About the Book
For six months during 2008-2009 I took the White Tent around the country photographing interest groups for The Guardian Magazine’s ‘Take 10’ series. As the name suggests, each week, ten people, animals or things - all with a common interest or theme - were photographed and featured with a short essay. This book contains some of my favourite subjects from the series.
Setting up the studio in tight spaces was frequently a logistical nightmare and often required fast responses - as when my first highly-strung cat leapt straight through the white paper background! Or setting up for a full length portrait in a crowded boxing gym with all the lighting and wires, without stepping on the feet of skipping boxers. We were careful to be very polite. On each session the struggles were more than rewarded with great conversations and learning obscure facts delivered wit
I was born in London in 1948. Having originally studied theoretical chemistry I won a scholarship from the Royal College of Art to do an MA in photography. This opportunity saw the start of my career, which began in 1976 when I won the Vogue Award and worked as a staff photographer for the magazine. I have produced several books, founded the Network photographers agency and photographed for magazines throughout the world including Life & National Geographic and received the Oscar Barnac award in 1991 In recent years, my work has become more diverse: I have been working on short films, explored different styles of portraiture and have worked extensively for corporate and advertising clients. I am currently working on 3 major projects, a film entitled Flow, Visual Noise (an exploration of image & messaging in the visual landscape) and “The White Tent”, a portrait project using a mobile white tent across the UK from Glastonbury to a festival of erotica.