The Shop on Greame St

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In 1972, while studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic, I rented a disused barber's shop in the city's Moss Side district and opened it as a free portrait studio. I was inspired by New Yorker Bruce Davidson's work in Harlem, "East 100th Street".

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Inspirations: 4 of 10 - TV documentary. 1969. Beautiful, Beautiful. BBC Omnibus about four photographers. At one point Davidson, who was working on East 100th St. (his book about Harlem) says: "I poise, not pose, people... People have an innate dignity and they will set themselves before the camera in a dignified way. And they will choose what they will give."