The Shop on Greame St

r/t: 4 min, 46 sec.

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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<< Roland Barthes >>
Inspirations: 3 of 10 - Book. 1981. Camera Lucida, reflections on photogaphy. After years of cool (dispassionate?) analysis Barthes comes across a photograph of his mother as a child, the "winter garden photograph". He lets his feelings in and suddenly the ideas start bouncing off the page: "I had discovered this photograph by moving back through Time? I worked back through a life, not my own, but the life of someone I love. Starting from her latest image, taken the summer before her death (so tired, so noble, sitting in front of the door of our house, surrounded by my friends), I arrived, traversing three quarters of a century, at the image of a child: I stare intensely at the Sovereign Good of childhood, of the mother, of the mother-as-child. Of course I was then losing her twice over, in her final fatigue and in her first photograph, for me the last; but it was also at this moment that everything turned around and I discovered her as unto herself. "