27/6/1996. A few friends convene at my flat in Bethnal Green to watch England get knocked out by Germany in the Semi-finals of Euro 96. (6-5 on penalties). The joyous atmosphere evaporated as Gareth Southgate missed his penalty and talk turned to the coming week. The frivolous nature of my life was mocked when I […]
Back when I was starting, when photography felt inspiring and true, I first encountered Martin Parr. We went along to Plymouth Arts Centre to see his seminal ‘The Last Resort’, and I was blown away. I bought a poster and it was a constant on the wall of my student bedsit. Lovely then, if a […]
Father’s day June 15, 2008. I drive to a housing estate on the out-skirts of Plymouth to photograph a 13 year old diver. His Father organises everything with meticulous care; my diary reveals a Sunday and we can only shoot between 1.45 to 2.15pm. I remember a bright clear sunny day, a trampoline dwarfing the […]
1st of April 2015 I had a full day with the maestro at MC Motors, a warehouse-type location in Dalston. Professionalism personified. He had the comfortable air of a man who is master of his domain.
Coming over here, saving our lives. As the son of an immigrant, I enjoyed making this portfolio of 8 portraits that reflect the diverse range of people who work for the NHS. In public discourse there needs to be more emphasise on the positive effects of immigration. The simplistic notion peddled by some, that all […]
I really like Steve Coogan. I’ve enjoyed everything he’s done. Partridge obviously, but also Saxondale and I loved the heart-breaking poignancy of the Trip. I normally like to improvise but he wanted to know the concept, so the pictures were planned a week before and we attempted to reference Irving Penn’s corner portraits of cultural […]
David Bailey for the Sunday Times magazine 15th August 2011 He’d given an interview to Lynn Barber and it was agreed his Devon farmhouse near Dartmoor would make a good location. Initially I didn’t take any photographs because he was brusque and defensive. Over a coffee with his wife in the kitchen, we chatted about […]
John Humphrys is angry. As my assistant and I bump our heavy lights down the path of his West London home he berates us for being early. Red faced, he aserts that “I absolutely said not to turn up before two o’clock” and that he had “told the desk if they come early I’d tell […]
Kylie Minogue 3rd of January 1998 In the shadowy lounge of a London club, curled-up dozing like a kitten on a big leather chair, Kylie waits patiently to be photographed for the Observer whilst her management explain why I must sign a contract selling them the copyright of the shoot for £1. Assuring me they […]
Dermot Morgan 18th February 1998 Soho. It’s difficult to believe it’s been 17 years since Dermot Morgan the eponymous hero of Father Ted died. I happened to photograph Dermot a few days days before his untimely death of a heart attack at 45. I loved the program but my enthusiasm for meeting ‘Father Ted’ was […]
Dame Helen Mirren, 26th October 1999 or just Helen Mirren as she was back then. Shot for the Sunday Times. She was in a play at the Cambridge Arts Theater. Always engaging and playful to photograph, we started in the Theater then strolled over to the grass in front of King’s College. I shot this […]
Every frame from my 2015 shoot with Boris Becker. Photographed in London. Along with tennis balls for him to juggle, we sourced a pair of vintage Oliver Goldsmith Tennis Racquet Sunglasses.
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 […]
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.
The interview that accompanied the shoot can be found here
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 […]
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.
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 […]