Spencer Murphy was born and raised in the Kentish countryside.
Inspired by the isolation of his surroundings and an early discovery of his mother's back issues of Life and National Geographic an early enthusiasm for photography was sparked at the age of 11.
Spencer now lives and works in London, dividing his time between creating his own artwork and taking on photographic commissions. He has contributed to many magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, Time and Wallpaper. His portraits have also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused. He has exhibited throughout Europe and North America and was named as one of the Hyeres Festival's emerging photographers of 2008. In 2013 he was announced as the overall winner of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. His work is now held in the NPG's Permanent Collection.