My first photography commission was at London's Rainbow Theatre, 9th May 1977; on stage were a band led by this man - Joe Strummer
In '94 I spent a month as Nelson Mandela's photographer in the weeks leading up to his election as President. I photographed him again in 2005; he told me the greatest moment of his life was meeting the Spice Girls. I was one of a small group of photographers in Mogadishu, Somalia, when an American military operation went madly wrong; Ridley Scott's film Blackhawk Down is based on the events of those crazed 48 hours.
In 2008 I was the photographer on the film Anthony Minghella directed shortly before his death, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Anthony was the intersection of greatness and kindness. I have been fortunate; I met Clint Eastwood in South Africa and was hired to work on Invictus with Morgan Freeman & Matt Damon. I have since worked with Clint for 7 years - on J. Edgar in Los Angeles and Washington, and on Clints last acting role in Rob Lorenz's Trouble With The Curve in Atlanta. I worked on two Clint movies in 2014, Jersey Boys in L.A. and American Sniper in Morocco and L.A. In-between Jersey Boys and Sniper, I shot in Cape Town on Eye In The Sky with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul and in New York, Atlanta and L.A. on Clint's new film, Sully. I recently completed work on Mute in Berlin.
Between jobs I am attempting a brick-at-a-time restoration of a house in Italy.
The roulette wheel has spun many awards my way; Nikon Press Photographer of the Year twice in successive years, 3 World Press awards, bits of paper from the Association of Photographers, and numerous plaques and pieces of cut glass. My work regularly appears in many internationally known magazines, and I'm a member of the ICG Local 600 film union.
Now here's the thing. As soon as I was old enough to know what a job was - around the age of 12 or 13 - I wanted to be a photographer.
Nothing has changed in the 45 years since.