On being asked to record the wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 May, Alexi said: “I could not be more thrilled or honoured to photograph this historic occasion. Having taken Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story.”
Alexi was awarded a photography degree from the university in 1999. He said: “The course at Brighton was fantastic at offering me an opportunity to explore idea-based photography and really delve into the conceptual side of subject analysis.”
Sam Davies, the university's Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, said: “We are delighted that one of our graduates has been chosen for this honour – we take great pride in the successes of our alumni in their careers after graduation. Our photography students especially will be looking forward to seeing how Alexi captures the royal couple’s big day.”
Alexi has become an established fashion photographer and has shot cover stars including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK, said: “He celebrates women in all their diversity, and never objectifies them – you can always sense his respect for women in his portraits. Many of my favourite Bazaar covers have been shot by Alexi – including his portrait of Lupita Nyong’o, which he subsequently published on the cover of his book, Diverse Beauty.”
The Royal household will also be aware of Alexi’s charitable pursuits as an ambassador for poverty-fighting organisation Concern Worldwide.