Marc Aitken has been surrounded by fashion, photographers and models for as long as he can remember. His Mother was 60’s model Pamela Portman, who ran her own model agency and whose circle included Brian Epstein, legendary fashion photographer Norman Parkinson and Andrew Loog Oldham Manager of the Rolling Stones.
He studied Theatre Lighting and Set Design at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he was taught by respected lighting designers Richard Pilbrow and John B. Read among others. A career in Theatre and Rock ’n Roll followed during which he worked on the original Kate Bush tour and spent five years working in London’s West End Theatre on shows such as Barnum and Evita.
More recently, he has worked with both Peter Gabriel and renowned music video director Dick Caruthers, filming artists as diverse as Rush to Usher. In his former life he has produced events for corporate clients such as Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Disney and NASA. Marc is a veteran of over ten seasons at London Fashion Week, and has produced work for The Body Shop, Jigsaw and Burberry in collaboration with Orange amongst others. His runway work has been featured in publications such as Vogue online, The Times, The Guardian, The Mail Online, FutureClaw USA and Fashion 156 as well as Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week's most innovative and exciting venue.
He draws Inspiration from many sources; from Italian Vogue to the films of Ridley Scott. His experience of set design, theatre lighting and film-making gives his photography a filmic and theatrical edge, allowing him to tell a story through the still image.
“I love fashion, I grew up surrounded by it. The 1960’s are a big influence on me and I am always trying to sneak a bit of that Pop Art glamour and fun into everything I do”.
In addition to his work with magazines and online fashion publications, Marc has built a reputation for bringing his signature style to portrait shoots for private clients who wish to acquire images that transport them from the ordinary to a world limited only by the imagination.