I have been a photographer for all of my working life having been originally inspired to take it up as a hobby in my teens by seeing my grandfather’s collection of sunlight-processed images taken in the 1920s.
In the 1970s a travelling exhibition in Cardiff of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson made me want to be a documentary photographer.
I completed a three-year course at Newport College of Art and then joined the South Wales Argus as a trainee press photographer. After six years there I broadened my horizons – travelling to the USA and Australia (where I worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian during my two years in Sydney).
On returning to England I again worked for newspapers in Kent, Hampshire and Derbyshire but the landscapes of Australia had inspired me to take my photography in a different direction. Increasingly my landscape photography became an antidote to the often routine newspaper work and when I worked for the Derby Evening Telegraph I couldn’t wait for the times when I made the short journey into the Peak District where I began to produce my best work. My wife is the writer Helen Werin and we started to freelance together producing travel articles for magazines and newspapers.
I am now semi-retired which means I choose to photograph only that which inspires me. I continue doing travel photography on trips with Helen for various publications and also work on my own personal projects.
Photography: South Wales in the 1970s by Robin Weaver. Article by Ben Woolhead in Wales Arts Review
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