In pictures: Brief encounters through the lens

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Photographer Mark Fairhurst began his career photographing inanimate objects, from jewellery to plugs which were used in advertising. Seeing his work, someone told him that if you can make a plug look good, imagine what you can do for people.

It was this that sparked the idea of switching to portraiture and now an exhibition of his work is to be shown at Tetbury Goods Shed in Gloucestershire.

Image source, Mark Fairhurst
Image caption,
Zara Tindall

Fairhurst's pictures are usually taken on location and often he has little time to capture the image he wants.

Brief Encounters displays images taken on a one-to-one basis, often only with a short time to prepare the set on location.

"It's a challenge to create a relaxed atmosphere other than in a studio," says Fairhurst. "I would never have thought that I would be in front of so many famous people in my career."

Image source, Mark Fairhurst
Image caption,
Tony Benn

He works in black and white taking inspiration from photographers such as Irving Penn, Jane Bown, David Bailey and Richard Avedon.

"You have to be a psychologist and a photographer doing portraiture," says Fairhurst.

"Connection and the ability to put at ease, that's the key. Lighting is important, but a great portrait comes from a good connection at that critical moment in time."

Image source, Mark Fairhurst
Image caption,
Fiona Fullerton
Image source, Mark Fairhurst
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Baroness Lloyd-Webber
Image source, Mark Fairhurst
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James May
Image source, Mark Fairhurst
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Antonio Carluccio
Image source, Mark Fairhurst
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Jilly Cooper
Image source, Mark Fairhurst
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen