Born on a sunny spring day in the North East of England, Andy Phillipson is a multi-award winning professional photographer who now lives, works, laughs and loves in Edinburgh.

Having been originally schooled in the history and theory of art and design, his work often explores the relationship between art and photography and where possible attempts to marry the two disciplines.

The images you see here are a selection taken from Andy’s extensive archive and amongst them he hopes that you will find some moments of drama, humour and quietude.

Andy would like to thank you for lending your eyes…


During the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Andy’s major solo exhibition – ‘Portraits from the North’ enjoyed an extended stay at the city’s Italian Cultural Institute. Andy was also the artist in residence at Home House Edinburgh for the inaugural exhibition – ‘Impressions & Abstractions’ which enjoyed an extended run in 2007.

Amongst other places, Andy’s work has been exhibited at Kew Gardens, Wakehurst Place, RHS Wisley and in London’s Cork Street at the Medici Gallery.

Currently the 3rd place prize winner in the Royal Horticultural Society photographic awards for ‘Haiku No. 3’, making this his fifth consecutive successful year in the competition.

Andy is currently working on ongoing projects both at home and abroad as well as undertaking special commissions, the most notable of which is photographing artworks for the upcoming book on Joan Eardley. He has also recently photographed nearly 4500 artworks in Edinburgh, Fife & Central Scotland as part of The Public Catalogue Foundation project.

When he is not behind the lens Andy loves dogs, Caravaggio and the music turned up loud but has very little time for politicians or mayonnaise. Andy never goes to bed early.


Andy would particularly like to thank Tom Payne without whom this beautiful website would simply not have been possible. If you would like to commission a similarly bespoke and lovely site please e-mail “”

Additionally, Andy would like to give thanks to Debbie and Jon B for moral and technical support..


Andy is in awe of :- Henri Cartier Bresson, Sibylle Bergemann, Annie Leibowitz, Eve Arnold, Frank Hurley & Herbert Ponting, Robert Capa, Ragnar Axelsson, Steve McCurry, Diane Arbus, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Spencer Tunick, Andreas Gursky Tim Flach, Nick Brandt, Sam Haskins, Anton Corbijn, Garry Fabian Miller, Gregory Crewdson, Deborah Turberville and Slinkachu amongst many others.

“When I take 100 pictures on a topic, for which the blurry image conveys the greatest truth, then I simply offer the blurry photograph.” Sibylle Bergemann