Speakers' Corne - "Sir" Robert Matthews
I was intrigued by your gallery, but disappointed that I couldn't find an image of self-styled "Sir" Robert Matthews, who I saw many times in the early seventies. He was a black guy from the Carribean in his seventies then I guess - always sported a 10-gallon hat and appeared to lave lost his fingers due to leprosy.
He ranted and raved very seriously, practically frothing at the mouth about how he had come to Britain and helped Churchill to "kick Hitler's ass out of England"
SPEAKERS CORNER ARCHIVES
Dear Alan !! Hope this message will find you well ??
My name is Salim I'm a street photographer who has been documenting Speakers Corner for last 5 years ,,,, a year ago I wanted to organise a photo exhibition about the Greatest photographs of SC for the last 3 decades ,,, had a look online and your name came up on many occasions ,,,,since then " unfortunately" I wasn't able to fulfil and complete that project due to the many Bureaucratic procedures around here in London ,,,any way few months ago I've met a group of people from the Bishops Gate institute who were lucky enough to get fundings from the english heritage Lottery fund to start an oral history project which will in fact consist of An archive dedicated to Speakers’ Corner at Bishopsgate Institute in London ,,, we already had few meetings at the institute with the most popular Speakers ,hecklers and normal visitors like me ,,,, hmmm I thought to my self as photographer who admire your work may be you can get in touch in with the girls in charge of the project so you can share your experiences and memories about corner with all of us ?? feel free to have a look on their website http://on-the-record.org.uk/
and you can check their SC project ,,
thanks so much for your time and hope we hear from you soon ,,,
Our next meeting will be on the 18/12 at the bishops gate institute if you are free you are more than welcome to join us !!
Hi just to say how fantastick the photo is of the cycle sculpture in molsey I designed and made it ! My mate who worked with me spotted it and we're both very impressed , Graham Hart
Wonderful photos on here Alan. Keep up the good work.
Even though I had seen some of the photographs in 'Outside the box,' I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many.
I realise I still have a lot to learn!
Wonderful pictures of the streets that have relaxed me tonight after spending all day upon them ,what I call pleasure and pain thank you.
I like you work ! And...
I regularly trawl the web to find photographers who's work touches me and I came across your site. I've decided to create a page on my site to encourage others to discover and enjoy or be challenged by other photographers work just like I am. I would like your permission to add a link to your site on mine just for the pleasure of sharing with others work that I like and I ask for absolutely nothing in return. If you wish you can even send me a text and a photo that I can place along with your link.
The bread and butter of my photography is wedding photography . Truly it is more personal work that attracts me . I would be delighted to encourage others to visit your site.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
thanks for your inspiring talk
Dear Alan Many thanks for coming to The Cheam CC last Wednesday. Your beautifully illustrated talk was an inspiration to me and many others. I have ordered a copy of your Speakers Corner book for myself and plan to do some of my own. I like your website as well! Sending you my very best wishes. Michael Nightingale - Chairman of trhe CCC
Just a quick mail to say your speech tonight at Cheam Camera Club was brilliant, I have seen a whole new light in black and white photography, and went straight home to look at images that I have taken to start working on b&w versions of them.
once again thank you
All the best
VC Lachhiman photo
My name is Sacha Previn Kumar and I am a student at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am currently doing a Masters Degree in Documentary Filmmaking and at present I am making a documentary about the Gurkhas and especially VC Lachhiman.
My Grandfather, Grand-Uncle & both my paternal Uncles served in Gurkha regiments in Britain and I have always had a profound respect and admiration for the Gurkhas.
I am very fortunate to have had the privilege of meeting VC Lachhiman and a huge portion of my documentary is about him. I attended his funeral last year & I've managed to interview many Gurkhas about him and his fascinating exploits during WWII.
Unfortunately the one thing I'm lacking is a good photograph of him.
I saw your wonderfully amazing photograph of him on this website: (http://www.flickriver.com/photos/cronjie/3494708180/) & I was wondering if you would be so kind as to allow me to use it in my student documentary please. I promise not to use the film for commercial purposes. Of course in the credits of my documentary I will acknowledge that the photograph was by you and I will also send you a copy of the film.
My student film is a non-profit film & will not be used for commercial purposes.
I would be extremely grateful if you could give me permission to use this superb photograph please.
Thank you very much & I really hope to hear from you soon.
Sacha P. Kumar
I am Program Secretary for the Hampton Hill Photographic Society, based in Hampton Hill Middlesex
I am looking for future speakers who would be interested in coming to talk to us on all aspects of photography and I came upon your website whilst browsing the internet.
I would be very interested in booking you for a future presentation to us if possible as I think your experience and background would be of great interest to our members
Hi Alan, Glad to see you're still taking excellent photos and getting better all the time.
I think your pictures are artistically and socially impressive, and I applaud your attention to protest movements. But I'm puzzled by your comments about protest being threatened by the Establishment because of political correctness. Surely, the cliche "political correctness" is used by the Establishment and the gutter press as a weapon to demean many protest movements, such as anti-racism and feminism.
Talks/Lectures to Camera clubs
You produce Excellent Images.
I found this site while looking for information and looking for inspiration. Am I glad I stumbled across your site. Love the way you capture the emotions in you portraits, there are some really stunning pictures here. I also brought the book on Speakers Corner, well worth it.
I am just about to start a project on Speaker's corner, and looking at your pictures has really helped me.
My personal "review"
I just made a small "review" (a personal impression to tell the truth since I bet I'm not good enough to review anyone) of your works on my personal (no profit) blog, in which I linked a few example of your pictures (each one of them is reporting your copyright and the direct link to your gallery of course) within a brief description of your career and known life. If you'd like to see it I would really appreciate you to correct me if any wrong information is in the post (there's actually a translation function from italian, but it is just google translate so it may reports an english poorer than mine). If, for any reason, you want me to erase your images you will only need tell me through a reply and I will delete them at once: I will continue to love your portraits anyway!
Begging your pardon for my scholastic english I remain with best regards.
Got it for Christmas, and thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing to see pictures on the screen, another to see them in print - adds a whole new side to them. Well worth the read for any one thinking about getting a book...
I still visit your clickpic site, and still find your images fascinating and full of life. The one thing a still image should do is give the sense of movement in telling its story. Yours do that very well. I keep meaning to put my stuff up on a clicpic site, but still haven't got round to it.
RPS Portfolio 2
November 2010Finally received my copy (moving house made it a bit of a trawl). Shame you only had the 1 pic - but then there's always next year!
My lucky day
Hi Alan. Stopped to chat with you at Speakers Corner today. What a fortunate moment for me.Great to see your work via your book and now have had an opportunity to check out the images on Flickr.I would really appreciate the opportunity to keep in touch with you as i dust off the cobwebs and find time to persue my love of photography. There is much i can learn from you. Some of my images live on Flickr as well under the name of The Peddler. Hope we can speak soon. Mike
Kingston Camera Club
You have kindly agreed to talk at our club next February 2011 (7th), entitled People and Streets. Love your pictures and your talk will be worth waiting for. Thanks, and hear from you soon.
Blast from the past
Great to see you are still alive and clicking! I was only thinking about you the other day and then up you popped in 'The Green' today.
There are some great images on here - I never knew your hidden talent during your days with the French...
Stunning work Alan,
I particularly love the photograph entitled "London Streets"
Well done on your new book. Looks great. When are you going to come and do a series on our native brothers here on Vancouver Island?
Thanks for the inspiration.
The upgraded site certainly makes it easier to navigate all the great images you have there. It's always a joy and an inspiration to peruse and learn from them. Regards, Tina.
Nice site Alan - some really great photo's.
Sorry, took me a while to visit Alan.
the update is terrific, nice and clear, easy to navigate..and thoughtfully put together. a job well done.
Of course, then there's the content.
a real feast for the eyes and the mind that words cannot do justice to.
Congratulations and keep up the great work.
Havildar Lachhiman Gurung VC
Fabulous image, I would like to use it in a free Remembrance Day project for Ontario, Canada teachers.
Have just had a brief whizz through the site and I am well impressed...the Speakers' Corner set has 'serious legs' and I like the way you have tightly cropped the heads, this is certainly one time eye contact is important, to bring out the eccentricity. These people are on the edge, when they get to the point of having to stand up on the soap box to make themselves heard, I think sometimes I am close to that point...anyway bravo! and I hope you are going to extend this powerful piece....best regards ..Paul.
Paul Anthony Wilson
Some striking images to be found here, Abers. Nice layout & presentation.
"If only I could paint a picture or write a poem as brilliantly as you take a
A real treat to visit again Alan, your work is outstanding and will grace galleries and publications for many years to come. Always a pleasure to see such work.
Web Site Update
I think your site is simply wonderful as usual
Alan, It is always a pleasure to come back again and again to view your wonderful collection of images of street life and 'speaker's corner' especially. The revamp of the site is fresh and the new images are as thought provoking and inspirational as ever. Keep up the good work. regards, John
Superbe,oui le NB n'est pas mort,merci.
Love them as each one seems to capture the character of the person, love in particular 'Jack next door' seems a lovely man.
Congratulations Alan, on a really great book of stunning images....worth every penny and a joy to look at for years to come. I know you have loads more great images, so let us know when the next one hits the press.
Alan thank you very much for the advice to see the James Ravillious exhibition I really did wonder at such a fantastic collection of pics dare I say Speakers Corner is your slice of Devon
Hi Alan, you gave me your web address when you came into my shop (The Attic) on weds 25th Feb and saw some of my work. Congrats on yours, I really enjoyed them, it was a real contrast to my work and I can see how much time you have spent catching those moments. Thank you, Martin Wase. www.theatticphotographic.co.uk
Potential Lecture - Bracknell Camera Club
I am currently the programme secretary of Bracknell Camera Club and always on the look out for lecturers to our club. I have just come across your wonderful web site and stunning images and wondered if you would consider coming to Bracknell to give us a lecture. I'd therefore be grateful if you could contact me.
Jack next door
Thank you Alan for capturing Dad perfectly! He loved the photo and proudly displayed it. We all, especially immediate family, will treasure this image that summed him up so well.
TALK TO OUR CAMERA CLUB
Alan - wow, what an evening. Your black and white images projected full screen were eye catching and powerful.
Your presentation had humour, warmth and a strong sense of understanding the characters you photograph.
Thank you for a fabulous evening.
Alan I keep looking at your pics. I think they are wonderful. I realise when I see them I am just an inventor but would be absolutely thrilled if you would accept a link to my site www.harrycundell.com
See you soon I hope . Hope you are well and clicking
I've been a member (Arena) for a couple of years and I have heard your name mentioned on various occasions. It's nice to find your site and finally catch up with your wonderful images
I dont know you, but was very impressed with you web site and the article in the RPS journal. A number of years ago I used to do enviromental portraiture, mainly in black and white, but for the last 10years have mainly done Natural History. However, seeing your work has made me realise what I have been missing, and you have wHet my apetite to start doing portraiture again. I would love to go to one of your talks, and I see you are doing one at Midhurst Camera Club. Living in Colchester in Essex, its abit of a journey, so I was wondering if you have any plans to do any lectures in any of the clubs north of the river ? If so, I would love to come along and see your prints.
Regards Roger Hance. FRPS
Stunning site Alan. The content is amazing and unique.
Tony aka Alf
I am hoping to attend your presentation at the Midhurst Camera Club on December 3rd. See you then
I enjoyed seeing you today and seeing your images in print, great B&W images.
Came across you on the DCM forums. Your comments and feed back have always been positive. Checked out this
site from flickr. I'm going to the exhibition on Saturday. (18th) Great shots. I'm just getting into B&W and finding yours insprirational.
Photo Exhibition Invite
I would like to invite you to exhibit some of your photographs for free on our new photographers gallery. Entry into the gallery is by invitation only, to ensure only the best photographers are represented.
Absolutely brilliant stuff from speakers corner! Such diverse amount of people in one area.
Morning Alan...just had another thoroughly enjoyable stroll around Abercrombieland.
Great stuff mate.
How about a landscape / seaside gallery?
Chris Patterson / shelfy
A Different Class
I've really enjoyed spending time looking through your website Alan, you have a unique talent for capturing the real 'character' in your subjects, your portfolio is truly outstanding and rightly serves as an inspiration to others. Kind Regards, Paul
It's great to see your work again! Lovely to know you are 'back'!
30 JUNE 2008
I followed your link from DCM and your shots here are truly stunning. I love doing portrait work and seeing your work has inspired me even more. I am relatively new to photography and do all my work unpaid at the moment just to get the experience. Thank you for letting me see what REAL photography is about, catching the person not just the scene. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
30 JUNE 2008
Images and a study of people second to non Alan. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your gallery and shall most definitely be revisiting it again in the not too distant future.
Well done and regards.
YOUR WEB SITE
Congratulations Alan for having realized such a beautiful work. Your great portraits are inspirational to all the photographers, you have the gift to capture and show the emotions of people in your unique and marvellous way?.A great gallery which cannot be forgotten.
All the best.
Bruno Maria Miotti
I realised this morning that I hadn't taken the time to let you know how much I enjoy looking at your photography... It really is outstanding and quite difficult to emulate!
Your photography Alan is a joy to look at. You capture the expressions of ordinary people with both feeling and emotion. I wish you ever success with the web site. Regards, Graham Cormie
This is a great site my friend with great photos.
A brilliant site of a brilliant man and his photographic passion. I have not seen it all yet but will return tomorrow.
Superb Work Alan - a fantastic portfolio of portraits - the best I've seen. Keep up the good work, always a pleasure to see your work.
Hello Mr Abers,your Gallery is original,very well crafted and unforgettable,great work,very very well done to you.
I have been paging through your website - unbelieveble speaking portraits!
Thank you for sharing these beauties!
Wonderful portraiture. Absolutely.
your ability to capture the character within people is amazing.
I've seen your work before, its nothing short of inspirational. This site is a pleasure to wander through.
Keep up the good work.
Chris Patterson / shelfy
I think your black and white images are super, well done!
Love your images in your Galleries
Black and White Images
Just been looking through your gallery , having seen your numerous posts on DCMag site and they are , as always, superb. Love the idea of the speakers corner shots and your conversions to black and white are superb.
Faces Lifes Characters
On seeing your portfolio in January Digital Camera I have been so inspired by your work,I have chosen you as my photographer to emulate in my GCSE photography portraits of people. Thank you
A truly excellent collection of work.
Rachael D'Cruze - Digital Camera magazine
Came accross your work in the Digital Photograper magazine galleries and then a little latter found you were also posting on the Digital Camera readers galleries as well.
You have an amazing collection of portraits on your website and the B&W treatment suits them very well. Keep up this great work, truly inspirational.
Best wishes, John
Some fabulous characters cpatured very cleverly. Did you have to get permission from everyone? Do you ever use colour? I think B & W is very effective, and of course when printed tends to "fix" permanently.
18TH FEBRUARY 2008
Julie suggested I look at your site, she is very proud of you. This is a great site, the photo's are really interesting, you have a great talent.
16th. February 2008
Abers, you are an inspiration, your work is outstanding and gives me something to aspire to.
14th February 2008
Seen your images and love them.
Don't know where you live or much else about you but all things considered - We are based in Midhurst West Sussex. If that is near enough to you - would you consider doing a talk to our camera club members?
I look forward to hearing from you.
11th February 2008
Lovely Gallery Alan very nice to see all your stuff in slideshow format its one of the nicest collections of mono work I've seen so far!
Loved the photos
2nd February 2008
Great facial expressions - I could almost hear them speaking...
31st January 2008
This is a remarkable collection.
29th January 2008.
What an absolutely amazing website. What fabulous characters you have captured. Will be sure to visit again just to see what else you come up with. Very very good.
21st January 2008
A superb site Alan, your quality mono portraiture/street photography is really inspirational, kind regards.
20th. January 2008
Alan, a wonderful collection of mono images. It's a joy to view such masterful use of light and how you've managed to capture these characters and their expressions. Cheers, Colin.
20th. January 2008
You have impressed the family,top class.
18th JANUARY 2008
Hi Alan I thought your photos of the characters at Speakers Corner were awesome and I look forward to being a regular visitor to your website.
18th JANUARY 2008.
Pictures are terrific. We love all of them.
John and Renata Kendall
17th January 2008.
No wonder Digital Camera Magazine were astute enough to feature your Portfolio as a Portfolio of the month. Your Mono Portraits, the majority all taken in their natural environment are simply stunning.
A fantastic website of the highest quality, keep it up Alan
15th January 2008
Very nice Alan.
14th January 2008.
13th January 2008.
Fantastic, absolutely fantastic
11th January 2008
Great galleries, your people pictures are 'Top Drawer'
Phil Drake FRPS
5th January 2008
Great gallery, Alan.
5th January 2008
Brilliant website, pictures are superb, well done!
5th January 2008.