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Jul 19, 2012
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Hackney Wick: An artistic Olympic community

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By Paul Hackett

I first became aware of Hackney Wick over the last year or so and went once or twice for lunch. Last year I went to the Hackney Wicked arts festival held there and was struck by how raw the place felt – none of the normal sensibilities of any London arts event I had been to. The event had an energy to it which for some of the time didn’t feel entirely comfortable.

I went for a wander last weekend to have a look at the place and take some pictures – I was interested in this enclave of artists nestling so close to the massive modern structure of the Olympic park.

Nov 9, 2011
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Occupying Starbucks

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By Paul Hackett

I left the Occupy protest camp at St Paul’s cathedral in London to go to Starbucks to file the pictures that I had taken. As I walked through the door I saw this man sitting there; of course it made me smile. I took a few images of him and then a member of staff put their hand over my lens. I knew that I had something, so it was fine. I sat close to him, got his name (Adam Murray) and sent the picture in. It was with the office a few minutes after I took it – I wish they were all that easy!

Jan 1, 2011

Rioting prisoners set fire to British jail

ARUNDEL, England (Reuters) – Rioting prisoners torched buildings at a low-security British jail on Saturday, an incident the prison guards’ union said highlighted the risks of government plans to slash spending on the justice system.

About 40 prisoners took part in rioting at Ford prison near Arundel, southern England, that began around midnight (7 p.m. EST) on New Year’s Eve, the Prison Service said.

Dec 3, 2010
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Capturing the covert nature of WikiLeaks

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I had an assignment at the Frontline club in Paddington to photograph WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson speaking during a debate at the club. I was fortunate enough to be quite early for the assignment and within minutes Kristinn had arrived and was being interviewed ahead of the main debate. There were no other stills photographers there at that time.

I approached it in the usual way and made sure I had a couple of clear head shots of him talking. I walked around the scene a few times and noticed that I could see Kristinn through the reporters spectacles. I was shooting with available light which was the light from the TV camera set up. I was shooting wide open as that was really all the light that was available to me. I didn’t want to use flash because it would have killed the feel of the picture.