Paul Rider was propelled into photography by his love of cinema and music. He started his career photographing bands playing at the Marquee and the other sticky floored clubs of the early 80’s. He began to work for the music press and progressed from live shows to cover features and portraits, working in and out of the studio with subjects ranging from the utterly obscure, ‘And Also The Trees’, to the ultra famous, The Rolling Stones. His work has appeared in an array of music titles including Q, Mojo and Rolling Stone, and on the covers of many records for artists such as Queen, The Pet Shop Boys and Kaiser Chiefs.
He continues to work in music but over the last twenty years the range of his portraiture has expanded to include actors, artists, sportsmen and politicians for a variety of publications both abroad and in the UK, where most of the leading magazines and newspapers, from F1 Racing and Four-Four-Two to The Times and The Observer have featured his work. He has been widely commissioned too by book publishers, television and theatre companies and has provided images for the West End, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Broadway.