Inspiring exhibition by Artist Alan Hathaway at Platform A. Below are a selection of photographs from the shoot.
As part of the Hometown project I photographed artist William Tillyer in his studio. While we were talking William mentioned a photographer called Forrest Wompra who was a studio portrait photographer in Middlesbrough. He photographed William when he was a child and according to William, Wompra must have photographed hundreds if not thousands of portraits in his Middlesbrough based studio, before, during and after the 1940’s.
I had never heard of Wompra but will look further into his history. Who know’s were it might lead.
Still working on the Hometown project, finally got some spare time to devote to it over the next four months so expect more portrait’s soon.
Starting to go through my archive of negs and found this shot of Daliso Chaponda when he played the ARC in Stockton, quite a while back now. I borrowed him my watch for the show and forgot to get it off him, thankfully he passed it onto the promoter in Middlesbrough, promoter was elusive, never seen it again.
Lovely bloke though Daliso was.