Iain McKell is a fashion, portrait and social documentary photographer whose work has been published in L’uomo Vogue, i-D and The Face. cKell grew up in Weymouth and began working as a seaside photographer aged 19. He later studied graphic design at the Exeter College of Art and Design before moving to London in 1979 to work as a designer. He held an exhibition in his own studio in 1984 entitled ‘Iain McKell LIVE’. In this event members of the public were invited to witness McKell at work, he photographed members of The Comic Strip and many of the visitors. This was followed in 1985 by an open workshop in The Photographers’ Gallery, showing his work and a documentary film about the previous year. The success of these events led McKell to work on advertising campaigns for Smirnoff and Red Stripe.