My inspirations Archive


Helen Levitt : Queen of street photography

‘When you see an unbelievable confluence of chance in a photograph, remember that the photographer was there, booted and spurred.’ Walker Evans (1969) When Walker Evans made this comment, he was thinking of Helen Levitt. He had agreed to write a brief introduction to the wonderful photobook Helen Levitt. And he described


Susan Hayek-Kent : going with the flow

“I like ‘organic’, which isn’t always pristine.” I stumbled on Susan’s work through Flickr, the photo sharing website. We both love dogs and black & white photography, which seemed a good beginning. Then as I explored Susan’s images, I was drawn into her creative world. Sharing home with husband Leon, six dogs


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


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


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


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


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


‘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,


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


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