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 news 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. This first part of our talk explores his start in photography, learning from David Hurn before the original Newport course started, and the ability to use a camera as a Passport into people's homes and lives.
Part 1 of 2. Listen to part 2

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:
Ffoton conversation with David Hurn: Our Conversation
Ian Berry: Our news piece on Ian's visit to Cardiff in 2016
"Photographers are Lemmings": Guardian interview
Dewi Lewis Publishing: Homer's unique book ONCE A YEAR: Some Traditional British Customs


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