Author Archives: johncole

“Generations, Hastings’ Fishing Families”

In 1992 I came down from London to document the Hastings fishing community. Four of those images now hang in the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and were published in the book Hastings Today. More images from this project will be exhibited in the Houses of Parliament, London, opening January 27th, 2014.

“Generations, Hastings’ Fishing Families” exhibition at the Houses of Parliament

Images from my “Generations, Hastings’ Fishing Families” project will be exhibited at the Houses of Parliament in London, opening January 27th, 2014.

‘Wembley to Soweto’

‘Wembley to Soweto’ has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever worked on. The aim of the project was – and still is – to teach disadvantaged young people how to feed their families with their cameras.

“Romanian Gypsies”

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John Cole featured in Pure Photography Book

I have been selected to be part of PURE Arts Group’s latest book, “What’s the Story – Artists Talking About Photography”.

“Community Health Care”

I have been a contributor to Science Photo Library for over ten years. My main focus has been on the human aspect of health care, rather than the high tech. I’ve recently spent time with Hastings Community Matron, Georgina Hibell. To watch her work with patients is a real revelation.

Exhibition at The Avocet Gallery, Rye Harbour

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The Avocet Gallery, Rye Harbour is having an exhibition of work by local photographers. One of my original fishermen photos is part of the exhibition and was featured in the local press. The exhibition runs from Saturday March 2 – March 24, 2013.


In March 2005 I was invited by the Department of International Development (DFID) to run a photography project on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

John Cole at the London College of Communication

Shortly after moving to the UK, I was asked by the late Fred Cook at the London College of Printing to join the newly created “Practices in Professional Photography”, a non-degree course for students who wanted to learn how to work as professionals.


When I first entered Gleason’s Gym in 1977 I thought I’d take a few quick shots for the portfolio and then move on. A few shots led to a five-year obsession that took me into some of the darkest corners of the Sweet Science