Tony Briggs, Sunderland born and bred, educated at Monkwearmouth Comprehensive, obtained 12 A levels, 11 of them in Photography. Learned to read French and many other words. Hobbies: Sunderland AFC or Football.
Moved to London after leaving Newcastle College of Arts & Technology in 1985. His first break was just above the ankle, his second break was working full-time for the BBC in 1988.
Fired from the Beeb in 1989, he began his distinguished career as a freelance photographer. He spent most of his early career working for London record companies; Acid Jazz, Go Discs, MCA (Portishead, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene) and the London Style Magazines; ID (working under Nick Knight), The Face, Dazed & Confused and went on to shoot the first major fashion stories for Loaded, helping kick off the Loaded phenomenon.
Tone has had the Midas touch all along, doing the first portrait sessions for Sacha Baron-Cohen, Kate Moss and Jimmy Carr. They no longer return his calls. Still, many do. He has consistently shot some of the UK’s finest comedians, sporting heroes, musicians and actors and of course, his personal heroes, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and kestrels.
Various TV appearances include a commercial endorsement for Carl Zeiss, as a mentor in BBC2's acclaimed documentary series Apply Immediately with Martin Parr and most recently in the I AM PC Campaign for Microsoft. Numerous awards and commendations include the Northern Rock Building Society School Photography Competition 1979 - winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd (His Mam made him give back 2nd and 3rd) and more recently, London Photographer of the Year.
He continues to work his ‘quirky and irreverent’ style with the world’s top agencies and performers.