Misan Harriman on photographing the human situation
“I only took a camera a little over three years ago when I was 40, but I'd say my eye really trained from birth,” says Misan Harriman. Within a few years, after a career in recruiting, the photographer became known for his thought-provoking and widespread images of protests against Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion.
In parallel, there has been an ever-growing line of commissions, from leading titles to photo stars, from his portraits of Steve McQueen, Kate Winslet, Lewis Hamilton and Chiwetel Ejiofor to his seminal proliferation, leading activist for the UK's September cover Vogue documents problem. He was also behind the recent photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing they were expecting another child.
Above: Naomi Campbell and Adut Akech. Above: Misan Harriman © Camilla Holmstroem. All other images © Misan Harriman
Harriman was born in Nigeria and raised in the UK. He attended boarding school in the English countryside, a time he found difficult, along with his experiences in an education system not designed for people like him. "I'm neurodivers – a term that has only recently been used. I'm very dyslexic and I'm sure that other spectra, which probably haven't been discovered yet, are in the way my brain is wired so that I really had problems in the classroom, "he recalls." I was at the bottom of most of the classes I was in, and it wasn't until this thing called the internet came into my life that I realized I could consume information in this way. how my brain is wired a lot and fast.