It started one Sunday lunchtime in 1986 while flicking through The Sunday Times Magazine. Images of gold miners in Brazil which seemed to bypass whatever route "normal" photographs take, instead making their mark via the solar plexus. Those images were Sebastiao Salgado's now famous work from Serra Pelada gold mine in Brazil. Soon after I came across Richard Avendon's book In the American West. "Who were these people?", I thought to myself, "What is their world like?" Both experiences marked me in some way, and the knowledge that photography could do this somehow stayed within me.
It wasn't until 10 years later (1996) that I picked up a camera with any intent. Another 8 to start taking photography seriously. Another 5 to become half competent and gain my first clients.
For influence I look to the work of Simone Nieweg, Laurenz Berges, Axel Hutte, Andreas Gursky (the Dusseldorf School), Lewis Baltz, Henry Wessel, Jr., Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke (the New Topographics), Seamus Murphy, Mark Power, Paul Graham, Mitch Epstein, Joel Sternfeld, James Morris, Paul Seawright, and Donovan Wylie, among many others.
After relocating to the north-east of England in January 2019 current projects have me exploring the suburbs and "edgelands" of the north, mainly in the course of working on the project Money Can Buy a Belief System. The path is rich with learning.
Ed Killingback.
December 2019.
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