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During the 1960s I spent several years at art college in Grimsby and Manchester, emerging with a couple of design degrees. My first job was in Fleet Street in London, progressing from junior designer to chief illustrated book designer at Macmillan Publishing, then moving to Octopus Books in Mayfair as commissioning art editor.

Returning to my native Yorkshire at the end of the ‘70s, I worked as a newspaper artist, an advertising agency visualiser, and manager of a commercial photographic and video company. After a period of freelance work, I formed a design and advertising company, Ledgard Jepson Limited. Expansion during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s resulted in an office in New York.

After leaving the company, I returned to operating as a freelance publications designer and photographer. My work has appeared in publications and on websites for Sky Arts, BBC Radio 2, The National Fairground Archive, Enjoy Travel, The English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Geographical Association, as well as national journals and newspapers.


I have provided editorial photographs of people, places and events around the world. I am also an obsessive street photographer. After a lengthy hiatus, I have recently returned to illustration work, some of which can be seen in a recent publication of poetry, Viral Verses.

A small selection of Bryan's design and illustration work undertaken for books, journals, magazines and audiovisual packaging.

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