Fara Williams for the Observer Sport Monthly

Fara Williams

My shoot with a 17 year old Fara Williams 2001.

From the series ‘Contenders’ originally shot for the Observer Sport Monthly.

After a tough period when she was made homeless, Fara went on to become the most capped international in the English woman’s game.

After a kick-about (and some photos) on Tooting Beck Common, we did this portrait in her bedroom.  Every time she was selected for England, she kept the shirt.

Zadie Smith for Io Donna

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Thomas Heatherwick for Management Today

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Harry in the Royal Photographic Society Journal

This month I was interviewed by Clare Harris for the RPS Journal.

You can read the piece here along with a selection of other articles that have been published in the past.

R P S Journal Cover

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Sir Bob Geldof for the Guardian Weekend

The interview that accompanied the shoot can be found here

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Shaun Murphy for the Observer Sport Monthly

In 2001, I went to an ordinary house in the outer London suburbs with a very large extension.

In this disproportionately large room was a snooker table and the well mannered, dignified teenager slotting balls elegantly into the pockets was Shaun Murphy.

Congratulations tonight Shaun on trouncing world number one Neil Robertson 10-2 in the final of the Masters to become only the 10th player to complete snooker’s ‘Triple Crown’.

Shaun was one of a series of ‘Contenders’ I shot for the magazine.

Young prospects tipped by experts as having potential to do very well in their respective sports.

I intend to revisit this project to reflect on how everyone did.  Here’s a picture from the shoot.

Shaun Murphy





An interview and exhibition for the Printspace

My portrait of Björk and many others at this exhibition organised by Printspace.

Printspace Exhibition

They made an interview. Apologies if I appear weary. It was at the end of a long day!

Assemble and Study O Portable for Icon

It was inspiring to meet and photograph the Emerging Architecture Practice of the Year (Assemble) and the Emerging Design Studio of the Year (Study O Portable) for Icon Magazine.

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Prints From Negatives #2

When I started getting commissions in 1990, photographers worked with film.

Working in this way involved collaboration.  As a way of celebrating the people I used to work with, I’m giving away some of the many prints we produced.

The winner of the first print is Emma Blau.  Congratulations Emma!

The next print is from a shoot with Marianne Faithfull from 1996.  It was shot for the Independent on Sunday Review and commissioned by the wonderful picture editors Victoria Lukens and Susan Glen, who gave me some of my first commissions.  Thank you!

The writer and I traveled to Ireland to photograph her at Shell Cottage, the three-bedroom house she was renting on the grand Carton estate outside Dublin.  She was a kind host, tea and sandwiches waiting for us on arrival.  After a long chatty lunch and an ever lengthening interview, I began to get slightly twitchy as we were flying back to London that evening, and I had still yet to take a picture.

After 5 minutes of standing awkwardly in the room where the interview was taking place, I took the bull by the horns and asked if we could perhaps do the pictures.  I maneuvered her outside and positioned her against a wall.  As I loaded my Hasselblad, she asked what I hoped to achieve and I thoughtlessly replied that I, “hoped to get a definitive portrait of her”.  On reflection this was a stupid thing to say.  The definitive portraits had already been taken and by photographers like Donovan and Bailey.  She knew this and so did I.  My comment spooked an already apprehensive and jumpy subject.  She gave me a roll and a half (18 frames) and then the tension was too much.  “Can we stop now” she said and I didn’t have the heart to say no.

Here is the original article by Marianne Macdonald  http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/arts-as-years-go-by-1361240.html

The print I’m giving away is 16×12, fibre-based and lith-printed by me.

Marianne Faithfull

I will pick the winner from new likes on my Facebook page or new followers on Twitter

If you already like and follow, message me: #printsfromnegatives

We will pick a new print and winner regularly.  Good luck.



Thurston Hopkins and Grace Robertson

Sorry to read of the death of esteemed photojournalist Thurston Hopkins.

Here’s an image from my 2004 shoot with his wife (also a wonderful photographer) Grace Robertson on the south coast.

Thurston Hopkins and Grace Robertson