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: 5 of 10 - Book. 1973. Tools for Conviviality: "Tools are intrinsic to social relationships", he writes. "An individual relates himself in action to his society through the use of tools that he actively masters, or by which he is passively acted upon. To the degree that he masters his tools he can invest the world with his meaning; to the degree that he is mastered by his tools, the shape of the tool determines his own self-image. Convivial tools are those which give each person who uses them the greatest opportunity to enrich the environment with the fruits of his or her vision."