New Member: Graham Tooby


British photographer Graham Tooby was born in Surrey, England in 1972 and from an early age become fascinated with the world around him.

Showing a clear talent for the arts at school, Graham pursued Art, Sculpture and Photography to a consistently high standard, and he was in no doubt about which career path he would follow and Graham later went on to gain a 2:1 BA (hons) degree in Art and Design from Kingston University in 1994.

It was during Graham’s university years in London that he became familiar with 90’s British photographic icon Alex Buckingham, whose notorious studio was located above Graham’s mothers fashion design company in the heart of London’s West End.

For five years, Graham worked as assistant to Alex Buckingham and learnt the craft from the very basics. In those days of film photography, Graham learnt the true discipline of what it meant to be a photographer and spent many days loading film in dark cupboards, liaising with the developers labs, setting up intricate lighting on sets and understanding and appreciating traditional photographic skills.

Graham took over the studio from Alex Buckingham, who emigrated in 2002, and enjoyed many successes when he transformed the studio to a digital system and was requested to shoot for many key industry players. Graham’s credits include: Toshiba, Lynx,Honda, Peugeot, Citroen, Sony, Vodaphone, HSBC, Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Bialetti – which he won silver at The Creative Awards 2008. Graham has also recently worked with Virgin, Digital UK, Diageo, Unilever, Hilton Hotel Group, Clarks, Cadburys, Garnier and Courvoisier and Dairy Crest – this campaign was selected and featured in Lürzers Archive. Recently shooting for MAC Air, which is soon to be in the portfolio!

Graham moved to the UAE a year ago and has already worked for some of the regions top companies including Limitless, Majid Al Futtaim Group (Mall of the Emirates), Masdar City Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Burger King Middle East, H&H Properties and Puck. His continued close alliance with the UKs best digital retouchers, has given Graham the edge over other GCC competitors and he continues to adopt world class practices which distinguish his work from others.

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