First Class BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design from Camberwell School of Art, London before being taken on with Reuters News Agency in London. Eventually working full time, often working 7 days a week. A multi-skilled job as news photographer, picture editor and picture desk manager. Film processing and printing, caption writing, wire transmission and also planning event coverage. Worked for every national paper in Fleet Street, London also AP and AFP doing fill in shifts. Through regular London embassy work, a number of my images are in the archives of the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. News photography is the best education to think about pictures in a fast and natural way.
After working in London, I decided to work in Asia shooting photo-stories for a year, spending many months in the jungles of Mindanao, Southern Philippines covering the Muslim fight for independence; covering both sides of the insurgency. Moved to Sydney, Australia in 1990 and worked on The Australian Newspaper. Set up a photographic studio in Sydney, shooting corporate work and annual reports, much of it for electronic company’s. In 2000 I returned to London shooting Airports and Ports all around the world for a publishing company, which led to working for BAA who owned London’s Heathrow Airport.
Reuters News Agency in London followed by Sydney and Manila, also shooting many assignments for AP (London), AFP (London & Sydney) and the Press Association (PA) London. Newspapers assignments for The Independent, The London Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian (one year full time) and many Scandinavian newspapers. Work also included regular shifts as a Picture Editor for Reuter News Pictures (London) and The Australian Newspaper. Overseas work for the Photo Agency, Gamma (Paris). Full time job offer from Black Star Agency (New York).
News assignments have included: The Royal Family and Princess Diana over 100 times, 5 Prime Ministers, 17 Foreign Ministers, 11 Heads of States, 6 Presidents, 1 Ex-President, 3 Kings and an Ex-King. I had to cover everything required from important funerals to 2 Riots and a Royal wedding. General events and sport such as London Auctions, Portraits, Tennis, Boxing, London Fashion Week, an Oil Rig Disaster in the North Sea, Kings Cross Station Disaster, IRA Christmas Bombing, Harrods Bombing. Personalities and bands like Michael Jackson, Wham, Queen, Terry Waite, Oliver Tambo and Benazir Bhutto to name a few. Angolan Peace Talks, a great many Embassy jobs, Band Aid, Film Awards, Bolshoi & Chinese Ballets, etc.