In Focus with Ali Painter

Introducing photographer Ali Painter – with an impressive range of live music and portrait shots, Ali’s portfolio is ever expanding. You can check out a selection of images here, follow on the links below, and keep an eye out for some new gig coverage coming soon…

Hey! My name is Ali Painter & I’m a photographer based in London, UK. I first started shooting when I was about 16, pursuing studies at college and then onto university in Falmouth. I moved to London in my early 20s and started working as an in house photographer at Sky where I was granted access to a variety of people and places. I left Sky and went freelance about a year ago shooting mostly TV, music & theatre.

Don Broco

Killer Mike RTJ, Mabel, Hozier

Michael Kiwanuka

I’ve been going to live gigs since I was 10 years old, and music is one of the most important things in my life so being able to photograph artists I love is a real treat for me.


One of the earliest bands I shot was Rudimental at Wildlife Festival in 2016. It was also the biggest crowd I’d experienced as a photographer and I loved being in the mix of it all. Since then I’ve shot The 1975, Little Simz, Years & Years and more.

The 1975

Little Simz

Years & Years

As well as live music, I’ve shot portraits of musicians throughout my career. Meeting Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols and Mike Skinner from The Streets were both highlights for me.

Glen Matlock

Mike Skinner

All photos © Ali Painter
Instagram: @alipainterphoto

23rd May 2023