Prints From Negatives

When I started getting commissions in 1990, photographers weren’t the isolated, digital hermits we are today.

I had a whole legion of collaborators.  There were numerous assistants who later became friends, the staff at Metro who processed my film, Tara Bonakdar at my agency IPG who helped edit my shoots and printers like Chris Cook, David Robinson and the late, great Jeremy Ramsden.

It was only when I had to scan and visually interpret my negatives and later raw files in Photoshop that I began to miss this close social interaction.

As a way of celebrating this time and community, I’ve decided to give some of the many prints we produced away.

The first print is 16×12 inches and is of Sir Terry Pratchett who I photographed in 2001.

Simply Tweet or Facebook message me: #printsfromnegatives

We will pick a new print and winner once a month.  Good luck.

Terry Pratchett


Robin Williams for the Observer

1999.  Whist visiting magazines in NY I got a call from the Observer:
“Do you want to photograph Robin Williams tomorrow?  We have half an hour at the Dorchester..?”
I cut my trip short and touched down in London on the morning of the shoot.
Arriving at the hotel with the writer William Leith, we were informed by his people:
“No.  You have half an hour for the interview & 5 minutes for pictures… if we have time
Here are a selection of portraits from that frenzied session.
The last image taken on my Leica, was with his minder/publicist who threatened to throw me out of the window if I didn’t finish the shoot…
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Bill Nighy for Spectator Life

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Jean Paul Gaultier for The Sunday Times

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Sam Laidlaw for Management Today

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Max Clifford

I’m always interested in how my images will be perceived in the long term.
It’s been almost 2 decades since this shoot of Max Clifford.
Shot on colour transparency,
it was one of my first jobs for the Observer magazine, a piece on PRs.
As well as a conventional portrait,
I wanted a paparazzi inspired image to reflect his interaction with the media.
After his conviction, the Guardian licensed the image to make a dramatic cover.

Max Clifford

Max Clifford

I subsequently photographed him a few more times.
12 years ago for The Radio Times, with his daughter Louise in the garden of their Surrey home.

Max Clifford

Max Clifford

and 9 years ago for Men’s Health in his office where some of the offenses took place.

Max Clifford

A portrait should retain some fundamental truth, even after our perception of the subject changes.

Jo Malone for RA Magazine

Oscar Pistorius in M Le magazine du Monde

Oscar Pistorius

Jojo Moyes for Stern

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Mo Farah in the Observer

Mo Farah