Saturday, 21 August 2010

Wagon wheels, keep on moving..

My new site is under construction.
Blog/website and twitter will be integrated, ooh exciting hey?
My new blog will be at this address:

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

"Ban the Burqa" - EDL/ENA

Woman wearing a balaclava, her children dressed in 'Infidel' t-shirts marches to "Ban the Burqa". Organised by the English Nationalist Alliance and supported by members of the English Defence League. Westminster, London.

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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Press Photographers' Year

Chuffed to get an image (however weird and disturbing) selected for the Press Photographers' Year.

The exhibition is showing at the Littleton Theatre at the National Theatre on London's South Bank, it's on till 19th September and is free to enter. There is also a book available to order here spanning two years of the competition.

A big thank you to the organisers, well done to the winners and as the PPY says:

"Our aim is to demonstrate...that even in an age of rolling television news, internet and satellite communication, the traditional still image burns the keenest, fastest impression on the public conscience and is the most effective way to show the world the world as it really is"

Toy Graveyard, Normandy. France.

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Living under curfew - Dispersal Orders

Young Bengali men argue against being issued a Dispersal Order by PCSO's. The controversal order effectively means an enforced curfew for those deemed anti social between 6pm and 4am every day.

Dispersal orders give the police additional powers, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse groups of two or more people where an officer has reasonable grounds for believing that their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public from being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.

Once asked to disperse it will be a criminal offence for that person to return to the dispersal area for a 24-hour period and could lead to a £2,500 fine or imprisonment.

If a young person under the age of sixteen is stopped in the area after 9pm and is not accompanied by an adult the police can escort them to their home address, if they are either at risk or vulnerable from anti-social behaviour, crime or causing, or at risk of causing, anti-social behaviour. Tower Hamlets, East London.

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Monday, 19 July 2010

Save Our Schools

Teachers, parents and students rally against the governments education cuts. Methodist Central Hall. London.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Vince Cable - Learning for Life

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills addresses trade unionists at the TUC for the first time since being elected. Unionlearn Learning for Life Annual Conference.

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Monday, 5 July 2010

New Scotland Yard - Flash!

Photographers gather outside New Scotland Yard to celebrate the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The campaign is not over yet, we want s44 repealed and there are rafts of other laws police are at liberty to harass us with.

But it is important to mark the victories when we win them!

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Victory! Flash Mob

Last week the European Court of Human Rights rejected the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Although the Home Office has said it is still considering how the ruling affects the law and the police will continue to use it. It’s possible that any Stop & Search under s44 since 12th January 2010 will be open to legal challenge, so hang on to any receipts.

Unfortunately there are still a swathe of laws that police use to harass photographers, most notably s43, which is similar to s44 but requires an officer to suspect that you are a terrorist and s76 which makes it illegal to ‘elicit information about a police officer’ which includes photographing them.

In the meantime we’re going back to the place where our campaign started, outside New Scotland Yard. We’ll be gathering at 12 noon, tomorrow Sunday 4th July (Independence Day!) Come along and lets celebrate a little more freedom for photographers.



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Monday, 21 June 2010

Poppy Field

Poppy field. Blackstone Nature Reserve, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

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Saturday, 5 June 2010

Gaza Flotilla

Demonstrators march to the Israeli Embassy against the Israeli attack on a flotilla of aid-carrying vessels bound for Gaza. London.

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

I Promise Not to Kill Myself

I was horrified but unfortunately not surprised to hear the news of another tragic death of a factory worker in China.

The 19 year old from Shenzhen is the 9th suspected suicide at Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm making computers and phones for companies like Apple and Sony.

In 2003 I was invited to China with two other British photographers, Sion Touhig and Mike Goldwater to document one of China's New Economic Development Zones.

Journalists were taken around the Provinces of South East China to witness the rapid industrialisation in the region as millions of workers were sucked into factories from small villages in the countryside.

Shenzhen, has grown from a small village into a city with a population over 10 million within 20 years.

Many factories we visited had no infrastructure at all, roads were still being built. They were the showcases, brand new, clean and bright, but even so it was clear working conditions were appalling. The image pictured shows Chinese women workers at the Chint Group a private firm and China's largest high voltage electrical appliance maker based in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province.

We were told the company only use women on this part of the production line because their hands were 'smaller and faster'. The work is long, repetitive, tedious and painful. Every element of the workers lives were regulated by the company from segregated dormitories to what seemed to be regulation length hair.

Wherever we visited our questions about unions were batted away by company management, why would such happy workers need trade unions? The recent increase in suicides and workers attempts to escape the monotony of virtually prison worker life is no surprise to me and I doubt the introduction of pledges for workers to sign stating that they will not kill themselves, will change the situation.

The global market race for cheaper products is made with the blood of these workers.

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Monday, 24 May 2010

The Journey of Transition

I've been invited to speak at the University of Bedfordshire's first ever Refugee Week today.
I will be showing three sets of images at the event called the Journey of Transition.

Firstly the work I have done in France, called 'Permanent
Displacement - Calais refugees from Sangatte to destitution'

Secondly a set of images from the US/Mexico border called 'Border Angels
- the story of Mexican refugees and the vigilante Minute Men.'

and the third series of images will be a celebration of the colourful
and innovative campaigns from around the world from Indonesian
domestic maids in Hong Kong to the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.

Image: Never Accept Money in Return For Sex - sign at the Kapelebyong Primary School, Camp Kapelebyong - displaced peoples camp Katekwi. Uganda.

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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Take Back Parliament

Take Back Parliament - Demo for Democracy. Campaign for proportional representation. Westminster.

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Friday, 7 May 2010

BNP Wipe-Out

Barking and Dagenham residents and anti racist campaigners celebrate the wipe out of all the BNP councillors in the local election.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

May Day - A Hung Parliament

May Day protesters construct gallows on parliament Square and hold a mock execution of politicians.

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

I Love Migrants

I Love Migrants event at the Foundry tonight, I will be showing a selection of campaigning images from the last decade.

Image shows Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Abas Amini who sewed up his eyes, mouth and ears to protest against the Home Office's judicial review of his deportation case. Amini, 33 fled to Britain from Iran after imprisonment and torture. He won his right to remain. Nottingham.

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Brown Green Campaign

Gordon Brown launches Labour's Green Manifesto, Naim Dangoor Centre, Labour General Election Campaign, West London.

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Sizewell Beach Refreshments

Sizewell Power Station Beach Refreshments Cafe.

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On Sizewell Beach

Protest and camp outside Sizewell Power Station opposing the expansion of nuclear power and supporting the alternatives. Sizewell is the site of the first new build. Platform is a water inlet pipe.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Conservative Manifesto

David Cameron launches the Conservative Party Manifesto, Battersea Power Station. London.

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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter?

According to the Church of England 30 churches are closed every year. I couldn't find the figure for the Catholic church but the number must be close to the number of pubs closing.

Maybe there is a correlation, perhaps Tesco is expanding their Faith range alongside the cheap booze?

Most likely the drop in church numbers is due to the return home of the Polish immigrant population and the horrific child sex abuse scandals that have hit the headlines this Easter.

Church for Sale in Dudley. West Midlands.

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Vote For Me

Conservative Party election poster with riot cops. Dudley, West Midlands.

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

English Defence League - Dudley

English Defence League members break down fences and rampage through Dudley against Islamic Extremism and the construction of a new mosque is countered by Unite Against Fascism. West Midlands.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

MP's - Smile for the Camera!

Hundreds of letters encouraging MP's to support the "I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist!" campaign by photographing themselves with a mini placard are delivered to Portcullis House. Westminster Parliament. London.

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

“Willie, Willie, Willie. Out, out, out!”

Willie Walsh, BA chief in a Heathrow urinal. British Airways cabin crew strike over pay and working conditions. Hatton Cross. London.

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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Hostile Reconnaissance

The London Photographers’ Branch is proud to announce a pre-election rally on Terror Laws, Civil Liberties & Press Freedom at 7pm on the 13th of April at Friends Meeting House in Euston.

The rally will be chaired by photographer Jess Hurd and speakers include:

Jeremy Dear General Secretary National Union of Journalists
Paul Lewis Guardian journalist & British Press Awards Reporter of the Year 2010
Keith Ewing Professor of Public Law at King’s College London & author of Bonfire of the Liberties
Henry Porter Observer columnist, author & British editor of Vanity Fair
Chez Cotton Head of Action Against the Police at Bindmans Solicitors & a co-ordinator of the Police Action Lawyers Group
Marc Vallée Photojournalist, investigative journalist and one of the organisers of the I’m A Photographer, Not a Terrorist! campaign group.
Pennie Quinton, Filmmaker who won the ECHR case that ruled s44 is unlawful.

More speakers are TBC and will include high-profile photographers, journalists and lawyers who have dealt with the raft of terror laws that we face today.

Supporting the rally are the National Union of Journalists, NUJLondon Central Branch and the ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!‘ campaign group.

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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Saturday, 20 March 2010

English Defence League - Bolton

Police attack Unite Against Fascism as they assemble to stop the English Defence League. Bolton.

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