Photograph of Esper, Camden Town, 2010. Credit: Steve Merrick.Born in Maidenhead, Mark Esper was educated in Oxford, where he attended both state and private schools. After leaving Oxford Polytechnic he attended the London Screenwriters’ Workshop, where he worked on several screenplays and studied film and narrative structure. He has been self-employed since 1995, first as an illustrator and graphic designer, then moving on to multi-media design, video editing and web site design.

His interest in extreme sports, and power-kiting in particular, led to his first assignment as a photojournalist, with an article in Powerkite magazine. Mark’s photos have since been used in Der SpiegelDie WeltThe Guardian, New StatesmanRolling Stone Magazine (Germany), Süddeutsche Zeitung, Hola, Heres, IlmessaggeroDie TageszeitungDe MorgenCappelen Damm Salg, Frankfurter RundschauBliss, Bluewin Swisscom and a variety of other London newspapers. He is a member of the British Association of Journalists.

For Mark, photography is an honest and immediate form of expression, dependent on performance skills that are applied in the moment. He sees documentary photography as a form of instant film-making, where a story is told in 250th of a second.

CONFLICTED: London’s Faces of Protest is his first book of photographs.

(Photograph of Mark Esper by Steve Merrick.)



Robin Bell is co-author of Finding Work After 40 published by Bloomsbury in 2011. He is also a consultant editor for creative projects and a member of the Society of Authors.

Until 2008, Robin was Managing Director of The Purple Guide, where he also acted as contributing editor and senior editor on a number of guidebook titles that were consistently well-reviewed by the mainstream press. The Sunday Times said the Italian series had ‘a winning formula’. The official travel guide for Rugby World Cup 2007 sold 18,000 copies in eight months.

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