John Blakemore was born in Coventry. He discovered photography during National Service with the Royal Air Force in Tripoli in the 1950s and is self-taught. Wartime childhood experiences and Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man exhibition inspired him initially on his return home to photograph the people of Coventry and its post-war reconstruction as a freelance, working first for Black Star, and then in a variety of studios. He later became Emeritus Professor of Photography at the University of Derby, where he taught from 1970 to 2001, being influential on the younger generation.
Reknowned British landscape and still-life photographer John Blakemore has produced a breathtaking body of work and has influenced generations of photographers through his teaching and workshops. Here we present just a dozen from his Tulip series, plus a generous and articulate that ranges from technique to philosophy and more.