About Me

Education
MA Fine Art, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge.

Ian Phillips McLaren began photography in 1985, buying a second hand camera to embark on a photography course. He shared studio space in the Glasgow artists’ cooperative, WASPS and his career began.
 
In 1989 Ian was the subject of a BBC TV film ’A style of one’s own’ and shortly after became Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art, teaching photography and darkroom techniques to students. In 1990 he exhibited his art and life in Glasgow as part of the City of Culture programme.
 
In the early 1990’s he produced his first album cover, followed by a series of portraits for American Vogue.
 

1992  Ian moved to London and became best known for portraiture of artists and celebrities including the Spice Girls, Justin Timberlake, Billy Connolly, Lee Evans, Orlando Bloom and many others.

Ian is a four times nominee and recipient of an honourable mention in the International Photography Awards.

Ian’s client portfolio includes:

Law / Banks / Corporate
Slaughter & May, Frontier Economics, Harcourt Chambers,
Badoo Trading Ltd, BBC, Bank of New York, Barclays, HSBC, SSCL, Casa Seven, Theatre Projects, Heitman Uk Ltd, Bloomberg, British Society for Rheumatology, Lend Invest, River, Trip Adviser, Spotify, Marriot Hotels International, BTG International, University of California, Nicoventures Holdings Ltd, Incredibull, Low Carbon Projects, Sailpoint.

Agencies
Burning Bright Productions, Bostock & Pollitt, Hult International, Ocean Bridge Partners, Rose Design, Canonical Group Ltd, The Digital Design Consultancy, Cedar Communications, Firelighter.

Food / Shopping
M&S, Asda, Waitrose, Kelloggs,

Record Companies
EMI, Polydor, Polygram, VVL.

Fashion / Beauty / Mindfulness
InHere, Vidal Sassoon, Penhaligans, Tomas Komala, Pixi Make-up, Topshop, James Villas Holidays.

 Magazines
GQ, Arena, Sunday Times Magazine, The Wallstreet Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, Big Issue, Smash hits, Top of the Pops and Q Magazine. Ian has also been featured in several media interviews including Kirsty Young’s programme for BBC 5 live.