By Michael Shelford

Central London-based photographer Michael Wharley specialises in advertising, portrait and editorial work for entertainment industry clients and beyond, and is the BIPP Photographer of the Year 2018.

In commissioned and personal work, he creates bold, atmospheric pictures that balance narrative with visual impact, whether for film and theatre posters, editorial portraits, TV shows, magazines, book covers or advertising campaigns.

Recent highlights include shooting Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay for new feature ‘Summerland,’ Alice Lowe for acclaimed horror-comedy ‘Prevenge’, an award-winning series for Connor McPherson’s ‘The Weir’, atmospheric portraits of ‘King of Clowns’ Chris Lynam, and the young cast of a major revival of modern rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’.

He has also shot a series of environmental working portraits on commission in India, and a personal project on ‘Cold Water Swimmers’ in South London.

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As comfortable shooting frosty pensioners as celebrities, Michael brings precision, technical skill and creativity to each new brief, with an easy-going manner that makes the process simplicity itself.

An AOP member and Fellow of the BIPP, Michael was recently given a Gold Award in Portraiture and the title 2018 BIPP ‘Photographer of the Year’ for his The Weir images. Read more


Michael Wharley is an AOP member, a qualified Fellow of the BIPP, and the winner of a number of industry awards, including BIPP Photographer of the Year 2018.

Clients include: Lionsgate, Embankment Film, Shoebox Films, Organic PR, Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, Picturehouse Cinemas, The National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Original Theatre Company, Joe Public PR, Dressing Room 5 PR, The Globe Theatre, Access All Areas, I AM Marketing, Sellador, Polka Theatre, Metta Theatre, Exeter Northcott & Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Cut & Mustard (Endemol Shine Label), Keston & Keston, The Arcola, DEM Productions, Triumph Entertainment,  The Watermill Theatre, Glynis Henderson Productions, Polka Theatre, Samuel French Publishing,  Nick Hern Books, Playdead Press, W.W. Norton, The Luna Cinema, Penguin Random House & Live Canon

Background: Michael read English at Merton College, Oxford, studied acting at the RCSSD, and worked as a successful stage actor for 6 years, before retraining at Photofusion in 2007. He has been a full-time photographer since 2010, and runs a busy studio at Make Space close to Waterloo in Central London.

Michael lives in South London, with his screen- and play-writing partner, a borderline addiction to coffee and the albatross of a lifelong love of Liverpool Football Club. He can often be found in Brockwell Lido, even in winter, the idiot.