The Kasbah to Central Hall Project

My photography career began by accident, I was still a schoolboy and my Mum applied for a job for me on the Brentwood Gazette newspaper in Essex, England.

I was succesful at the interview because I was the only applicant with a least 5 O’levels, began the job because it was something to do in the Easter holidays and loved it so never returned to school, this was in 1978.

A decade later found me freelancing for the national newspapers based in Fleet Street and the new Wapping, and then the Sun Picture desk asked me to go out with the reporter and ask the mother of a girl who had been murdered whether her daughter ahd been a prostitute! I refused and moved more into commercial photography.

Thirty years later I returned to school, in the form of doing a degree, which bagan in design and finished in photography. The Kasbah to Central hall was my final major project and considered whether newspaper headlines could decide how we viewed areas people lived and worked in.

You can discover more about the project by attending the Artona Kasbah to Central Hall lecture, book the lecture for your club or society, or join in with one of our Social Documentary workshops (see below).


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