Gary Tyson

April 3, 2020

Gary Tyson, a renowned photographer veteran with years of experience under his belt and a skill-set that is unparalleled, is Matt’s mentor when it comes to photography. Part of Gary’s extensive range of abilities is to effectively teach and communicate the important elements of photography. His favoured style of personal photography is often seen through Matt’s reportage-style portraiture. Gary’s talent of ‘teaching’ is utilised effectively with his many booked-out workshops he runs around the world.



Before arriving in Asia, Gary was a photographer & Videographer in the British Army. His career as a military photographer working in Combat Camera Teams helped develop his unique and intimate style.

Gary had exclusive access to Princes William & Harry during their military service. In addition, he was an official photographer for the Royal family, including the Queen. Work took him to a variety of exciting locations from Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Middle East and Africa.

Gary has continued his traveling since leaving the Army and is currently based in Manila, Philippines, after having been based in Hong Kong for 10 years after leaving the military.



In November 2015 – Gary was privileged and fortunate to be awarded a job that allowed him to shoot ‘Behind the Scenes’ with Heads of States of the APEC Nations. This allowed unprecedented access and interaction with the leaders of the APEC Nations including President Obama of the USA and President Xi Jinping of China.

In 2017, Gary became an official Fuji X-Photographer and brand ambassador for Fujifilm, more of his Fuji specific work can be seen at the X-Photographers gallery here, and in 2019, he became a brand ambassador for fstopgear bags and equipment.

Gary’s photography company, F8 Photography, work with clients that range from Ducati, Pirelli, Audi, UBS, ABN Amro, Coca Cola, Swire Properties Hong Kong, Asiajet, Bookazine, amongst many others.

Gary continues to work with Matt on a regular basis, with general mentorship roles, inspirations, continued learning and general artistic creation.

See more of Gary here through his websites and social media pages below. (public page) (sport, travel, work) (gear, bags, etc) (Fuji cameras)

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