Getty royal photographer, Chris Jackson has been working with the royal family for 15 years. As the royal photographer for Getty Images, he has traveled the world widely (he's currently on his fifth passport) and has been close to one of the world's most iconic families more times than he can count.
Jackson, who started his career as an Account Executive at the photo agency after graduating from university, has collated his vast bank of royal photos into a new book, Modern Monarchy, set to be released on 9 October. Jackson describes it as "a snapshot of the life of a modern royal across all aspects" rather than an archive.
"From their charity work to the royal tour, those big 'historical' moments, regular events, dressing for duty, the importance of service and, of course, just some of my favorite images, it covers all aspects of royal life," he says. "I’ve always loved telling the stories behind the images and the idea that I could compile all the facets of royal life and include my favorite images was a fascinating prospect."
And the best part of his job? The variety, says Jackson. "You can be in Africa one day photographing the work of Sentebale and the next week documenting a royal wedding," he adds. "All the different characters within the family keep the job fresh and interesting too. It's great that you can retain a 'theme' to your work while shooting such wide-ranging content. For me, that's the dream."
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