Phil Penman comes from a tranquil corner in the county of Dorset, England. today he works as a freelance street photographer in New York. Penman was born in 1977 in Briantspuddle a village in Dorset with 360 inhabitants and what feels like 30,000 sheep.
He had an interest in the visual arts, photography and darkroom work at an early age. after studying photography at the Berkshire college of Art and Design his first job was at the Wokingham Times , a local newspaper published in Berkshire. Penman photographed just about everything , including babies, sheep, and local politicians. at age 21, he received an offer from a photo agency and took charge of their customer Microsoft UK, looking after the company meant taking most of the corporate portraits.
Phil did not let this tie him down and he left great Britain and set out for the United States. New York was his ultimate destination but he made a detour to Los Angeles, where he worked for a celebrity news agency photographing living legends such as Jennifer Lopez, Bill Gates and superman Christopher Reeve. After six months the agency sent him to New York to establish an office.
During his time in New York, he has covered the biggest entertainment and news stories in America, including the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attacks - for which his work won worldwide recognition. Penman has spent the past 15 years cycling around the city documenting a broad spectrum of New York life. Phil's work has been exhibited at the Leica Gallery in New York city as well as being
featured in Leica Fotografie International.
He currently travels across the world photographing assignments for a diverse range of clients including the best selling magazines People and Hello, British newspapers the Independent, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as American publications Usa today and New York Post.
Phil was recently listed as one of the " 52 most influential street Photographers" alongside the greats Henri Cartier Bresson and Sebastiao Salgado.
2018 NYC Street
Explore the visual storytelling of six creative geniuses at “NYC Street”: Mark de Paola, Phil Penman, Dimitri Mellos, Joana Toro, Donna Ferrato, and Greg Brophy. Whether shooting behind the scenes at fashion week or taking a stroll through a disappearing neighborhood, discover one of the most iconic cities through the distinct perspective of these New York City photographers. This one-night event is on January 20th at the Caelum Gallery, presented by Loculars and curated by eminent photo editors Alice Gabriner (formerly at TIME Magazine) and James Welford (National Geographic).
During this gallery event, you will have the opportunity to register to one (or all) of the "NYC Street" experiences by Loculars for a unique chance to explore the city through the eyes of the exhibiting photographers. Participants will be able to loan a Leica camera and/or lens for up to a week long if shooting an experience with Mark de Paola, Phil Penman, Dimitri Mellos, or Donna Ferrato. Click here to learn more.
Group Exhibition, Caelum Gallery
New York City, United States
2015 LEICA GALLERY
A New York-based photographer has captured his impressions of the bustling city in a collection of street photography that particularly focuses on the manifestations of urban culture. From Portraits to Landscapes shots, Phil Penman, who comes from a tiny village in Dorset, United Kingdom, captures different aspects of city life in busting New York City,
September, October, November 2015
Solo Show, Leica Gallery
New York City, United States
the leica blog: icons of new york
Capturing icons is a tricky job, be that humans or landmarks. An icon is an icon for a reason, people know what to expect, they can usually picture the image in their mind's eye as soon as they hear the name or phrase uttered. Which is one of the reasons that Phil Penman's work is so refreshing, he delivers the unexpected. His New York series is an ode to the iconic sights of his chosen hometown, seen through the lens of a native and not a tourist. Phil has lived in New York City for over 17 years, he's seen the city go through many changes and has captured those with his camera while riding around town on his fixed gear. His work is characterized by a love for the city, which exudes out of every one of his images, as well as a lot patience.
He spends his days riding around town, enjoying New York City's unique characters, capturing them with his Leica SL while he waits for that perfect beam of sunlight to hit the next architectural landmark. Born in the charmingly named village of Briantspuddle in the county of Dorset, the veteran photographer has made New York his home while it has also become an important part of his work. Below we caught up with Phil to discuss his photography and his singular view on one of the most iconic cities of our time.
the streets I walk: 52 most influential Street Photographers List
This street photographers list is not about who was or is the "Best' Street Photographer, but rather , about those that have influenced Street Photography historically, currently, technically ,artistically, or even just by the influence they had on other photographers. This ' influence' is about those that were influenced years ago, but also, those of the new generation of street photographers being influenced today.
photolemur: photographing everlasting diversity of new York with phil penman
He is quite literally, an Englishman in New York City. Originally from the small village of Briantspuddle in Dorset, Phil Penman has been photographing New York City for 17 years. Today he is included in the list of the most influential photographers with Henri Cartier Bresson and Diane Arbus.
pdn magazine: the right motivation: new York city photographer phil penman reinvigorates his career with leica cameras
"I've always thought New York was kind of a living thing itself" says Phil Penman. The multitalented photographer was born and raised in the English countryside, but since 2000, hemade New York his home. The city's ever- changing streets have become a muse for Penman, pulling him out of the kind of creative rut that even successful shooters like him fall into. "I was doing celebrity stuff for about 15 years, and it just became monotonous," he says. It wasn't that way in the beginning. " I'll put it this way: If you're a kid in your 20's and you're told you can make hundreds of thousands a year staying in five-star hotels all over the world, you'll be like 'Hell yeah, I'm going to do that' And he did, catching flights at the drop of a hat to photograph luminaries for the British Splash News agency. But the constant travel kept him from having much of a personal life and over time the work itself became less engaging. "It was crazy, the air miles we were doing,"he says. "The market changed and the business changed, and I said, ' I can't do this anymore."
9/11 memorial museam: iconic photo brings survivors together years after 9/11
Survivors of the 9/11 attacks have learned to cope with a strange range of trauma, from survivor guilt to post traumatic stress disorder. But out of this pain emerged a wide- ranging community of evacuees ready to support one another. Today we are highlighting one such meaningful connection: the entwined stories of Joanne Capestro and Phil Penman, an office worker and a photographer whose lives intersected with the brief click of the shutter in a moment of chaos.
the leica blog: train, eat, sleep and repeat: inside a cyclists day
Phil Penman comes from a tranquil corner in the county of Dorset, England. Today he works as a freelance street photographer in New York. Penman was born in 1977 in Briantspuddle a village in Dorset with 360 inhabitants and what feels like 30,000 sheep. He had an interest in the visual arts, photography and darkroom work at an early age. After studying photography at the Berkshire College of Art and Design his first job was at the Wokingham Times, a local newspaper published in Berkshire.
the huffington post: two hours in time on 9/11 with phil penman
Two hours in time on 9/11
Phil Penman is a British photographer who has been living in New York for over 15 years. During his time in NYC Phil has photographed some iconic images that you may have seen.
One series of photos stands out and is probably one of the most remembered days in our present history of the world and to New Yorkers in particular.
On September the 11th 2001 Phil Penman was asleep at his home and he received a phone call to inform him that the World Trade Centre had been hit by a plane.
I met up with Phil in New York after finding common interests in photography and seeing his photos displayed at the Leica store in Soho, NY. I made contact with him over email, later we met and walked around New York. I asked him to give me his recollection of the day. This is Phil’s timeline of 9/11 with powerful and upsetting displays of confusion, heartbreak and a real feel for that moment in time, This is the first time Phil has ever spoke out about his experiences since 9/11.
the sun newspaper: hell on earth
These eerie photos show the immediate and terrifying aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks which shocked the planet and cost nearly 3000 lives. The were taken by a young British photographer working and living in New York but little did he know then the effect that day would have on him and the rest of the world.
bbc radio one: phil penman discusses his day on 9/11
my modern met: top 10 contemporary street photographers
Phil Penman‘s offbeat, black and white photographs document intriguing aspects of everday life in New York City. Originally from the UK, Penman now calls New York his home and when he's not photographing celebrities for People and USA Today, he's out on the streets, camera in hand. “Every morning, I head out the door armed with my Leica M and bike, and all I ever hope for is to come home with just one image I’m proud of. I’m drawn to those individuals who are not trying to be cool or would even think they are, but just have great character and style.”
daily mail.com: the big apple in black and white
A New York-based photographer has captured his impressions of the bustling city in a collection of street photography that particularly focuses on the manifestations of urban culture.
From portraits to landscape shots, Phil Penman, who comes from a tiny village in Dorset, United Kingdom, captures different aspects of city life in bustling New York City.
Penman's collection of mostly black and white photographs features people in their everyday life as they walk around sites in the city such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Battery Park as well as residents enjoying sports including cycling and skateboarding.
ona bags: profile photographer: phil penman
Phil Penman is a British-born editorial and portrait photographer based in New York City, but as we learned when we grabbed coffee with him earlier this year, he’s also built up quite a few frequent flyer miles while shooting news and covering famous subjects such Christopher Reeve, Bill Gates, and the artist Damien Hirst.
We also learned that a solo show featuring Phil’s street photography is currently on display at Leica Soho in New York through December 5th, so if you’re in New York, you should definitely drop by and check it out. And of course, be sure to read on and learn more about this Leica-wielding, bike-riding Brit.
leica fotographie magazine: training camp
New York based photographer Phil Penman is best known for his street and cycling sports photography. With the Leica SL, he accompanied Britains Team Sky ( Established in 2009 ) during their annual winter training in Mallorca. In 2012 Team Sky member Bradley Wiggins was the first Brit in history to win the Tour de France.
m magazine: chalet magazine
For the second issue of Chalet Magazine, Phil Penman photographed an excursion of New York bicycle enthusiasts to Montreal, Canada. In addition to the city and culture in general, Penman's pictures offer a glimpse into the bicycle scene in megacity.
daily mail.com: 9/11
" I was in the only area where people got out alive': Photographer explains how he found himself at Ground Zero as the towers fell - and how the two-hour ordeal changed his life.
the leica blog: a cycle trek from the saddle
Born and raised in the tiny village of Briantspuddle in the county of Dorset in the United Kingdom, Phil Penman studied photography at the prestigious Berkshire College of Art and Design. A veteran commercial photographer with an uneering instinct for capturing the timeless and compelling in seemingly ordinary scenes, Phil Penman is also an avid bicyclist and semipro racer. In this interview he explains how he documented a 440- mile bicycle trek from New York to Montreal for Chalet Magazine astride his two-wheeler with a Leica M and M9.
creative boom: photographs of new York city's bizarre everyday life in black and white
If you've not yet graced New York City's streets and sampled the weird and wonderful delights it has to offer, then photographer Phil Penman will enlighten you. His beautiful black and white photography of the Big Apple shows the metropolis in a very unexpected light, sharing the everyday and sometimes bizarre lives of the characters who reside there.