Rob Lawson



On my art foundation course I met an amazing photography tutor. He taught me for 2 years and then I went and studied photography at Blackpool College. At 21 embarked on my photography life in London.

I started full time as a studio assistant at Holborn Studios. When I got sacked (unfairly in my view!) I went freelance and assisted everyone from dodgy porn photographers to Terry O’Neil, Terrance Donovan and George Logan.

A massive motorbike accident brought an abrupt end to my assisting career but forced me to eventually go on my own. In 1997 I met Simon Difford who was launching a drinks magazine called CLASS (Cocktails, Liquors and Speciality Spirits). It was a spirits based magazine and way before it’s time… and it kick-started the cocktail culture we know today. A few issues in and I realised I’d found my niche, as I loved the drinks industry and the people within it. Nearly 2 decades on I have worked with all the major drinks brands in the world and love it even more.