Originally from Canada, Chris Levine is an esteemed artist who is well known for his multimedia works which include light instillations, film, music and fashion. One of Levine’s most famous works captures The Queen in a meditative state, although still emanating light. Levine was commissioned by Jersey Heritage Trust to photograph The Queen in 2004 to mark 800 years of allegiance to The Crown by The Island of Jersey. During the shoot, The Queen would pose with her eyes open for several shots, then spend 15 seconds with her eyes closed – resting. The Lightness of Being was captured during these 15 second relaxed moments. The unusually informal image has gone on to become one of the most iconic images of a member of the monarchy.
Amongst Queen Elizabeth II, Levine has captured Kate Moss and the Dalai Lama, as well as working alongside musicians like Grace Jones and Massive Attack.