Although I had an interest in photography from an early age, I was only able to afford to pursue it when I started work. In a year of training to teach, I opted for courses in Media Studies (with Len Masterman, one of the inventors of the subject), Film and Photography, and then became involved in a community photography group in the new town where I went to teach. In the mid 70s. I went to several workshops with Ray Moore at Paul Hill’s place in Derbyshire, and set up photography courses at the comprehensive where I was teaching. I had a couple of pages in the last of the Creative Camera Annuals and my first one-person show was “Still Occupied: A View of Hull” at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull in 1983.
I helped set up LIP – and became member number 1 when I set up the database! I also showed work in virtually every LIP show for the first 15 or so years. I first put pictures on the web in 1995, and since then it has been the main way I’ve exhibited, although I’ve had solo shows in festivals in Poland and Brazil in the past few years. My pictures are in a number of collections, including around a hundred in the Museum of London, where I’ve also shown work several times.
I left full-time teaching in 1999 and from 1999-2007 provided all the content for a commercial photography web site aimed at serious photographers, professionals and collectors, making ‘About Photography’ well known and respected around the world. Since leaving About.com, I’ve had more time for my own photography and writing, particularly for >Re:PHOTO (comments on photography more generally as well as my own work) and My London Diary (a chronological presentation of my archive of pictures of events in London, with my comments. Currently just reaching the 40,000 picture count and still growing.
Photo caption: Police pen anarchists at City Hall after demonstration following announcement of Boris Johnson’s victory – they were equally opposed to whether “the crook, the toff, the fascist or the cop” won.
Peter’s websites: >Re:PHOTO and My London Diary