Old Bedalian 1983

What is your current role?

I am a photographer

In what way did your time at Bedales influence your education and career progression?

Bedales was an amazing experience for me. It taught me independence, it taught me to want to learn and it gave me a fantastic base and grounding which, to this day I cherish. Testimony of this is that I still have many very close friends who I met at Bedales. There is an awareness and a way of looking at the world which is somehow uniquely Bedalian and terribly special.

What is your fondest memory of Bedales?

I was very naughty as a child which got me into terrible trouble but I suppose was fantastic fun at the time…fondest memory…there are many...the smell of the art rooms and the light in the library. Sitting up in the lighting tower in the Lupton hall during plays...riding my horse up Stoner… doing outdoor work early on freezing mornings... the Le Mans...trying not to get caught doing things…

What is your favourite pastime?

My children

What is your proudest achievement?

In 1997 the Sunday Times magazing sent me to Afghanistan to do a story about what life was like for women under the Taliban. No one knew so much about what was happening there then and I went with no idea of what to expect. I didn’t even realise that photography was illegal. We managed to produce a story which I felt did justice to what was happening to those women who had no access to work, education, healthcare, women who were struggling to survive. Four years later, straight after 9/11, I returned to Afghanistan to find the same women for a book. I guess this project was one of the greatest achievements of my life and one I have become known for.

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