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Digital Camera World|October 2021
Jon Devo reflects on capturing images that make an impact, now and in the future
Jon Devo

Do you ever think about how your images may be viewed in years to come? I’m not just speaking about the practicality of how they are viewed, but about the impression that your body of work leaves with its viewers. What do the images you capture say about the time you live in now? What do they say about your surroundings? What do they say about you?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of the most important British photographers of the 20th century – although you may not know his name. Charlie Phillips came to the UK from Jamaica in the late 1950s and took up photography as a hobby. The family settled in North Kensington; the plan was only to remain in the UK for five years. Inheriting a camera from his father’s friend, Charlie captured the new environment he found himself in, so he would be able to show friends and family back home what London life was like when he returned.

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