Phil Crow ABIPP is a photographer based in Lincoln, UK

About Phil Crow

“I have the vanity of an artist: I want my work to be seen. But I don’t necessarily have to be seen.”

David Hockney, artist

I am a qualified photographer with over 35 years experience and an Associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (ABIPP) and the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). For the last 20 years I have worked as an industrial and editorial photographer for clients such as ALSTOM and Siemens, shooting stills and video at manufacturing facilities as well as customer sites throughout the world. I have also worked for local and national film and theatre companies and spent three years working with the world-famous ‘Red Arrows’ aircraft display team.

I have published a number of books: Firstly, Portraits in Power, which was commissioned by ALSTOM to celebrate the millennium, while Who’s There For Me was produced with help from BITC and won the 2003 Sieff Award. Both projects were part of my one man exhibition “Double Exposure” at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. 2010 saw my fifth publication launched- Lincoln Cathedral: A Journey from Past to Present.

“‘Who’s There For Me?’ has its fair share of hard luck stories and tragedy but Crow’s sympathetic and detailed study shows how a little compassion can make a big difference to the life of another human being.”

review, BJP (British Journal of Photography)

2013 saw me exhibit new work at The Angel Coffee House, sponsored by The University of Lincoln and local businesses. On Your Bike Lincoln was well received and was shown at David Lloyd Burton Waters and at The Collection. I have exhibited every year since as the official photographer to Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling weekend. I am also the founder and organiser of Lincoln Bike Night.

I completed a 2 year project in 2023 in my hometown of Stoke on Trent where I exhibited at Keele University, Gladstone Pottery Museum and Middleport Pottery: Three very different venues. The exhibition, FORTYSEVEN: The Last Bottle Ovens and Kilns of The Potteries was also accompanied by and extensive catalogue which is available in my shop. One of the images from this exhibition was also selected for the 2023 RA Summer Exhibition.

“‘It saddens me to reflect on how our industrial heritage has been neglected and recording what is left is clearly important – and you have done this here with the eye of an artist, a different take of the usual architectural / historical record.

I can also provide design, web and video (in fact, in the early 1990’s I worked on a whole range of broadcast programmes from Spitting Image to Play Days!)

Phil is an Associate member of the
British Institute of Professional Photography
and is DBS checked.

I am a qualified drone pilot having taken written and practical exams to qualify for my Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and additional exams for my conversion to GVC from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). I have also passed the TQUK level 4 Award for Commercial Drone Pilots (RQF). Insured to fly UAS safely and for commercial operations, my CAA PfCO ref is 5581. You can check if an Operator holds a current CAA Operational Authorisation by emailing the CAA at


My work can be see throughout Lincoln. Over the years I have specialised in large scale installations such as The University of Lincoln’s LPAC theatre, with the largest being a 17m x 12m trompe l'oeil in the Waterside Shopping Centre during a major refurbishment
“As a big fan of photography, I love your work.” Jenny Agutter, actress

Charity work

In 2010 I had a routine operation. This went wrong and I was in hospital for 3 months: almost dying of sepsis, I spent 6 weeks in an Intensive Care Unit.
Since then, I have cycled, run and raised money for a variety of charities and I am an ambassador to Sepsis and PTSD Awareness. In 2012 I was one of the 8000 Olympic Torchbearers, nominated for overcoming critical illness, raising money and being an inspiration within the community. I still occasionally speak publicly on the effects of sepsis and living with PTSD.

  • Testimonials: for more details, go to my LinkedIn profile

    “Phil is a highly motivated professional photographer. No task is too difficult or complicated, he is very creative in all elements of his work. His work is returned on time and is always of a high standard. He is top of my list for professional photographers”

    “I have worked with Phil for many years on a variety of photo shoots. These have included coverage of important events for our organisation, involving high profile individuals, as well as imagery for marketing materials. Our organisation, OSJCT, provides care for older people so a sensitive approach is required to get the best pictures. Phil is brilliant at putting people at their ease to the point where you scarcely know he’s there. His professionalism is absolute, he provides an excellent service at reasonable cost and is always on time, with ideas of how to get a different angle or a unique twist. I would recommend him without hesitation.”

    “Phil has photographed a multitude of projects that I have been involved in, he is not only thorough and professional, but he delivers a great result every time and is a real pleasure to work with.”

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