Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 – 1983

Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 - 1983

Public competitions were common place and extremely popular in Sheffield during the early 1980’s. My first social documentary project aimed to record and question these often bizarre and often questionable public spectacles. A selection of these photographs formed part of my degree show and was exhibited in its entirety at the Untitled Gallery, Sheffield in 1983.

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

A Portrait of a Working Mens Club. Commissioned by The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, as part of the ‘And The North’ commissions. This project was divided into three sections. The Club Members, The Entertainers and the highly anticipated annual Club Trips to Blackpool and Skegness.

‘Real Fire’ Commission  1984

'Real Fire' Commission, South Yorkshire 1984

Commissioned by the Solid Fuel Advisory Service. My chosen brief was to photograph workers employed in the solid fuel industry in South Yorkshire. My particular interest was to document the working and environmental conditions of both blue and white colour workers, in particular the external and interior work spaces people occupy and personalise throughout their working lives.

Artist in Industry Fellowship 1985

Artist in Industry Fellowship, Yorkshire Arts 1985

My fellowship was based with Leeds City Council Department for Industry and Estates. During this period of high national unemployment my photography recorded the council and governments response in supporting existing businesses, work creation schemes and regeneration programmes.

Oldham Sheltered Housing, Care of the Elderly: Portraits and Conversations 1985

Oldham Sheltered Housing Portraits & Conversations 1985

Portraits of residents in sheltered housing accommodation in Failsworth, Oldham. I recorded my conversations with residents as I photographed them, they were then transcribed and exhibited together with their photographs. We talked about their childhood, work life in the cotton mills, military service, marriage, family and historic events they had lived through.

Photographer in Schools Commission: Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury, Gloucester March 1986

Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury, Gloucester 1986

The ‘Photographer in Schools’ scheme was organised by the Axiom Arts Centre, Cheltenham. Its purpose was to place a photographer in two very different schools for one week. I spent a week at a state comprehensive school, while another photographer was placed at Cheltenham Ladies College, the resulting work was later exhibited together.

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

The high rise ‘landmark’ tower blocks of Hyde Park were built in 1966 and demolished in 1992.  At the time it was the largest social housing estate of its type in Europe. These portraits were made of the last tenants resident at Hyde Park in 1988 just before the flats were vacated.

Association with Alex Usborne MBE at Picture Palace North and 104 Films Ltd. 1989 – present

Association with Alex Usborne MBE 1989-present

Alex Usborne is a Sheffield based TV and film producer. My association with Alex started in 1989, researching and exploring Sheffield’s nightlife, boxing clubs and social housing estates, photographing both personalities and everyday characters who have stories to tell. Alex and I conducted location scouting, months, or even years, prior to filming. The photographs were used to create narratives that could be used to outline and construct these documentary films, pitch for funding and later be used to promote the finished film.

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist and Writer 1990 – 1999

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist & Writer 1990 - 1999

Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. I collaborated with him as his photographer to illustrate and interpret his stories. He was particularly interested in how people survive psychologically through economic hard times. His stories are perceptive, insightful and humorous, always describing the unseen side of human nature and behaviour.

‘Heart of our City’ March/April 1991

‘Heart of our City’, Sheffield 1991

This photographic project was part of a collaborative initiative called ‘Healthy Sheffield 2000’. It sought to prevent coronary heart disease through education, information and in doing so reduce the inequalities in heart health between different parts of Sheffield. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and exhibited with the photographs.

Street Children/Resistol Abuse. San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

Street Children/Resistol Abuse, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

I visited San Pedro Sula, Honduras for the first time in Feb/March 1991. The purpose was to broaden my portfolio of social documentary photography abroad. This first project was concerned with the lives of street children and their addiction to Resistol, a toluene based adhesive sold by the US company H. B. Fuller.

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

I visited the community health centre at Morazán, Honduras in March 1991. The community health centre was run by Jospice International, a Catholic charity based in Liverpool, UK. The health centre was staffed by volunteers and medics from the UK wanting overseas medical experience. My purpose was to photograph the day to day health care activities at the health centre and its outreach programme which was providing medical support to outlying villages.

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

This project is divided into three sections: Portraits of AIDS patients at the San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, the second section documents the final days, death and funeral of José Martínez a patient from the hospice, the third records the sex workers at the Hotel Fanny brothel.  Photographs from this project have been widely exhibited and published worldwide to draw attention the AIDS pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – November/December 1993

Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 1993

This selection of photographs and interviews were taken during a 3 week assignment to the enclave of Tuzla in eastern Bosnia during December 1993 on behalf of aid agency Oxfam. At that time Tuzla had been blockaded by Serbian Armed forces for 10 months. A small amount of humanitarian aid arrived by UNHCR convoy, the only other way to enter Tuzla was by UN helicopters. My brief was to photograph the distribution of winter clothing and footwear to refugees, provide publicity images that will be used to raise public awareness to the plight facing refugees during the approaching winter.

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes,  San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

This project is in two sections. The first looks at how vulnerable young girls become entrapped into prostitution and become ‘normalised’ into a system through debt and misplaced loyalty towards their brothel owner. The second are the health consequences of working street prostitutes that have not been tested for HIV that will inevitably contribute to the transmission of AIDS in the city.

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula. Honduras 1994

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

I returned to the San José Hospice in 1994. The hospice is run by Jospice International a Liverpool based Catholic charity, which opened in 1991 and was specifically devoted to the care of AIDS patients. Before the hospice opened many sufferers had been abandoned by the health authorities and their families, leaving them to fend for themselves on the city streets. Often described as the ‘living dead’, these people had suffered exclusion, lack of understanding, ignorance and fear from their fellow citizens. Many were never visited by family or friends and were buried in unmarked graves.

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

These portraits were taken as part of a 6 month photographic residency at Sheffield Children’s Hospital during 1996. The photographs formed part of a publicity campaign called the ‘Children’s Appeal’. The resulting exhibition was shown at Children’s Hospital and the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

This project was commissioned by photoARTS 2000 and the European Commission’s Regional Challenge Award to photograph the exuberant and passionate end of season celebrations of the Turkish Süper Lig Championship football cup winners Fenerbahçe S.K in Istanbul. The resulting exhibition would publicise Turkey’s first tournament entry into the Euro ’96’ football championships.

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life, November 1998

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life 1998

These photographs were commissioned by the Arts Development officer at Barnsley’s Libraries and Cultural Services Department. The motivation behind these photographs was to celebrate and record the exuberant energy, vigour and zest for life of the town’s young people during that brief, wonderful, carefree time in their lives, before the inevitable weight of work, family and responsibility, takes its toll.

Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 – 1983

Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 - 1983

Public competitions were common place and extremely popular in Sheffield during the early 1980’s. My first social documentary project aimed to record and question these often bizarre and often questionable public spectacles. A selection of these photographs formed part of my degree show and was exhibited in its entirety at the Untitled Gallery, Sheffield in 1983.

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

A Portrait of a Working Mens Club. Commissioned by The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, as part of the ‘And The North’ commissions. This project was divided into three sections. The Club Members, The Entertainers and the highly anticipated annual Club Trips to Blackpool and Skegness.

‘Real Fire’ Commission  1984

'Real Fire' Commission, South Yorkshire 1984

Commissioned by the Solid Fuel Advisory Service. My chosen brief was to photograph workers employed in the solid fuel industry in South Yorkshire. My particular interest was to document the working and environmental conditions of both blue and white colour workers, in particular the external and interior work spaces people occupy and personalise throughout their working lives.

Artist in Industry Fellowship 1985

Artist in Industry Fellowship, Yorkshire Arts 1985

My fellowship was based with Leeds City Council Department for Industry and Estates. During this period of high national unemployment my photography recorded the council and governments response in supporting existing businesses, work creation schemes and regeneration programmes.

Oldham Sheltered Housing, Care of the Elderly: Portraits and Conversations 1985

Oldham Sheltered Housing Portraits & Conversations 1985

Portraits of residents in sheltered housing accommodation in Failsworth, Oldham. I recorded my conversations with residents as I photographed them, they were then transcribed and exhibited together with their photographs. We talked about their childhood, work life in the cotton mills, military service, marriage, family and historic events they had lived through.

Photographer in Schools Commission: Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury, Gloucester March 1986

Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury, Gloucester 1986

The ‘Photographer in Schools’ scheme was organised by the Axiom Arts Centre, Cheltenham. Its purpose was to place a photographer in two very different schools for one week. I spent a week at a state comprehensive school, while another photographer was placed at Cheltenham Ladies College, the resulting work was later exhibited together.

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

The high rise ‘landmark’ tower blocks of Hyde Park were built in 1966 and demolished in 1992.  At the time it was the largest social housing estate of its type in Europe. These portraits were made of the last tenants resident at Hyde Park in 1988 just before the flats were vacated.

Association with Alex Usborne MBE at Picture Palace North and 104 Films Ltd. 1989 – present

Association with Alex Usborne MBE 1989-present

Alex Usborne is a Sheffield based TV and film producer. My association with Alex started in 1989, researching and exploring Sheffield’s nightlife, boxing clubs and social housing estates, photographing both personalities and everyday characters who have stories to tell. Alex and I conducted location scouting, months, or even years, prior to filming. The photographs were used to create narratives that could be used to outline and construct these documentary films, pitch for funding and later be used to promote the finished film.

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist and Writer 1990 – 1999

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist & Writer 1990 - 1999

Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. I collaborated with him as his photographer to illustrate and interpret his stories. He was particularly interested in how people survive psychologically through economic hard times. His stories are perceptive, insightful and humorous, always describing the unseen side of human nature and behaviour.

‘Heart of our City’ March/April 1991

‘Heart of our City’, Sheffield 1991

This photographic project was part of a collaborative initiative called ‘Healthy Sheffield 2000’. It sought to prevent coronary heart disease through education, information and in doing so reduce the inequalities in heart health between different parts of Sheffield. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and exhibited with the photographs.

Street Children/Resistol Abuse. San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

Street Children/Resistol Abuse, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

I visited San Pedro Sula, Honduras for the first time in Feb/March 1991. The purpose was to broaden my portfolio of social documentary photography abroad. This first project was concerned with the lives of street children and their addiction to Resistol, a toluene based adhesive sold by the US company H. B. Fuller.

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

I visited the community health centre at Morazán, Honduras in March 1991. The community health centre was run by Jospice International, a Catholic charity based in Liverpool, UK. The health centre was staffed by volunteers and medics from the UK wanting overseas medical experience. My purpose was to photograph the day to day health care activities at the health centre and its outreach programme which was providing medical support to outlying villages.

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

This project is divided into three sections: Portraits of AIDS patients at the San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, the second section documents the final days, death and funeral of José Martínez a patient from the hospice, the third records the sex workers at the Hotel Fanny brothel.  Photographs from this project have been widely exhibited and published worldwide to draw attention the AIDS pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – November/December 1993

Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 1993

This selection of photographs and interviews were taken during a 3 week assignment to the enclave of Tuzla in eastern Bosnia during December 1993 on behalf of aid agency Oxfam. At that time Tuzla had been blockaded by Serbian Armed forces for 10 months. A small amount of humanitarian aid arrived by UNHCR convoy, the only other way to enter Tuzla was by UN helicopters. My brief was to photograph the distribution of winter clothing and footwear to refugees, provide publicity images that will be used to raise public awareness to the plight facing refugees during the approaching winter.

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes,  San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

This project is in two sections. The first looks at how vulnerable young girls become entrapped into prostitution and become ‘normalised’ into a system through debt and misplaced loyalty towards their brothel owner. The second are the health consequences of working street prostitutes that have not been tested for HIV that will inevitably contribute to the transmission of AIDS in the city.

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula. Honduras 1994

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

I returned to the San José Hospice in 1994. The hospice is run by Jospice International a Liverpool based Catholic charity, which opened in 1991 and was specifically devoted to the care of AIDS patients. Before the hospice opened many sufferers had been abandoned by the health authorities and their families, leaving them to fend for themselves on the city streets. Often described as the ‘living dead’, these people had suffered exclusion, lack of understanding, ignorance and fear from their fellow citizens. Many were never visited by family or friends and were buried in unmarked graves.

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

These portraits were taken as part of a 6 month photographic residency at Sheffield Children’s Hospital during 1996. The photographs formed part of a publicity campaign called the ‘Children’s Appeal’. The resulting exhibition was shown at Children’s Hospital and the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

This project was commissioned by photoARTS 2000 and the European Commission’s Regional Challenge Award to photograph the exuberant and passionate end of season celebrations of the Turkish Süper Lig Championship football cup winners Fenerbahçe S.K in Istanbul. The resulting exhibition would publicise Turkey’s first tournament entry into the Euro ’96’ football championships.

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life, November 1998

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life 1998

These photographs were commissioned by the Arts Development officer at Barnsley’s Libraries and Cultural Services Department. The motivation behind these photographs was to celebrate and record the exuberant energy, vigour and zest for life of the town’s young people during that brief, wonderful, carefree time in their lives, before the inevitable weight of work, family and responsibility, takes its toll.

Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 – 1983

Public Competitions, Sheffield 1981 - 1983

Public competitions were common place and extremely popular in Sheffield during the early 1980’s. My first social documentary project aimed to record and question these often bizarre and often questionable public spectacles. A selection of these photographs formed part of my degree show and was exhibited in its entirety at the Untitled Gallery, Sheffield in 1983.

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

The Dial House Sports & Social Club, Sheffield 1983

A Portrait of a Working Mens Club. Commissioned by The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, as part of the ‘And The North’ commissions. This project was divided into three sections. The Club Members, The Entertainers and the highly anticipated annual Club Trips to Blackpool and Skegness.

‘Real Fire’ Commission  1984

'Real Fire' Commission, South Yorkshire 1984

Commissioned by the Solid Fuel Advisory Service. My chosen brief was to photograph workers employed in the solid fuel industry in South Yorkshire. My particular interest was to document the working and environmental conditions of both blue and white colour workers, in particular the external and interior work spaces people occupy and personalise throughout their working lives.

Artist in Industry Fellowship 1985

Artist in Industry Fellowship, Yorkshire Arts 1985

My fellowship was based with Leeds City Council Department for Industry and Estates. During this period of high national unemployment my photography recorded the council and governments response in supporting existing businesses, work creation schemes and regeneration programmes.

Oldham Sheltered Housing, Care of the Elderly: Portraits and Conversations 1985

Oldham Sheltered Housing Portraits & Conversations 1985

Portraits of residents in sheltered housing accommodation in Failsworth, Oldham. I recorded my conversations with residents as I photographed them, they were then transcribed and exhibited together with their photographs. We talked about their childhood, work life in the cotton mills, military service, marriage, family and historic events they had lived through.

Photographer in Schools Commission: Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury, Gloucester March 1986

Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury, Gloucester 1986

The ‘Photographer in Schools’ scheme was organised by the Axiom Arts Centre, Cheltenham. Its purpose was to place a photographer in two very different schools for one week. I spent a week at a state comprehensive school, while another photographer was placed at Cheltenham Ladies College, the resulting work was later exhibited together.

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

‘Streets in the Sky’ The last residents at Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield 1988

The high rise ‘landmark’ tower blocks of Hyde Park were built in 1966 and demolished in 1992.  At the time it was the largest social housing estate of its type in Europe. These portraits were made of the last tenants resident at Hyde Park in 1988 just before the flats were vacated.

Association with Alex Usborne MBE at Picture Palace North and 104 Films Ltd. 1989 – present

Association with Alex Usborne MBE 1989-present

Alex Usborne is a Sheffield based TV and film producer. My association with Alex started in 1989, researching and exploring Sheffield’s nightlife, boxing clubs and social housing estates, photographing both personalities and everyday characters who have stories to tell. Alex and I conducted location scouting, months, or even years, prior to filming. The photographs were used to create narratives that could be used to outline and construct these documentary films, pitch for funding and later be used to promote the finished film.

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist and Writer 1990 – 1999

Association with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist & Writer 1990 - 1999

Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. I collaborated with him as his photographer to illustrate and interpret his stories. He was particularly interested in how people survive psychologically through economic hard times. His stories are perceptive, insightful and humorous, always describing the unseen side of human nature and behaviour.

‘Heart of our City’ March/April 1991

‘Heart of our City’, Sheffield 1991

This photographic project was part of a collaborative initiative called ‘Healthy Sheffield 2000’. It sought to prevent coronary heart disease through education, information and in doing so reduce the inequalities in heart health between different parts of Sheffield. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and exhibited with the photographs.

Street Children/Resistol Abuse. San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

Street Children/Resistol Abuse, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1991

I visited San Pedro Sula, Honduras for the first time in Feb/March 1991. The purpose was to broaden my portfolio of social documentary photography abroad. This first project was concerned with the lives of street children and their addiction to Resistol, a toluene based adhesive sold by the US company H. B. Fuller.

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

Rural Community Health Centre, Morazán, Honduras 1991

I visited the community health centre at Morazán, Honduras in March 1991. The community health centre was run by Jospice International, a Catholic charity based in Liverpool, UK. The health centre was staffed by volunteers and medics from the UK wanting overseas medical experience. My purpose was to photograph the day to day health care activities at the health centre and its outreach programme which was providing medical support to outlying villages.

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

HIV/AIDS Project, Honduras 1993

This project is divided into three sections: Portraits of AIDS patients at the San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, the second section documents the final days, death and funeral of José Martínez a patient from the hospice, the third records the sex workers at the Hotel Fanny brothel.  Photographs from this project have been widely exhibited and published worldwide to draw attention the AIDS pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – November/December 1993

Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 1993

This selection of photographs and interviews were taken during a 3 week assignment to the enclave of Tuzla in eastern Bosnia during December 1993 on behalf of aid agency Oxfam. At that time Tuzla had been blockaded by Serbian Armed forces for 10 months. A small amount of humanitarian aid arrived by UNHCR convoy, the only other way to enter Tuzla was by UN helicopters. My brief was to photograph the distribution of winter clothing and footwear to refugees, provide publicity images that will be used to raise public awareness to the plight facing refugees during the approaching winter.

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes,  San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

Chicas Bar Brothel and Street Prostitutes, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

This project is in two sections. The first looks at how vulnerable young girls become entrapped into prostitution and become ‘normalised’ into a system through debt and misplaced loyalty towards their brothel owner. The second are the health consequences of working street prostitutes that have not been tested for HIV that will inevitably contribute to the transmission of AIDS in the city.

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula. Honduras 1994

San José Hospice, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 1994

I returned to the San José Hospice in 1994. The hospice is run by Jospice International a Liverpool based Catholic charity, which opened in 1991 and was specifically devoted to the care of AIDS patients. Before the hospice opened many sufferers had been abandoned by the health authorities and their families, leaving them to fend for themselves on the city streets. Often described as the ‘living dead’, these people had suffered exclusion, lack of understanding, ignorance and fear from their fellow citizens. Many were never visited by family or friends and were buried in unmarked graves.

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

Photographer in Residence at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 1996

These portraits were taken as part of a 6 month photographic residency at Sheffield Children’s Hospital during 1996. The photographs formed part of a publicity campaign called the ‘Children’s Appeal’. The resulting exhibition was shown at Children’s Hospital and the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

Fenerbahçe S.K. Football Club Turkish Süper Lig Champions 1996

This project was commissioned by photoARTS 2000 and the European Commission’s Regional Challenge Award to photograph the exuberant and passionate end of season celebrations of the Turkish Süper Lig Championship football cup winners Fenerbahçe S.K in Istanbul. The resulting exhibition would publicise Turkey’s first tournament entry into the Euro ’96’ football championships.

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life, November 1998

Celebrating Barnsley’s Night Life 1998

These photographs were commissioned by the Arts Development officer at Barnsley’s Libraries and Cultural Services Department. The motivation behind these photographs was to celebrate and record the exuberant energy, vigour and zest for life of the town’s young people during that brief, wonderful, carefree time in their lives, before the inevitable weight of work, family and responsibility, takes its toll.