant Sainsbury Works Biography


Born: 1959 Wegburg Germany to English parents

Education:   Holland Park School, Kensington, London W8

1976-1978   Photographic assistant to John Carter International          Fashion/Beauty Photographer.  Using the studio in my free time  to start my portfolio of work.  I shot early PR pictures and single cover for The Jam and for Adam And The Ants and other bands of the time.

1978  Photographic assistant to Graham Hughes, International Fashion and Music Photographer, working with Robert Palmer, Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, The Who and various other bands.

1980  Photographic beauty and portrait assignments for Conde Nast Publication (British Vogue Magazine).

1982  Photographic assignments for Conde Nast Publications (Vogue) and Vidal Sassoon Corporation

1983  Moved to Los Angeles – Photographic assignments for Max Factor

1983-1984   Photographic 180 day contract for US Olympics Trials, Nationals and Games travelling throughout the US and Hawaii for Vidal Sassoon Corporation shooting  USA swimming, diving, gymnastics and rythmic gymnastic teams.  Working with such people as Greg Louganis, Steve Lundquist, Mary Lou Retten, Mitch Gaylord and Julianne McNamara.

1985-1992   Living between LA and London shooting for Conde Nast Publications: British Vogue, Brides, GQ, Italian Esquire shooting Mila Jovovich and Iman, Harpers & Queen, celebrity portraits for Hearst Publishing and the Sunday supplements.

1992-1998   Living between LA/London/San Francisco/Big Sur maintaining all existing clients and shooting advertising for Top Shop, Selfridges, Harrods, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Knickerbox, N Peal and Cosmopolitan celebrity portrait covers. Working with such people as Jennifer Flavin, Paula Barbieri and various successful models of the time.

1998-2006   LA/London Shooting for exisitng clients and expanding magazine shoots to include Elle, Marie Claire working with Anna Friel, Dougray Scott, Ioan Griuffudd, Archie Panjabi, Nigella Lawson, Lulu, Romeo So Solid Crew, Blink 182, Jerry Hall.

2006-2014   Travelling worldwide on fashion/lifestyle/celebrity assignments with Naomi Watts, Anna Friel, Dougray Scott, Ioan Griuffudd, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Nigella Lawson, Lulu, Kelly Brook, Davina McCall, Jamie Oliver, Miranda Hart.

2014-2016   Permanently moved with my wife and children to our home in Carmel.  Working on photographic fine art Americana retrospective/western book project and also continuing to shoot for international clients.

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