Hugh Arnold was born in Chester and trained as an actor before being enticed into the world of photography by the light and natural outdoor elements of Australia. After being offered a contract by Australian Vogue he returned to Europe, doing his first job for Per Lui and Lei with Franca Sozzani in Milan. More pages followed which was the ticket to open doors worldwide.
He met Hamish Bowles at the collections in Paris who asked hint to shoot Carla Bruni for Harpers and Queen, subsequently working for various Vogue’s, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller, Glamour etc. Soon after he started shooting worldwide beauty campaigns for L’Oreal, Pantene, Wella, Max Facto, Nivea, La Perla etc.
During recent months Hugh’s exploration of photography as an art form has allowed him to develop creatively without commercial constraint, specifically ‘Under Water Nudes’ probably the only person in the world with his previous background currently doing this.
He learnt to Scuba Dive in Egypt, equipped himself with the best quality equipment and flew to Australia to pursue his mission. Cold Antarctic currents, poor visibility, Box Jellyfish and Sharks all conspired to push him further afield to Fiji where he shot until storms made diving impossible. Lured by the Tuna rearing pens in Cozo an island off Malta he continued his mission, this time with a model and ex-swimmer Nika Lauriatis and Polina Barbasova who had been with him in Fiji. Filming everything simultaneously. He has devoted the last 12 months exclusively to this project, exploring the different subliminal stages of human development from womb to womanhood.
Hugh lives in France with his wife Celina and their 4 children (Paloma, Sienna, Oliver and Cosmo).