"William Ellis' exquisite portrait of Stan Tracey is a timeless classic." Jon Newey, Editor Jazzwise "Like the musicians he photographs William Elli


"William Ellis' exquisite portrait of Stan Tracey is a timeless classic."

Jon Newey, Editor Jazzwise

"Like the musicians he photographs William Ellis has paid his dues; long years of photographing festivals and local events up and down England honed his talents and gave him a taste for performance photography."

Interview at Allaboutjazz by Ian Patterson

William Ellis

"Music drives the whole thing - It inspires the image." William Ellis

Season's Greetings!

I specialise in photographing musicians am based in the U.K. and work internationally.
My pictures are in the collections of The National Portrait Gallery, London, The ARChive of Contemporary Music, New York and The American Jazz Museum, Kansas City MO respectively - and I’m proud to say with many of the musicians with whom I’ve worked.
My images have been shown at international music festivals, music education conferences and galleries around the world.
Please visit the website where you can see my portfolio.

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Happy New Year – Happy New Promo Pictures!

I’m available for promotional photography for print and websites – performance pictures, portraits, in the studio or on location at affordable rates for solo artists and groups - starting at £120.00
I’ve worked with a wide range of emerging and established artists and with recording and publishing companies including Linn, Naim and Sony.

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Trish Heenan, vocalist

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Benet McLean, pianist/vocalist

"I needed new promo pictures and an album cover and when I booked William I had no clear idea of what I wanted other than something unique to me. At the session I soon felt very relaxed – it was a lot of fun. I love the pictures!” Trish Heenan


Herbie Hancock, 2008

Beautiful prints of jazz legends are available and ready to frame. 
Check out the Online Photo Shop where you can buy gift vouchers, A4 size prints from only £9.95 with free delivery. 
Signed and titled open edition prints from £25.00 and limited edition photographs from £395.00. More on Gift Vouchers.

Exhibitions and Presentations

“The Festival has benefited from some excellent photographic exhibitions and talks from William Ellis – his pictures are always stunning and the anecdotes intriguing - just ask him about his conversation with Miles.”

Mike Gordon, Director, Scarborough Jazz Festival

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A selection of framed prints are available for exhibition at music festivals, arts and 
educational events and conferences. 
Artists include Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson and Herbie Hancock.

'Pop up' style exhibitions are lightweight, inexpensive to ship and fast to set up and are 
becoming increasing popular, particularly for display in less formal and temporary 

I’m an experienced speaker and can tailor my illustrated talks for any audience type - whether it’s music fans, art or photographic associations delivering informative and entertaining recollections, insightful anecdotes about shoots with musicians all over the world.
Presentations can be booked in conjunction with an exhibition or programmed as part of a jazz festivals or other event.


The One LP Project

"Great Project" - Graham Nash


The One LP world premiere exhibition was held in New York at The ARChive of Contemporary Music and was featured in Time Out New York.
See the One LP project..

“The ARChive is not a presenting organization, but were were so impressed by Mr. Ellis’ work that we hosted our first gallery exhibition and presented his photographs here in New York. It was a resounding success, with hundreds of visitors.”
Bob George – Co-Founder and Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music


Jack Bruce talks about his One LP

"It's called “L'ascension” by Olivier Messiaen who was a French composer I have loved for most of my life. Why I love his compositions is he shows that music has always existed. Humans only stole it. We borrowed it but it's in nature. It holds the universe together; ask any skylark or ask any blackbird they'll tell you."
Band on the Wall, Manchester
Read the story behind the memorable shoot here.

Contact |
William Ellis | william-ellis.com| The Photo Shop +44 7711 886 664
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