Taking war photography back to the 1640s?

I really don’t believe one should explain one’s photography – I’m of the “look at the pictures, make up your own mind” school. So there’s no artist’s statement or other hot air here! Instead I will say that back in the 1980s what really made me want a camera was photojournalism, particularly the work of Don McCullin and Brian Harris of the early Independent newspaper, and I also remember seeing Chris Killip and Sebastaio Salgado exhibitions. You might suspect that my long term documentary projects like Speakers Corner and on historical re-enactment result from these influences, but it was having studied history at Cambridge that eventually led me to the latter.

Landscape has always been my other love. Again McCullin was an early favourite after I got his wonderful book of wintry Somerset landscapes in a harsh black and white. Others would be Fay Godwin and William Neill, while more recently some of David Ward‘s ideas have been thought-provoking. Maybe they and others are influences, but just as much inspiration comes from my interest in art history.