Who was Jimmy Forsyth?Jimmy Forsyth was a photographer most well known for his photos of Tyneside in the 1950 to 70. Although he came from South Wales and worked as a fixer in Newcastle, he fell out of work when he lost sight in his right eye. That’s when he took up photography and made money by selling pictures of the people on his street. He’d get them to pose, take a picture on a cheap camera and then come back when the pictures were developed and sell them a copy. (Let’s be honest guys, this is a cool origin story. He lost an eye but went on to do a highly visual medium, he used photography to scrape by, he used a cheap junky camera!) After a while he moved on to trying to document his area and the changes it was undergoing. The turning point seems to be around 1981 when he was discovered in an exhibition in Newcastle’s side gallery. This lead to his book “Scotswood Road” being published in 1986 (the year of my birth) and further books later.
My Jimmy Forsyth Photo Pick
- Scotswood road series on Amber photos
- Scotswood road book [US link] [UK Link]
- The independent looking back on Jimmy Forsyth soon after his death.
- Out of One Eye: The Photography of Jimmy Forsyth [US Link] [UK link]