Photography

Stathatos, John. (4 of 9). Oral History of British Photography

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:31:23

  • Shelf mark

    C459/168

  • Subjects

    Photography

  • Recording date

    2001-01-11

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, nr Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Stathatos, John, 1947-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4. Affection for the Middle East. Concentrated on third world issues, national liberation movements. In N Sahara with the Polisario. A sense of invulnerability when looking through rangefinder. Had been given a camera at about 12, developed a pedantic interest in classification and photographed every variant of wrought iron lamp standard. 1975 first professional assignment, took camera to support journalism, worked for Camera Press. Not particularly interested in photography or technique at that time but took some images he is still proud of. Went to Iraq with Kurdistan Democratic Front. Picked up a Sunday Times correspondent's story. Got an interview, an international scoop, with the leader of the Kurds. Covered stories in the Spanish Sahara, with the New Peoples Army in the Philippines and was able to get into Teheran because of his Greek passport - no-one could imagine a Greek war correspondent. Neither a career path nor profitable. Needed to be very fit, walking uphill for 17 hours with hill people who could walk in snow in flip flops. Started work using b&w, had to move to colour with syndication. Did this till the mid 1980s, shifted away from it for a number of reasons including that his interest moved on from war photography

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