Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney - Commercial Portraiture

Event info

After graduating in photography in London in the early 90s, Sweeney went on to shoot for most music / fashion / style magazines around the globe in the nineties, after spells in London, Reykjavik, Oslo. Now based in Glasgow, he is still shooting lots of famous people and lots of not so famous people. He has exhibited all around Europe and two books of work are currently being finalised. His exhibition 'Great Stadiums of the North' was on show at Sogo Arts in Glasgow.

Photographs were also commissioned by Scottish Canals as a pre-cursor to large-scale re-development of a stretch of the canal between Anniesland and Pinkston, Glasgow. The photographs form a visual diary of his year spent walking the canal, documenting the people he met along the way and the changing face of the waterway from its industrial heyday to a site of leisure and recreation.


Eriskay - Great Stadiums of the North Series

It all began in 1995, when I asked Einarr Orn of The Sugarcubes, whilst I was out shooting in Reykjavik, if that tiny wooden stand next to a football pitch was for a junior team, and he replied, ‘No, it’s a Premier League team and one of the oldest in Iceland…’ He wasn’t lying and I just became hooked on collecting these images of obscure empty football fields.


Fiona Bruce - Radio Times


Idris Elba - Channel 4

Sweeney is a legendary figure in the photographic world, known for his professionalism, enthusiasm and boundless energy, going from one location to the next, fashion shoots, adverts, documentary work, magazine work - his creativity never stops. Sweeney’s been described as the equivalent of Hunter S Thompson with a camera - but
only far more talented - while his looks have been described as a grizzled Santa’s helper or a more handsome Billy Bob Thornton, take your pick.


Applecross - Neil Pryde Bikes

All Images © Brian Sweeney - Visit his website by clicking this link.


Zoom video-conferencing

This event will take place via video-conference using Zoom Webinar.

You will be emailed a link in advance so you can join the event. Watch for a PDF document attached to your RPS Event Booking Confirmation email for more information about Zoom.

During the event you will be able to see Euan Ross and his images. You will be able to ask questions after his session.

Booking a place

You will need to book online in order to be able to access this event. 

Booking closes at 17.00 GMT on Sunday 4 December. This event is free for RPS Scotland members, but these members still have to ‘purchase’ a (free) ticket via Eventbrite to join the event. If you are not an RPS Scotland member you will need to pay through Eventbrite (link provided) in order to book.

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Event Organiser

Steven Whittaker ARPS


Cancellation policy

If circumstances beyond our control cause cancellation of the online event you will be reimbursed. It is for each attendee to ensure they are able to view this presentation online. It may not be possible for the host/organiser to rectify any problems attendees may have. For that reason, it is in your best interest to satisfy yourself that you can communicate via Zoom before the event. No refund will be available if you are unable to attend the meeting for any reason.



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