Willie Christie was born in 1948. Having left Eton at aged 17, he took a varied route - including a spell in Australia – to his career as a photographer. David Anthony gave him his first job as an assistant and he got the bug which was then embedded by working for the great Clive Arrowsmith. In 1971 he took the leap from assistant to photographer and a commission from Over 21 Magazine opened the doors to a full time career. During the 70s and early 80s he worked extensively as a photographer with British Vogue, which included working closely with Grace Coddington who spotted his talent and shooting 12 covers. His portfolio includes award winning advertising campaigns (L'Oreal and Yves St Laurent), fashion and portrait work for international icons (Cary Grant, Grace Jones and Joanna Lumley) and Rock 'n' Roll album covers and portraits (Rolling Stones and David Bowie).
Willie Christie's work has been showcased in Vision Gallery (Arizona), the Little Black Gallery, selected for the RA's Summer Exhibition 2011 and his Mick Jagger portrait of 1969 was selected for the international tour of Les Recontres D'Arles 2010 exhibition (click to see the guardian vodcast). He is work is featured in a wide selection of books including; People in Vogue by Robin Derrick & Robin Muir, Wonderful Today by Pattie Boyd and Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.