is one of Scotland's leading photojournalists. Although based
in Glasgow, he has covered major events in Ethiopia, Sudan,
Somalia, Romania, Nepal, Gaza, West Bank, The Philippines, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
and thought-provoking images have appeared in major publications
including The Herald, Scotland On Sunday, The Times, The European,
The Independent on Sunday, Japan Today, The Economist, The Observer,
Der Spiegel, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.
images have also appeared in books and in educational publications
based on the curriculum, on CD-Roms, and on the web. He has
been associated with The Times Educational Supplements for fifteen
years. His exhibition "The Best Years...?" toured Scotland to
critical acclaim in 1993 and 1994.
has been involved in the application of new technology to photography
since 1994. He is currently using his skills in electronic imaging
to create digital solutions for corporate as well as editorial
been around long enough to know that there are many influences
on his work, as he says, "Don McCullin fired me with indignation
at life's injustices and the power of an image to pull us up.
Flanked in years by Eugene Smith and Sebastiao Salgado, he created
a tradition of monochrome photojournalism that defies complacency.
that I've tried to copy the weird and compelling compositions
of Gilles Peress. My failure is maybe in trying too hard.
informs my colour work and I try to make pictures that have
a heart.His successor is William Allard who introduced me to
the art of 'playing around with cameras'. But there's also Alex
Webb who knows how to get tension and menace into great slabs
impress me greatly. The Desert, by Raymond Depardon and others
is genius in the sense that the subject succeeds in overwhelming
technique and personality.
there is Tim Page. In The Mindful Moment he exposes all his
pain and poetic outrage at the generals and bureaucrats. You
can almost see him shaking a fist at the long-gone B-52s, from
a foxhole in a Cambodian paddyfield. He loves the peasants and
the GIs in equal measure. He has given almost everything and
he keeps saying he's broke. His pictures look like they're taken
on a Leica with a mind of its own. But they're great. Thanks