Interviewed by Richard West
Location: Artist's home, Newtownards, County Down
Date: March 2006

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Chapter 5:

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Chapter 5 Synopsis:

  • Always felt ill at ease in his job.
  • Big redundancy in 1971 provided a way out.
  • Bought a camera to take photographs of family, but before long his interest began to deepen.
  • The arrival of Creative Camera was a revelation.
  • Became disenchanted with camera club mentality.
  • Discovers Socialism - began to believe you could change the world by the things you did with your camera.
  • Read leftwing literature - Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
  • Heavily influenced by Louis Hynes' statement of objectives.
  • Became wary of 'pure documentary' and its potential for exploiting people.
  • Bought a copy of The World of Henri Cartier Bresson.
  • Also influenced by Andre Cortez and Robert Frank.
  • Tried to use photography as a way of understanding Northern Ireland's sectarian problems.
  • Views this process as ongoing and still incomplete.

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