Bruce Tanner photographer




From (and still in) London, I have been taking pictures for a living since the 1980s. I started out working in documentary and photojournalism but widened to portraiture, landscape, animals and editorial pictures and applied all these to my own personal projects. From a technical perspective, I shoot digital or analogue, studio or location, whatever works with the solution I want.


Much of my commissioned work has been in the voluntary sector covering social issues (particularly homelessness) and environmental subjects concerning both rural and urban matters. I am well used to working and empathising with vulnerable people of any age and really work to bring warmth and positivity to my people pictures.


My personal projects often explore notions of emptiness even in places populated with people. Borders and juxtapositions of any sort attract me, be they land and sea, past and present or cultural collisions. Creating a story, whether real or in the viewers mind, is important in the way I use subjects, space and light but just as easily, I like to use humour to do the same.


I have shot all pictures for twelve animal books and contributed to many others. My interest in exploring our relationship with animals has led to an ongoing personal project ‘Dogs in Wigs’, a study of anthropomorphism and depression through humour.


I have a degree in Photography from the University of Westminster and a PGCE from London Metropolitan University. I also Teach photography and developed the F-Stop Printing Calculator (free app) to support darkroom workers.

Please look at my galleries in the All Projects section, and Contact me if you want to know more. I also have a blog.


Many of my pictures are available to license on Alamy.






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Shot in 1979 in Keighley, Yorkshire, an unemployed man takes his cat to give to a friend. He was evicted from his house as soon as he lost his job, because he could no longer afford the rent. He had found somewhere cheaper to live, but the new landlord would not allow him to bring his cat.