Michael Brennan is an award-winning photographer. He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire and began his career as a runner and then a news photographer for The Croydon Times. Between 1964 and 1970 he worked in the North of England as a photographer for the regional offices of The Sunday People and The Daily Herald.
Hi career took off when he took a series of photographs of Donald Campbell. A British speed record breaker who died while attempting the world water speed record in 1967. The photos appeared in Life Magazine and won Brennan the British News Picture of the Year award. He has spent his career covering a wide range of historical events, celebrity portraits, candid’s and world famous athletes. Brennan worked as a photographer for The Sun before moving to the Daily Mail. There he covered important news events like The Troubles in Northern Ireland and spent time with the then unknown Mother Teresa.
After moving to the United States in 1973 Brennan began taking photos of American celebrities for publications such as Sports Illustrated magazine. This led to a series of photos of the boxer Muhammad Ali. One of Brennan’s most iconic portraits of the boxer is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. His work has featured in newspapers and magazines world-wide, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Sunday Times. His archive includes images of Led Zeppelin, Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, Princess Diana, and John Lennon. Also sport legends such as George Best, Pele, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson.
After a fifty-year career in photography, Brennan is now retired and living in Costa Rica.
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