These days, well-known photographers ooze celebrity as much the stars they photograph. Richard Avedon, David La Chapelle, Cindy Sherman and Annie Leibovitz all contribute to...

These days, well-known photographers ooze celebrity as much the stars they photograph. Richard Avedon, David La Chapelle, Cindy Sherman and Annie Leibovitz all contribute to the birth of photographers gaining their own celebrity status. However, some photographers chose not to follow this path, UK-based Mark C. O’Flaherty is one of them. Michelle Morton-Banks trundles to a drab pub in Islington to meet him – a location that is quite the opposite of his polished approach to photography…

As I walk up the grimy escalators of Angel’s tube station, I wonder what kind of person I’m about to meet – photographers are like chefs, precious of their creations and often grumpy, especially the ones that had to deal with celebrities such as Yoko Ono, Kim Katrall and the Bravery (to name a few) – working with pre-Madonnas must have a knock on effect. Today, I do not have the inclination to probe for hidden data or pacify a moody artist. Leaving the tube the skies are dull and dreary and reflect my own mind-set. As I enter the pub the stench of stale beer and fags greets me, my eyes roll backwards.

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