Simon (right) with Lord Snowden
Simon (right) with Lord Snowden on the set of "A Passage To India".
“…Ha Ha, this is a funny one. I got on very well with David Lean and he said one day to Tony, “Send the boy ( me ) off with the elephant unit.” One year later, to Tony’s amusement we realised the 64 sheet poster of APTI was one of my photo’s from the elephant day ! …”

Simon Mein

Simon began his career in film as an assistant to Lord Snowdon working on numerous films including A Passage to India, where he shot the iconic elephants poster, to Greystoke and Little Dorrit.


Over the past thirty years he has worked on over eighty feature films. These range from, Sid and Nancy, Naked, The Da Vinci Code, The Holiday, Mr. Turner, and the soon to be released Legend starring Tom Hardy. He has worked extensively on French language films. Amongst these are Crimson River 2 with Jean Reno, Palais Royal starring Catherine Deneuve, and many more. Simon has enjoyed a long and successful association with director Mike Leigh, working on eleven of his films including the much lauded Mr. Turner.


Many books of his film photography have been published and his work appears in The Sunday Times,Telegraph, Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair & Variety to name just a few of the publications which his work has appeared throughout the world. Simon has also won the prestigious Nikon Photographer of the Year Award.

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