andy o'connell was born in golborne, lancashire in 1965.

he has worked as a greengrocer, roadsweeper, production line worker, factory operative, labourer, underpinner, builder, roofer, plasterer, electrician and photographer.

he was schooled in congleton and macclesfield.

he studied photography in northwich, cheshire, and on the 14th floor of the london college of printing, elephant and castle.

he has exhibited at the photographers gallery, leicester square, watershed, bristol, and viewpooint, manchester. publications include the independent, the times, the guardian and the london evening standard, camerawork, phootographers international, photoworks and many more. he has also produced work for bjork, alabama 3 and U.C.L.

he supports wigan athletic football club.