Photographer and artist Phil Knott’s portfolio includes clients such as Boy George, Justin Timberlake, Jude Law, Christian Bale, Kanye West, The Libertines, and countless others. Based in Brooklyn, Phil started out at Harrow college, but soon became frustrated at not being able to learn enough, quick enough.
When he left university in his last year for a job at Click Studios, he worked as an assistant to some of the biggest names in photography. Phil tells t5m how inspired he was working with the likes of the great Mondino, ‘that was the one that did it for me – it was like fireworks going off’.
The photographer explains how he thinks you get an ‘honest’ portrait out of a subject. Focusing on ‘the expressions, what people do in the off moments’, Phil prefers the subtler approach as opposed to cheesy, direct ‘wedding photos’.
‘There’s something nice about portraits when you have to look into them’.