Brian Anderson was born in Glasgow’s East -End. He discovered photography in 1988 through his local arts centre The Cranhill Arts Project. He got his big break in the early 1990s when pop legend Prince came to Glasgow. Brian was the only photographer to capture his picture and his exclusive pics were used in the national press across the world. He then went on to have an amazing career until this day . He covered the biggest news stories of the day including the Death of Princess Diana, Lockerbie bomber, Dunblane, Glasgow terror attack, Stockline disaster The Virgin Rail Crash, to the search for Raoul Moat.
He’s been nominated at the Scottish Press Awards for news photographer of the year three times and was in amongst the prizes at the SPPA awards on several occasions.
His photography has been used on various tv and film projects including British Gangsters on Netflix, Danny Dyers Dangerous Men, Krays Kill Order, Essex Boys Final Word, Fred about British Godfather Freddie Foreman. He was the co author of Faces of the Underworld to critical acclaim, and went on to document six more books.
As well as his back catalogue of 30 years on the Glasgow streets, he has been documenting the biggest crime project in world history, including the biggest names in the British Underworld in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Ireland.
Brian launched Glasgow Eyes Magazine in 2014. Documented the comeback of Bay City Rollers. He is currently working and has documented some of biggest names in rock n roll including The Bay City Rollers, Peter Doherty, Alabama 3, Happy Monday’s, Saffron, Stone Roses, Tony Bennett, Richard Ashcroft, Peter Hook, Rolling Stones, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Rotten, Johnny Marr, Jake Bugg, Gerry Cinnamon, Cast, Alias Kid, Charltans, Amy Winehouse, Alan McGee, Blondie, Wilko, UB40, Embrace, Oasis, Paul Weller, Gary Numan, Wolfetones, Gun, Specials, Lady Gaga, Elton John and The Libertines and much more.
Brian has also documented Glasgow’s music scene including the rise of Gerry Cinnamon.
In the latest new projects Brian brings a 30 year book document called Eye Belong To Glasgow about his hometown released in 2020 to national press exposure.
Oct 2019 he works on a special project on the new British mod film called To Be Someone which includes the original cast of classic 1979 epic Quadrophenia and does the stills on UB40 member the great Matt Hoy for his solo album which sees Brian working also with Reggae legend Astro.
In 2021 Brian will announce some major new book projects and launches production company with London publicist Ian Jefferies. It was announced in the national press that Jack Pepper Media would make a documentary of former villain Paul Ferris and are on course to make 3 other film projects later in the year in a portfolio of top productions.
Brian currently resides in Glasgow with his wife Margaret and Daughter katelyn.
Brian now works on projects in fine art / music and reportage and filmmaking