Jeff Mitchell was born in Milton, Scotland in 1970. He has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, author and filmmaker Edmund Mitchell, in pursuing his passions for travel and photography. Jeff first felt the pull of photography in the early 1980s, while traveling through the Amazon River basin. Realizing the importance of his experience and the need to document it, Jeff purchased his first camera, a Canon 35mm A-1.
Returning from his trip to the Amazon, Jeff realized his images lacked emotional impact. So, in an effort to improve his craft, he enrolled in photography classes at both Pasadena City College and Otis Parsons School of Design.
After completing his education, Jeff felt it was time for a new adventure. His choice of direction was heavily influenced by the book “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Earnest Hemingway.
Jeff joined a multi-national group in an assault on the summit of the much-celebrated mountain. Reaching this goal impacted him so deeply that he was compelled to return to Africa time after time. His photographic work documents his travels from the Uturi Forest in Uganda, where he spent time with an indigenous pygmy tribe, to as far south as the Kalahari Desert, where he shared life with the bushman. After returning from his adventures in Africa, Jeff started working on commercial projects, magazines, and corporate annuals.
Jeff then attended UCLA, taking photojournalism classes in preparation for his biggest adventure and challenge of all: Bosnia. In Bosnia his task was to photograph projects for a major humanitarian organization.
He has been a photographer for over 20 years starting out on the Helnsburgh Advertiser and progressing to the Edinburgh Evening News and Glasgow Herald. He also worked for Reuters before taking up a staff position for Getty Images in 2006, as a News Photographer based in Scotland.
Assignments have varied over the years from covering the recent clashes in Kiev, the Arab Spring, World Cup in Africa for FIFA, traveling on the Labour battle bus during the 2010 general election and features like Lairg Lamb sale (the largest one day sale in Europe) and Up Helly (AA Viking Festival) on the Shetland Isles. He has also been involved in many UK international news stories such as the funerals of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, the foot and mouth outbreak and the multiple murder of 16 school children at Dunblane Primary School in March of 1996.
Some of the below pictures, that used on Ukip’s “breaking point” migrant poster, show the terrible plight of refugees fleeing war-torn countries. These pictures helped Jeff Mitchell win Photographer of the Year 2016 Award. He currently lives in Alexandria with his wife Lyn and two sons Finlay and Callum.
So, here are 15 of his most famous photographs:
For more photographs from Jeff Mitchell, visit: Foula Island, the most remote & inhabited island of Scotland
For more information, please visit his Official Site: Jeff G. Mitchell Photography