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Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps 149 Hereford & 134 Norwich

Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps 149 Hereford & 134 Norwich

photos: Kilpeck Church & Norwich Cathedral © Mick Sharp

covers: Crown copyright 2007 & 2009.


The Derby School of Photography 1973 - 1983

The Derby School of Photography 1973 - 1983

Poster and catalogue of exhibition celebrating work by former students on the Creative Photography course. Designed by Jayne Matthews.

photo: Llangelynnin Old Church © Mick Sharp.

After completing an apprenticeship in Industrial Photography, I joined the Trent/Derby Course to learn more about photography. I already knew a group of the students and had met some of the tutors including John Blakemore. I was greatly impressed by his work which has been a major influence on my own monochrome photography. The photographs and teaching of Thomas Joshua Cooper and Paul Hill also helped to knock me into shape, while the approach and publications of American photographers such as Minor White, Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams provided further inspiration, and a standard to aim for. I combined my technical training, existing personal approach to photography and love of ancient sites and landscapes with these additional creative influences to produce my own distinctive style.


This is Archaeology

This is Archaeology

One of a pair of publicity posters for the Council for British Archaeology www.britarch.ac.uk, the other featured Minninglow Hill.

Photo: Tarr Steps © Mick Sharp.

Council for British Archaeology 1995 Calendar

Published 1994 by the CBA to celebrate their 50th Anniversary: 13 photographs by Mick Sharp. I have had a long association with the CBA, supplying photographs for many of their publications, particularly under the directorship of Richard Morris.

photo: Dolbadarn Castle © Mick Sharp.


Churches in the Landscape, Richard Morris

Churches in the Landscape, Richard Morris

Published 1989 by J.M. Dent & Sons, ISBN 0-460-04509-1.

photo: St Martha on the Hill © Mick Sharp. I took 25 black & white ground level photographs of churches in their landscapes to go with the aerial views in this influential and well respected book “.....as portraits of churches they cannot be bettered.” Eric Christiansen, The Spectator 22 July 1989. It would be good to work on a new version of the book with colour photographs in addition to the black & whites.

I also contributed black & white photographs to John Betjeman’s Guide to English Parish Churches revised and updated by Nigel Kerr, published by HarperCollins, 1993, and to Discovering England’s Smallest Churches by John Kinross, published 2003 by Windrush Press and reprinted by The History Press.


Church Archaeology Research Directions for the Future, ed. by John Blair & Carol Pyrah

Church Archaeology Research Directions for the Future, ed. by John Blair & Carol Pyrah

Published 1996 by the Council for British Archaeology, CBA Research Report 104 ISBN 1-872414-68-0.

photo: Bonnington church © Mick Sharp.


Publicity leaflets for the CBA and SCA

Publicity leaflets for the CBA and SCA

Published by the Council for British Archaeology & the Society for Church Archaeology.

photos © Mick Sharp.


Upland archaeology: what future for the past?, Timothy Darvill

Upland archaeology: what future for the past?, Timothy Darvill

Published 1986 by the Council for British Archaeology, ISBN 0-906780-60-8.


Prehistoric Ritual and Religion, edited by Alex Gibson and Derek Simpson

Prehistoric Ritual and Religion, edited by Alex Gibson and Derek Simpson

Published 1998 by Sutton Publishing, ISBN 0-7509-1597-8, ISBN 0-7509-1598-6. Essays in honour of Aubrey Burl whose talent for quality research and writing, combining good sense, science and soul, has ensured that his influence extends far beyond the confines of archaeology.

photos: Ring of Brodgar © Jean Williamson, Achnabreck & Castlerigg © Mick Sharp.


Stones Circles of the British Isles, Aubrey Burl

Stones Circles of the British Isles, Aubrey Burl

Published 1979 by Yale University Press, ISBN0-300-02398-7. Designed by John Nicoll.

photo: Machrie Moor © Mick Sharp. I also supplied photographs for Aubrey’s Prehistoric Avebury, YUP, 1979; Prehistoric Stone Circles, Shire Publications, 1979 and Rites of the Gods, J.M. Dent & Sons, 1980. One of Jean’s photographs of Stonehenge was used on the cover of his Great Stone Circles: Fables, Fictions, Facts, YUP, 1999.


Prehistoric Anglesey (second edition), Frances Lynch

Prehistoric Anglesey (second edition), Frances Lynch

Published 1991 by the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, ISBN 0-9500199-7-6.

photo: Penrhos Feilw standing stones © Mick Sharp.

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