Back to Black

A recent commission to photograph a set of images of Kehinde Andrews;  academic and author of Afro-Caribbean heritage. His name Kehinde is a yoruba name of a second born of the twin. He is an associate professor of Sociology at Birmingham City University, the director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. He is "the UK’s first professor of black studies. His most recent book is titled 'Back to Black' and as a portrait photographer is was fascinating to talk to him.

Newsweek

Image of Nawal El Saadawi shot for Newsweek; Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation. She has been described as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab World". As a portrait photographer you are very lucky to meet some great people and Nawal was right up there.

The Prime Minister

I was recently asked to photograph the Prime Minister, Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. A tricky shoot from the outset. I presumed time would be tight: details their end were at best vague.

Access was heavily restricted so it was just me and whatever I could carry. Time was tight; very tight; three minutes from first to last frame. As a portrait photographer I’m used to working fast and this was a real test of that skill.

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Sarah Brown for Director magazine

To mark International Women’s Day, I was sent up to Edinburgh a few weeks back to photograph Sarah Brown. She was speaking to Director magazine about her new campaign for gender equality, women in leadership and politics. Here are a few images from the shoot. Sarah was very happy with the portraits and has subsequently used them for a number of other publications.

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