Brian Dowling is an American photographer from Los Angeles. He came to photography late in life after studying economics at USC, but in 2010 started working as a photographer for MTV & FOX in Los Angeles. He currently works as a contributor for Getty Images in Berlin, Germany.
Brian is currently working on a two-year project named “Redhead Beauty” about redheads from various countries in North America, Australia, and Europe. The art book is scheduled for printing March 17, 2017.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys traveling to Scotland and Taiwan, cycling around Berlin, spicy Asian foods, learning new cooking techniques from Gordon Ramsay…on Youtube, and listening to Indie Rock and Blues music.
MTV, Nickelodeon, FOX, FX, Billboard, Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Microsoft, Elton John Foundation, Microsoft, Uno de 50, & Bloomingdales.
US: Vogue, People Magazine, Vanity Fair, Us Weekly, E!
Germany: Gala, Bild, Closer, Bunte, & Berliner Zeituner
– A Portrait Photography Art Book
Redheads are among the most beautiful creatures to walk the earth. Fact. All that startlingly colourful copper hair. Those freckles. That milky skin.
They stand out from the rest of us dullards like walking Titian muses – which might be the reason many have faced some kind of anti-ginger bullying in the past.
A large format art book containing portraits of Beautiful Redheads from 20 countries photographed by Brian.
“For the past three years, I have been photographing redheads around the world for my project “Redhead Beauty.” I wanted these images to show the natural beauty of women with red hair from almost 20 countries. This project was done without make up artists, special lighting, and excessive Photoshop. I wanted it to be obvious these photos are real reflections of the model and for people to end their stereotypes of redheads.
I have photographed many famous celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Sophie Turner, and Julianne Moore, but the book is more focused on non-celebrity Redheads, although Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale is on the cover!
If you’ve scrolled down this far, I thank you. This book just isn’t about beautiful Redheads though. It’s about helping people of all ages be proud of their red hair! Redhead bullying is a REAL issue as I was even bullied for numerous year in school just for dating a redhead. Your pledge or book order will allow me to continue my photography project and to keep spreading positive vibes about people with red hair.” ~ Brian Dowling
First acquiring the Instagram name @redheads, he began posting some of the images of the redhead celebrities and models he shot but it quickly turned into a passion art project that chose to break out of the confines of models alone and find redheads from all over the world that he could photograph. About a year ago, he moved to Berlin in Germany, for a taste of a slower pace of life in comparison to LA and New York, where Dowling says you can “work yourself to death”. Beginning to build a following on his Instagram account, he set out to travel to 20 countries capturing the essence of redheads from all over the world. Now at the end of the initial stage of his project and having photographed 130 redheads in 20 different countries, Dowling has established a Kickstarter to publish his first book of portraits entitled “Redhead Beauty.”
“I started this project just for fun, but I kept getting many emails from people telling me how they liked how my photos aren’t overly sexualized and how it made them feel proud of being a redhead,” said Dowling.
“So, I eventually decided to call the book ‘Redhead Beauty’ because I wanted people to see my images and break down a couple stereotypes.”
Including redheads from countries such as Sweden, the Ukraine, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil and, of course, Ireland, many of the women photographed had no previous experience with shoots such as this but the chance for fun, adventure and to have some free photos taken by a professional made them eager to take part in a fascinating project that delves into what makes red hair so special. Meeting up with new Instagram friends for 40-minute shoots, Dowling would spend the first ten to fifteen minutes talking with his new models to settle any nerves they may have about the shoot and it was often during these chats that the anti-redhead sentiments some of them had previously experienced came out.