John Blakemore was born in Coventry, England in 1936. In the 1950s he managed to travel to Libya with the Royal Air Force whilst doing his National Service, and it was during this period of time that he discovered photography.
Further inspiration for Blakemore came from Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man an art exhibition consisting of 503 photographs by 273 artists from 68 countries around the world it was created by Edward Steichen’s for the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) it consists of images from photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and it was first shown in 1955.
The exhibition itself has been seen by over 10 million visitors and entered the history book of photography as a legendary exhibition.
Blakemore also gained further inspiration from his childhood experiences during the second World War.
Following his return to England from his National Service, he began to photograph the people of Coventry and the city’s reconstruction after the war.