Photography is not a Discipline, It’s an Expertise.

Josh Rose
5 min readAug 8, 2023

June 20th, 2019, I found myself in a town car being whisked off to Henry Pool & Co on London’s Saville Row to get fitted for a suit. “What’s the event?” I was asked. “A dinner party with Prince Charles,” I responded, not entirely sure if that was the right description. In fact, I was attending a charity event at Buckingham Palace, not because the future king and I had anything at all to discuss, but because I’m a photographer. My client, a well-known Japanese rockstar, had been invited to the event and he wanted to make sure that his interaction with the Prince was captured. I was working on a film with him at the time and, of all the notable people he might have forked over $10k to have with him, knowing my way around a camera somehow put me at the top of the list. A testament to how the world of content has changed.

Two fast-talking employees at Henry Pool & Co sized me up and quickly discussed measurements among themselves. “Have a seat,” said one of them, “I’ll be right back with your suit.” Within an hour I was back at my hotel room at Hyde Park. I snapped a pic real quick to send home and show my family I’m wearing a tux.

“See?” London, 2019. Photo by Josh S. Rose.

As it turns out, cameras aren’t allowed in Buckingham Palace and you have to check your phone, too. True panic started to set in. I immediately told my client that I wasn’t going to be able to get a camera in. I suggested he take someone else. This, of course wasn’t an option — I’d been vetted by the Royal Family for months, those kinds of tickets don’t transfer.

“You’ll figure it out,” my client reassured me.

Maybe it was the lack of holding a camera in my hands that made it all so indelible, but I can remember almost every second of that painful few hours inside Buckingham palace. From the long walk up the regal staircase, through some rooms of art and fancy, to a meeting hall with wooden floors, well-worn from centuries of events just like this one. The food was delicious. A handler came and arranged people into little semi-circles and the Prince made his way to each and every one of them. I remember the way the older men laughed, the way Prince Charles laughed with them and made everyone at ease with his quick jokes and big friendly handshake. I had no camera. And still, I got the shot.

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Josh Rose

Filmmaker, photographer, artist and writer. Writing about creator life and observations on culture. Tips very very much appreciated: https://ko-fi.com/joshsrose