Collection of the week: Tony Boxall

Collection of the week: Tony Boxall

Tony Boxall's many award-winning pictures have made him one of the highest ranked amateur photographers in the world. Born in 1929, Tony spent twenty years as a bookmaker during which time a customer offered him a 6x6 Zeiss Ikon Nettar camera in order to settle betting debts. Taught to how to use the camera and darkroom by a neighbour, he joined Horley Camera Club and took every opportunity to perfect his technique. With a natural flair for photography, Tony was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and over the years won over four hundred prizes for his work.

A highlight of his eclectic archive is his sensitive portrayal of gypsy families in the Kent and Surrey countryside around where he lived. A chance encounter with a Romany gypsy and his horse and cart in 1964 was to ignite his interest in a lifestyle that was intriguingly different to his own. When he asked if might take more pictures, he was told gruffly, 'Give me a fag and if the dogs don't bite, go ahead'. His resulting pictures, taken over a four year period, capture a way of life on the verge of extinction and became the subject of a book and travelling RPS exhibition in 1990.

Elsewhere, Tony's photography takes in in all human life (not to mention some animals); a heart-warming and life-affirming body of work from an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. Click here to see more.

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