HOMER SYKES IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG
LONDON, JULY 2018

HOMER SYKES YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
LLUNDAIN, GORFFENNAF 2018

With a lifetime interest in photography, Homer Sykes made his professional start as a UK photojournalist in the 1970's.
But rather than be a Lemming chasing current new stories, Homer chose to leave photojournalism and document the traditional festivals, events and customs across England and the wider UK and continues to do so nearly 50 years on.

Photography... I don’t think I’m obsessed any more by it. I just do it because it’s a habit.
— Homer Sykes

Ffoton had the pleasure of talking with Homer about his long career, his unique and extensive photographic archive and the various methods he exploits to promote and publish his work. In this final part of our discussion we focus on Homer's book publishing, his love of working with Café Royal Books, his use of Social Media and the competitive nature of professional photojournalism.
Part 2 of 2. Listen to part 1


One of Homer's oldest and most well known series of photographs is the 'Biddy Boys' - an ancient festival celebrating the Celtic Saint Brigid in Killorglin, Co Kerry in Southern Ireland. A special book was published of the series and is still available (at time of writing) on Café Royal Books via the link at the bottom of this page.


See below for a small selection of Homer's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

 

View more of Homer's work on his extensive archive website homersykes.photoshelter.com
Follow him on Twitter @HomerSykes and on Instagram @homer.sykes

Gallery and banner images © Homer Sykes
Homepage portrait of Homer © Emma Drabble
Images used with permission of the photographers.

Further reading from this conversation:
"Photographers are Lemmings": Guardian interview
Dewi Lewis Publishing: Homer's unique book ONCE A YEAR: Some Traditional British Customs
Café Royal Books: www.caferoyalbooks.com
Ffoton conversation with David Hurn: Our Conversation
Ian Berry: Our news piece on Ian's visit to Cardiff in 2016


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