Monday, 29 December 2008

The Siege of Kensington

Palestinian supporters demonstrate outside the Israeli Embassy as the bombardment of Gaza continues. London.

..these riots seem to be following me around.

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Sunday, 28 December 2008

Athens Sale shopping..

Athens Xmas shopping - it's a war out there!
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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Athens - pic of the day..

Tissue seller cowers from gas masked riot police.

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Merry Xmas from Athens!

Think yourself lucky this bunch aren't gathering round your tree!

Riot police protect a Christmas tree from demonstrators throwing rubbish and pork bones. Demonstration called after the fatal shooting by the police on Dec. 6 of a 15-year-old, Alexandros Grigorolopoulos. Athens, Greece.

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

More Athens riots

More rioting around Athens Polytechnic last night..the police were attacked with petrol bombs.

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Friday, 19 December 2008

Athens Burns..

Not that I've had enough of weddings or anything. I'm in Athens. Today we saw another huge demonstration called after the fatal shooting by the police on Dec. 6 of a 15-year-old, Alexandros Grigorolopoulos. 

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Saturday, 13 December 2008

Party for Cuba! exhibition invite..


''Friday 2 January CHElebration party, sunny-side-up socialismo comes to North London to complete the season of goodwill, and help raise much-needed funds for the Cuba Solidarity Hurricane relief appeal. A great way to complete the season of goodwill and start the year with some revolutionary resolution. 

Featuring Radio Revolucion Cuban-influenced reggae drum n ' bass, unpicking the underbelly of country the legendary Hank Wangford,the Lost Cowboys and the hottest voice on the performance poetry circuit the unmissable Luke Wright. Add the Movimientos Cuban sound system and its one of our strongest music and poetry line-ups yet and sure to inspire and entertain!

We've also have a specially commissioned photography exhibition of icons of global rebellion by the superbly talented Jess Hurd (me apparently ;o) with visual installions supplied by Simon Green of Eventful. And the night will be introduced by our special guest Cuban poet Pedro Perez Sarduy, accompanied by Gavin O'Toole and Georgina JIminez, co-editors of Che in Verse, Mick Shaw FBU National President, and Cal Jader, co-founder of Movimientos.

Presented by Philosophy Football in association with The Fire Brigades Union and Thompson's Solicitors and supported by Cuba Solidarity Campaign. It's at Offside, 271 City Road London EC1, starts 7pm. And each ticket is a £5 off voucher against any Philosophy Football shirt bought on the night, meaning this superb night costs you next to nothing!

To book a ticket - visit and click on 'events' or call 020 8802 3499''

Guardian Tear Sheet - Dale Farm Wedding

Read Guardian article here

NUJ here

Press Gazette here

BJP here

Read Independent here

Travellers' Times here

A World to Win here

Marc VallĂ©e Blog here

View the video of the wedding here

Listen to the audio of the police stopping me under S44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act here

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Human Rights Day

Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan from Dale Farm celebrate their wedding day. 

This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges may rule that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.

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Saturday, 6 December 2008

National Climate March

International Climate Protest, London.

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Please view web gallery here

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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Dale Farm

Irish travellers from Dale Farm site in Essex protest against plans to evict them outside the High Court. London  

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Friday, 28 November 2008

Clean Coal, Dirty Coal

Environmental activists protest outside the London head office of E.ON the power company in Pall Mall. The protest was the start of two days of action against plans for a new coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Mobile Clubbing

Mobile clubbing, Flash Mob party outside the Royal Exchange, City of London:

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Friday, 14 November 2008

Islam, War and the Media Conference

Tomorrow there is a half-day conference hosted by Media Workers Against the War

There will be a workshop called “Journalists and the “terror” laws” with the campaigning lawyer Louise Christian, Hicham Yezza the editor of Ceasefire Magazine who was arrested for downloading an al-Qaeda document from a US government website and photojournalist Marc Vallee

Jason N.Parkinson and I will still be showing the NUJ sponsored film - Press Freedom: Collateral Damage as part of the workshop and we will also do a Q&A after the film.

The conference is being held at the London School of Economics and starts at 2pm. The event is open to all and not just media workers.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Ogaden Protest

Protest against genocide and crimes against humanity in Ogaden by Ethiopian forces, Westminster. London

Firefighters Memorial

Firefighters lay a wreath at the St Paul's monument in remembrance of the firefighters who are increasingly losing their lives at work. London.

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Thought this sticker was great, I do so hate being tracked by Oyster around London.

Enjoy the freedom of the City indeed.

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Monday, 10 November 2008

Defender Magazine - Tear Sheet

John Hutton MP - Labour Party Conference
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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Directa - Tear Sheet

For my Spanish/Catalan speaking friends...

Directa - The paper of the Social Movements in Barcelona have printed my interviews with people across America about the recession, racism and the Presidential election.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf with weather, East London.
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Friday, 31 October 2008

Trick or Treat!

Young Bengali children Halloween trick or treating. Tower Hamlets, East London.

Dancing on the Grave of Capitalism

Dancing on the Grave of Capitalism – Anti Capitalist Halloween Street Party. Canary Wharf, London.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Ian Rankin Interview - tear sheet

Ian Rankin Interview - The Learning Rep.

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Saturday, 25 October 2008

Stop Deaths in Police Custody

Protest march against death in custody, in prisons and mental health institutions by the United Families and Friends Campaign. London.

See slideshow here

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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Pensions Lobby

National Pensioners Convention annual lobby of Parliament. London

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Friday, 17 October 2008

The Times - Focus Report Tear Sheet

Engineering - The Future

Article on a Diploma course in engineering. Lambeth College  teaches 14yr olds from Lilian Bayliss School.

Story shot on assignment for The Times.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

RMT Seafarers

RMT demonstration is prevented from marching to the European Parliament by riot police. Brussels, Belgium.

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Monday, 13 October 2008

Climate Rush

Climate Rush marks the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement as they attempt to storm Parliament. Westminster, London.

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Sunday, 12 October 2008


Hackney council housing which has been part boarded up awaiting regeneration for more than ten years..and a lovely shade of orange the boards are as well. E2, East London.

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Tel the Tripper - video

The short video is a little belated, but made as part of a PA video training course for photographers I did last year.

Thanks to Jeremy Nicholl

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Friday, 10 October 2008

Capitalism Isn't Working

Anti-Capitalists protest against the government's bail-out of British banks. City of London.

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Thursday, 9 October 2008

No Bigots, No Borders

Demonstration Against Human Rights Abuses and Deportation of Ugandan Asylum Seekers outside the Ugandan Embassy on Independence day. Organized by the NUS and Trafalgar Square, London.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Extend Abortion Rights

Alliance for Choice campaign from Northern Ireland hold a symbolic protest outside parliament to represent the 40 women who travel from Northern Ireland every month for abortions in Britain. 

They are campaigning for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. Parliament Square, London.

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Oh Darling

Chancellor Alistair Darling arrives at Downing Street for an emergency meeting on the day he announces a 500 billion bailout for UK banks. London.

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Rush hour

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Sunday, 5 October 2008

MI5 Giant lobsters

Strange pic of the week - 
Giant lobsters walk past the MI5 building. London.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Friday, 3 October 2008

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Belching Out The Devil

Earlier on in the year I had the privilege of working with activist, journalist and comedian Mark Thomas on his new book Belching Out The Devil

We visited trade unionists in Colombia living under paramilitary death threat and Coca Cola workers and their families in Istanbul who were brutally attacked by the police in the company HQ. 
This book is a serious investigation in to the activities of Coca Cola the global corporate brand, but it also makes you laugh out loud roughly every three pages.

A must get Xmas present for all the family!

Guardian : 'John Pilger with laughs'

Image of Mark Thomas with Che Guevara in the Sinatrainal trade union offices, Bogota -

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The Reddog Experience

Reddog @ Chats Palace 

This year I have visited Roma communities in Istanbul and Rome. Sulukule is a gypsy neighbourhood inhabited by Roma since the 11th Century and faces demolition under plans to gentrify parts of Istanbul.

Roma families living in Italy are facing increased persecution, I travelled to Rome in August to document conditions in the camps. There is also a short documentary available on the Reel News October DVD release and screened at the Foundry this Sunday.

Tdog has put together a slideshow of my images with Roma music and it will be screened at the Reddog event at Chats Palace in Hackney, London on Friday 3rd October 2008.

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Monday, 29 September 2008

Stocking Fillers?

Whilst photographing the credit crunch I came across these rather expensive silver condiment tops for sale, London.

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Friday, 26 September 2008

Anti Academies Alliance

Parents and teachers from the Anti Academies Alliance, dressed as spivs and fat cats protest outside hedge fund charity HQ ARK. London.

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Monday, 22 September 2008

The Muppet Show

An uncanny resemblance between Alastair Darling the Chancellor and Sam the American Eagle struck me at Labour Party Conference...

and by popular demand our PM also has a look-alike, enjoy.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Dale Farm Travellers

Irish traveller children from Dale Farm site protest against council plans to take the children into care, demolition of a school building and eviction. Basildon Civil Centre. Essex  

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Monday, 15 September 2008

Ian Rankin

Author Ian Rankin, London.

Friday, 5 September 2008

America Project

"What's Going On?"

In June I spent 6 weeks traveling across the United States of America gathering interviews with people I met about the recession, racism and the Presidential election.

The posts below are a selection of them. I will be adding more interviews and audio soon.

Thanks to Sion Touhig and Keith McKenna for their editing skills and everyone who helped me out along the way on what was an amazing trip.

All images and interviews © Jess Hurd

Socialist Worker newspaper article: The Real Faces of America

“It's not Magic City like we hoped.”

Miami, Florida

My journey started in Miami, a city of conspicuous wealth where grand mansions jostled for space along bleached white beaches. But another side to Miami was the poverty of the Magic City Trailer Park where I met Marcos Antonio Prado a migrant from Guatemala.

”I work from 7am-11pm as a security guard and I don't make enough money, I cannot afford anywhere else.”

“I think Barack Obama will be good for us, for all the people. The Republican candidate will continue the same George Bush politics of war…if I had my papers, I would vote Democrat.”

“I hope the next President will do something for all the foreign people, give us papers… we don't have jobs, we don't have nothing.”

“It's not Magic City like we hoped.”

"Right here in the ghetto.”

At a homeless shelter on the edge of Overtown, Miami I spoke to Billy Jewel Garrett Jr who had been a cook for 25 years. He shares the shelter with 300 other men. Billy has the privilege of sleeping on the concrete floor in the kitchen.

“It do look like paradise when you go to the beach, the million dollar houses but once you cross over them islands and come into the town of Miami you're right here in the ghetto.”

“This used to be Overtown, but they are pushing black people back, so they can put in the people with money.”

“They are kicking people out, putting them in projects…building up all these skyscrapers, they just sit there empty, nobody can afford them.”