Brooklyn Beckham Enters World of Photography in New Book

Brooklyn Beckham Enters World of Photography in New Book

Get an exclusive look into the young photographer's life.

Get an exclusive look into the young photographer's life.

Text: Adair Smith

How did you get into photography?

When I moved back to London from LA I was literally looking through my GCSE [General Certificate of Secondary Education] options and photography was listed. It just stood out for me. My dad had just bought me my first camera and so I started taking pictures wherever I went. I realized I really enjoyed the whole developing and editing process and it kind of went from there.

What was your first camera?

It was a Fuji.

Do you prefer film or digital or a mixture of both?

I like both. I interned for Alasdair McClellan and it really made me fall in love with the whole process of shooting on film. So I guess at the moment that is what I prefer — but film is expensive, so I am still shooting both.

When did you come up with the idea to create a book?

I had been using my Instagram to show my photos; it was a great platform for me. Penguin starting following what I was doing and approached me about creating a book of images. And now Rizzoli is publishing the book in the States. It's such an amazing opportunity for me.

The book is called What I See — where did the title come from? Can you talk a bit about the concept behind the book?

It called What I See because when we were thinking of titles, talking about the concept of the book, and looking through all the images — that's exactly what it is. Things I have seen! It's a snapshot of my life as a teenager — family images, places I've been, landscapes I've loved, friends, strangers.

Who are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I really love spontaneous portraits. I carry my camera with me everywhere and it's always on. So if I see someone interesting, I just shoot them. Often it's someone random, sometimes it's someone in the family doing something that I can capture when they aren't aware.

Are you interested in getting more into fashion photography? You shot a Burberry fragrance campaign, is that something you want to do more of?

I love some of the great fashion photographers. I admire them so much and have been really fortunate to have been given the opportunity to intern with some of them. So I think yes — but I'm still learning and I'll see where it takes me.

What is your favorite photo in the book and why?

It's so hard to choose! There's a color portrait of an older guy and a separate one of his hands. I met him behind the scenes on Guy Ritchie's set of King Arthur. I found him fascinating. He had such an interesting face and way about him so I asked him if I could shoot him. I love those two shots.

What or who influences your work and who do you look up to in the industry?

I love Steven Meisel. Especially when he works with natural light. I think David Sims is amazing... Nick Knight, Mario Sorrenti, Alasdair McClellan.

What is one thing you want everyone to know about the book?

That is a representation of my life and what I saw as a teenager.

© Brooklyn Beckham, What I See, Rizzoli, 2017
Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF BROOKLYN BECKHAM/RIZZOLI

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