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Ian Hoskin

Born: 1955

Hometown: London

Based in: London

I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1955. In the mid-70s, having not done at all well at school, I decided to take time out and go hitch-hiking, I got as far as Afghanistan. Up until that point, I had no real interest in taking photographs, but that journey opened my eyes to the possibilities. I returned home, worked for a year, borrowed an old Ilford camera from my Grandfather and went off again. This time I went overland through Europe, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India and, finally, Nepal.

On my return from Nepal, I went back to education in order to qualify for a place to study Fine Art in Sheffield and graduated in 1981. I worked professionally as a freelance photographer for BBC Television whilst continuing my own photographic projects. Originally I was working with film and print in the darkroom, but as the quality of digital has improved, I now predominantly use it. Film and print are now reserved for those projects where it really is the best option.

I had the idea to work on a series of Flower Portraits well before the Lockdowns, but during the time when we were all cloistered indoors because of the Pandemic, they provided the perfect subject, and I found a real sense of purpose in creating them.


More About Ian Hoskin

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Making something that is worth looking at even if the original subject matter wasn't.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Think about it for some time, let it brew and then get it down.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

sometimes sober, always graphic, never whimsical.

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Karsh, Bailey and Avedon.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Lighting. Lighting, Lighting

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Examine your mistakes as well as your successes

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Sometimes the garden, sometimes the beach, sometimes in a conversation.

Collections Featuring Ian Hoskin

5 Collections

Barbie Pink Collection

Barbie Pink Collection

54 Artists, 66 Products

Last updated: July 27, 2023

Floral Art Collection

Floral Art Collection

43 Artists, 65 Products

Last updated: March 1, 2023

Art/Design Gifts for Nature Lovers

Art/Design Gifts for Nature Lovers

66 Artists, 105 Products

Last updated: December 7, 2022



Sheffield Polytechnic

United Kingdom, 1981


Deceived With Ornament

United Kingdom, 2019


United Kingdom, 2019


United Kingdom, 2018

Ladies First

United Kingdom, 2017

Driven To Abstraction

United Kingdom, 2015

New Perspectives On The Nude

United Kingdom, 1981