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This Friday evening, 31 October 2014, is the Preview of Virtuoso, an exhibition of photos of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC) by myself and Alex Brattell. It’s more a celebration than an exhibition, a celebration of Hastings’ new place on the map as a centre for musical excellence in the country. To read more about HIPCC, please have a look at Chris Cormack’s article on Hastings Online Times. If  you’re free Friday evening, please come to the Preview. And if […]

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Fishermen Photos on Black Huts

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As part of the ‘Food and Fisheries for Responsible Tourism’ conference in Hastings this past June, I created banners of the portraits I’ve shot of Hastings’ fishing families. The huge banner images now hang on the walls of the famous black huts along the Stade in Hastings Old Town.These photos are part of an on-going project started in 1992, to document the fishing families of Hastings.

Wembley to Soweto to Brazil

Teaching in favela Jardim Colombo, Sao PauloThe World Cup is almost over and once again England is home disappointedly early. But for me, the World Cup has been a huge success. I’ve just returned from running a three-week photography workshop in the favelas of Sao Paulo which I genuinely feel has made a difference to lives of eight young men and women. In 2010, actor/producer David Westhead and I created ‘Wembley to Soweto’ as a photography-based training course to be run […]

Hastings Piano Competition

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was a dream assignment, a week of photographing young pianists from all over the world playing the works of the great composers of classical music.

“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.

“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.