Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon is a British photographer and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker who sits in the House of Lords as Baron Armstrong-Jones, a life peerage granted him in 1999.
He became well-known in the 1950s for his royal studies, among which were the official portraits of his future sister-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duke of Edinburgh for their 1957 tour of Canada. In the early 1960s, he became the picture editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, and by the 1970s, Snowdon had gained a reputation as one of Britain’s most prominent and respected photographers. Though his subject matter includes everything from fashion models to documentary-style images of inner city life and the mentally ill, he is praised for his portraits of world notables, many of which have been published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the Daily Telegraph magazine. His subjects have included Barbara Cartland, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Blunt, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others.