Russell Cobb is a Photographer and Artist . He studied photography and illustration at Central Saint Martins School of Art London.
Both disciplines have alway continued to feed each other. Russell comes from a background in event photography, where he now works in portraiture, fashion and other brands connected to vintage and retro aesthetics.
His work focuses on Portraiture and Story Telling, particularly focusing on actors and re-enactors obsessed with history. In broader terms he observes time travellers, British sub-cultures, playing with the notion of obsession and escapism . He's fascinated by the concept of actors and stage, where he believes there is an actor in everyone. He photographs people from all walks of life who transform themselves into an alternative persona. The photographs show a diverse world, where many people freely roam and time travel through the centuries.
In 2017 he was commissioned by the Duke of Richmond to work on an on-going portrait book project, photographing people attending Goodwood Revival, one of the worlds largest vintage motoring events. Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in historic dress, a perfect hunting ground for his work. His work has subsequently been commissioned by clients and brands that feed these historic and vintage worlds.
The photographs show a diverse field, where many actors and re-enactors freely roam and time travel through the centuries. One seven year photo essay focussed on WW2 re-enactment, depicted the nostalgia and romance portrayed by popular culture in films, books and comics. This culminated in an exhibition of 100 large scale prints in 2017.
Russell has guest lectured at many leading design and educational establishments throughout Europe and is currently an Associate lecturer at Solent University UK.
His Art works have won many UK awards, amongst others 5 Best of British Gold Awards, D&AD's and Creative Review's Best in Book Award.