My inspirations Archive

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Elliott Erwitt : Observer

‘To me, photography is an art of observation.’ Elliott Erwitt For a long time Elliott Erwitt has been one of my heroes. And while he’s best known for his humorous dog pictures, the range of his photography is much broader than that. Mr Erwitt likes his pictures (or snaps as he sometimes

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The Art of the Calotype

‘Making a Calotype is as much a craft as it is a science’ according to my friend Rob Douglas. Having met Rob some years ago, I’ve enjoyed following his photographic journey. Starting with a digital camera, Rob happily admits that the journey has been unconventional. Nowadays he prefers to capture his images

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Saul Leiter : Early Color

“I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera.” Saul Leiter (1923-2013) A friend introduced me to Saul Leiter’s work. She took me to an exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, in 2016. I was instantly hooked and I still am. Born in Pittsburgh, USA, Leiter was brought up in a

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Roger Mayne : street photographer

I want to share my enthusiasm for Roger Mayne’s street photography. Born in 1929 and educated at Oxford, he seemed destined for a conventional career. But he didn’t enjoy chemistry – and by the time he graduated, his photography had already been featured in Picture Post magazine. Mayne’s most famous body of

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Terence Donovan : an appreciation

Best known for his fashion photography, there was much more to Terence Donovan than that. In the 1960s Donovan, along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy, brought a new, gritty style to fashion shoots. Instead of posing models in genteel surroundings, Donovan often used the street as his studio, with factories and

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‘Pictures on a Page’ by Harold Evans

First published in 1978 (and revised in 1997) for me ‘Pictures on a Page’ is still a great read in 2017. Harold Evans was editor of The Sunday Times in the UK between 1967 and 1981, before moving to the USA in 1984. What makes the book special? -the clear, concise writing,

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Patrick Bentley : Zambian nature photographer

If you want to be inspired, take a look at the work of Patrick Bentley, a Zambian nature photographer whose love of the African bush shines through in his pictures. Born and brought up in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Zambia, Patrick has always been most comfortable in

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Village School by Bryn Campbell

If your house was on fire what would you try and save, apart from family and pets? I’d want to rescue my secondhand copy of Village School, which completely changed the way I thought about photography projects. It made me realise that I could embark on my own projects, if I put

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La Dolce Vita, Brixton

Inspired by Thurston Hopkins, I took this photo of Rosa early one Saturday morning. I’d met Rosa as she greeted customers at Bookmongers, the secondhand bookshop in Brixton, south London. And when I heard that she was going to Nova Scotia for a year, I arranged to take her portrait in the

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James Ravilious (1939-1999) : an appreciation

If you enjoy good photography, take a look at the pictures of James Ravilious. And if you know his work but haven’t seen it recently, have another look. After moving to the south west of England in 1972, Ravilious began photographing rural life in north Devon. And what started out as a