The short story. Nick is a highly creative award-winning photographer with a vast amount of experience in many fields, including advertising, architecture, corporate, people, studio, still life, cars, aerial, travel, and fine art. He runs his business from his own drive-in studio he’s had built in Wellington, New Zealand, “the coolest little capital in the world”.
Name-dropping. Assignments have taken Nick all over the world. He contributes work to photo libraries around the world. He still pursues the elusive “art” of photography, and always carries a camera even when he’s not on assignment.
Nick has been awarded Fellowships of both the British and New Zealand Institutes of Professional Photography. He has won many awards for his work, including First Prize in the British Institute of Professional Photography Fine Art Awards in London.
He has been published in a number of books, including A Day In The Life of NZ, The Colour of NZ, and Athfield Architects. He has written travel articles for international magazines, including stories on Cuba, Cathedrals of Spain, and the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. A Royal Mail postage stamp Christmas Issue in Britain featured his photographs of cathedral roof bosses of the Nativity, and his work was used for a NZ issue of Children’s Health postage stamps.
Nick has produced photographs for loads of designers, advertising agencies, corporations and government departments over the years, including:
- Portraits in New York, Chicago, Zurich, Singapore, etc for Lion Corporation
- Scenes in Hong Kong and Shanghai for Brierly
- Many Australian cities and military bases for Serco
- Offshore drilling platform for Shell
- Ads for Clemenger, Ogilvy, Y & R, and both Saatchi & Saatchi
- Posters for Royal NZ Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance and Maui
- Hundreds of Annual Reports for the Banks, Telecom, NZ Post, Air NZ, etc
- Fabulous houses for Athfield Architects
- Sites and factories in Japan and USA for Fletchers
- Paintings and people for Todd Corporation
- Cars for Mitsubishi, Toyota, Suzuki, Honda, Holden, Ford
- Ships and planes for CentrePort and Wellington International Airport
- Streets scenes for Positively Wellington Tourism
- Politicians for Time Magazine.
The rest is his story. Nick Servian was born in Salisbury and matured in London. His photography career started when he was expelled from school. (He took a day off school to photograph Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who was on an official visit to London. Accused of “rank individualism”, Nick was asked to leave at the end of term.)
A job in a commercial studio specialising in 3D photography in Mayfair, London, followed. He studied photography at the Polytechnic of Central London for a while, but got bored with having to learn the chemical composition of developers. At the age of 19 he took himself to Corsica with an ancient Leica and 10 rolls of Kodachrome. The resulting pictures landed him a career as an architectural and travel photographer with Woodmansterne, producers of high quality commercial colour slides.
So for 12 years he roamed all over Britain and Europe photographing landscapes, towns and cities. He captured cathedrals, stately homes, museums and art galleries in great detail with large cameras and masses of lighting. He spent a month in Israel photographing biblical sites.
Doing the time warp again. Emigrating from London to Oamaru, New Zealand, in 1975 with his wife and children was… interesting. They soon moved on to Wellington. There Nick co-founded Spectrum, a commercial and advertising photography partnership that grew to become the largest in the country.
He now prefers operating solo, and in 2003 built a brand new drive-in studio close to the city centre with stunning views over the hills and harbour. As with most photographers, the transition to digital in the early Noughties involved relearning almost everything he thought he knew.