Every Picture Tells
By Roger Bamber
2 May - 14 June
A new exhibition of work from a career that spans the golden age of photojournalism. Each of Roger’s pictures really does tell a story.
2015 marks Roger Bamber’s 50th year as a photojournalist. He landed his first Fleet Street job on the day he arrived in London with his student portfolio in 1965. In those days the Daily Mail was a broadsheet and they signed him up to cover news and features. He was 20 years old.
Four years later in 1969 he was poached to join the launch team of Rupert Murdoch’s new idea – the tabloid Sun newspaper. He stayed for 19 years, covering war, rock and pop, hard news and features all over the world.
The tabloid formula became too constricting. In 1988 he left to go freelance and worked for The Independent, The Observer, and a host of magazines. But most importantly he became a regular contributor to The Guardian which showcased his work so regularly that he was made an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Brighton “for his distinguished photo-journalism and the wealth of images of Brighton inspired by the town.”
His work has brought him a clutch of accolades, including twice Photographer Of The Year (once for a Sun portfolio and once for a set of Guardian pictures – a double never repeated so far….) twice News Photographer of the Year and he has forgotten how many times Features and Arts Photographer of the Year but he knows it is over 11.
The unifying element in all his work is his distinctive graphic style, wry humour and boundless originality, all of which worked across the broad range of publications he filled with punchy pictures which made people look twice.
Another constant is his base here by the sea. Roger adopted Brighton as his home town of Brighton in 1973. He lives a few hundred yards from this gallery and uses the beach regularly as his outdoor studio. The town has provided the inspiration for many of his favourite images.