My work took me to New York from London, briefly, for the first time in 1983. It was an exciting time to be there as the 'redevelopment' of the older districts was not yet in full swing. I was fascinated by the streets and the informal graphic dialogue in the form of graffiti and posters which covered a lot of the available space. I took these photographs using my Olympus XA camera and Kodachrome film. The pictures are very much those of a visitor and visual artist who was gripped by the gritty, hard side of this dynamic city.
My memory of the exact locations is sketchy but I walked a lot of miles around the lower East Side, Alphabet City and Midtown. Most of the photographs were taken in 1983 but I returned in November '84 and took some more.
I was born in 1939 in Dundee, South Africa. I lived in Cape town from 1970 until 1980 where I studied Fine Art and Photography and worked as a Printer in Magazine Publishing. I have lived in London since 1980.
Brixton Road 2013 Published April 14, 2016
MYSORE / TWELVE DAYS Published April 13, 2016
Piccadilly Peregrinations Published December 15, 2015
Piccadilly Peregrinations Published October 12, 2015
Piccadilly Peregrinations Published August 31, 2015
MARKING TIME Published March 16, 2015
IN THE THRONG Published November 29, 2014
Crowding it Published October 28, 2014