Growing up in London during the 1940s and 50s, I witnessed the last decade of magazines like Picture Post. Photography then seemed to be the medium of the moment, second only to cinema, able to reveal, isolate and communicate what mattered about the human condition in new and direct but still individual ways. It was a period when humane attitudes were still more central to public life. Working for magazines and publishers during the 1960s and 70s, I amassed many tens of thousands of images, mostly taken around England, while teaching later allowed me both the time and independence to work on personal projects as well as on editing this work into groups of images arranged to emphasise their relative significance. I put together a collection of photographs of the Aldermaston Marches, taken between 1959 and 64, that had been printed onto document paper with a limited tonal range but which was much thinner than conventional photographic paper, making it suitable for mounting and binding into a book. Unfortunately the negatives of this work have been lost and so only an edited facsimile of the original book can be included here.

 

 

Later, in 1971, over 200 photographs taken during the 1960s were published by Allen Lane The Penguin Press in a book entitled “How We Are”. I was then commissioned to work with writer Dennis Marsden on a book about unemployment entitled “Workless” and published by Penguin in 1975.

How We Are - revisited

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Moving to Lincolnshire in 1979, I spent the next few years photographing the village into which I had settled. Later, during 2010 & 11, I photographed a farm near Boston. Woodlands was a 1700 acre mixed organic and biodynamic farm that also offered educational events, open days and residencies for artists.

in Lincolnshire

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My thanks to Pam Day who, unbeknown to me, had been making drawings and paintings after 'How We Are' material ever since the 1970s and whose encouragement led to the re-editing and transformation of my major photographic projects into film format for this website. The drawings included here were made with the corner of a tea towel dipped into indian ink.

Drawings courtesy of Pam Day.

September 2019

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