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Johannesburg 1963

I have been a photographer since leaving school, 5 days after my 18th birthday. I left South Africa aged 7; mum & dad had a few differences with the government. 

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 8 years - on J. Edgar in Los Angeles and Washington, and on Clint's 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, and on Clint's new movie, The 15:17 To Paris, in Atlanta, Venice and Paris. I am currently shooting in Jordan on A Private War, the story of journalist Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy.

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.