This small selection of images is but a small taste of a much larger digital colour investigation of my home town, that began in the spring of 2006. I've been adding to it ever since. My aspiration is to challenge the time-honoured view of this great city and its people.
John Benton-Harris was born in New York, where he started his professional career as an industrial photographer with the Sinclair Oil Corporation in 1961. He is also a graduate student of Alexey Brodovitch;s now legendary Design Laboratory. After military service Benton-Harris travelled in Europe and on his arrival in Britain he took up a staff position with London Life magazine. He then also embarked on a personal visual exploration of England and his passion for this subject never left him, so he simply stayed on.
In 1987 he was appointed adjunct Professor
of Photography at the
University of Michigan's School of Art and between 1985 and 1989 he co-curated three major photographic exhibitions for the Barbican Art Gallery. Today his seeing activity and approach has much expanded, but it remains primarily personal, and his imagery is both sought and housed in numerous national and international museums and private collections.