Colin Usher (pictured above) is a photographer, designer and digital media specialist based in Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle Aquitaine, South West France, situated between Bordeaux & Toulouse… in the North Gascogne region.
With Julia Douglas, he is co-creator of Studio Faire, writer, artist residency and creative studios in Nérac.
He specialises in portraiture, editorial, & property for estate agents.
He has worked with many publications including The Face magazine and The Scotsman as well as theatre companies such as The Traverse Theatre, The Royal Lyceum, Terry Beck Troupe, Philadelphia and Dundee Rep Dance Co.
Much of his work has been used for album covers, promo & press materials as well as featuring in various publications over the years.
Colin has been a drummer since the age of 10 and professional for many years working in broadcasting environments, live and in the studio.
This year, 2023, he has decided to go freelance as a drummer for hire for both studio and live work.
Having lived in South West France for over 7 years now, Colin has carved a niche locally as an estate agent photographer. He can regularly be seen heading off to a chateau or a stunning character property in the Gers, Lot et Garonne and Tarn departments. Buying a home in France? Colin gives FREE advice on the ins and outs of the process. Find out more…
The blog is a photographic diary as well as a place to introduce retrospective highlights from Colin’s 30+ years in the media.
Colin is available in South West France. Bordeaux, Toulouse, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Gers.
Based in Nérac, Paris, Amsterdam and London are within easy reach.
Colin also freelances as a drummer with over 30 years experience playing live, recording in studios and session work.
or call +33 (0)6 34 56 10 70 (France)
Recently shot & edited by Colin in Nérac
Deepa Paulus from New York plays ‘Kayda’ on tabla.
Shot on location in Nérac whist on a 10 day artist residency at Studio Faire.
Colin is co-founder of Studio Faire creative residency in Nérac, South West France. Situated in Gascogny.Studio Faire is a contemporary arts space offering residencies for artists, writers, musicians... all creative practitioners. Set up in 2017, the residency has...
The Name-Drop Diaries #03 This is a big one in the Name-Drop Diaries series. It focusses on T in the Park, the music festival from Scotland that ran from 1994 to 2016. Originally, I attended the festival in my capacity as a photographer until 2001 when I began working...
The Name-Drop Diaries #02 In December 1990, The List magazine called me and asked me to go to The City Arts Centre in Edinburgh to photograph the launch of a new exhibition, Diary of a Decade, by Joni Mitchell. 'Get a decent shot of Ms Mitchell that we can use for the...