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At the age of 24 Chris Steele-Perkins moved to London to become a full-time photographer, with particular interest in urban issues, including poverty.

He went to Bangladesh in 1973 to take photographs for relief organizations; some of this work was exhibited in 1974 at the Camerawork Gallery (London). In 1973Ð74 he taught photography at the Stanhope Institute and the North East London Polytechnic. He became an associate of the French agency Viva in 1976, and three years after this, he published his first book, The Teds, an examination of teddy boys that is now considered a classic of documentary and even fashion photography.

He photographed wars and disasters in the third world, leaving Viva in 1979 to join Magnum Photos as a nominee (on encouragement by Josef Koudelka), and becoming an associate member in 1981 and a full member in 1983. Chris made four trips to Afghanistan in the 1990s, sometimes staying with the Taliban, the majority of whom “were just ordinary guys” who treated him courteously. He has also done numerous photographic projects in the UK.

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