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Allan Ballard
Background information
Born UK
Occupation Photographer
Years active 1970s-2011
Associated acts Skid Alley
Adam and The Ants
Stray Cats
Duran Duran

Allan Ballard is a British photographer, whose work has included photographing Duran Duran.


Allan began his photographic career at the Evening Standard where he assisted the picture editor, followed by assisting eminent fashion photographer John Cowan. Together they travelled extensively on fashion assignments throughout the world. Allan spent six months in New York working for American Vogue. During this time he documented the racial tension between the police and the black residents of Harlem for the Sunday Times. His photograph of a NYPD officer ‘pulling tongues’ in a momentary lapse was later adopted by the band Skid Alley for their album cover.

On his return to the UK, Allan set up his studio in Primrose Hill (London) and began contributing regularly to the Sunday Times and later to the Supplement. On one of his diverse assignments Allan obtained almost exclusive access to Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at the time of their marriage. During his career he has photographed musical artists including Debbie Harry, The Clash, Don Williams, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Kiss. In 1980 Allan's picture of Duran Duran was issued as the band's first official UK publicity photograph, which was later used on the Duran Duran 1981-2006: Glam Pop Party front cover, published in 2006.

A selection of Allan Ballard's work[]