His unique style combines standards of fashion and magazine photography with elements of earthy realism and more dreamlike surrealist concepts. He shoots in both black & white and color, imparting a rich texture to his images that recalls the atmospheric cinema of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
English began his career through chance encounters with the jazz musician Chet Baker and the pop artist Andy Warhol. After both subjects agreed to pose for the then amateur photographer, English’s work caught the eye of the musician Eric Clapton, who invited English to photograph Clapton’s tour and, subsequently, the liner note images for the blues album From the Cradle.
This stunning series presents the lives of downtrodden subjects with the same grace, dignity and humanity as the rich and famous subjects in English’s other work; English later returned to this same area for an experimental project using a Leica digital camera. English’s work is a testament to how pictures of the human face can tell stories beyond those we see on the screen or in the street.