Welcome to my website, I'm a documentary photographer based in the UK.
I studied documentary photography at Newport and I have experience in editorial for magazines and travel publications in the UK.
My Favorite Photography Books and Their Story
As a documentary photographer, you love books, I think all photographers like photography books, so I'm sharing with you my top books and their unique story of how they are my favorite.
USA-it's Geography and Growth
There are two things that make this book very import, firstly it contains many photographs from some of the best known photographers in photographic history before they where the best names in history! Second I found it outside in the church yard of the honesty book shop in Hay-on-Wye, where you help yourself to rejected and damaged books for any donation of your choosing!
If you have looked into photography history you may have come across the FSA, The Farm Security Administration "was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty".
The FSA hired many photographers and writers to document the plight of the rural workers and many of those photographers work formed the prose of documentary photography history. The cover shown here is from the FSA as many of the photographs in the pages. I'm particularly pleased to own some work from Ansel Adams on page 103.
I AM KING a photographic biography of Muhammad Ali by David King
I have never seen a live professional boxing match but for some reason while studying my degree in photography at Newport, I became engrossed in boxing photography, it was a love affair that took me to Cuba in the footsteps of Hemingway looking for the secret of the Cuban boxer, but that's another story.
While writing my dissertation I discovered that David Kind was giving a talk at The Photographers' Gallery and I just had to go, I have a recording somewhere, I will dig it out if anybody is interested in listening. It turns out that David designed many posters for organisations such as the NUJ and Apartheid in Practice and gave us all a poster Amandla! Free the Pretoria 12, made for the Anti-Apartheid Movement that went to print but were unused as the Pretoria 12 where freed. This poster takes pride of place on my wall as a 80's design classic.
More books added soon.....