About Roger Morton   7 comments

Roger Morton photographed the London music scene of the late sixties and seventies. He was the photographer at the Roundhouse when it was a cornerstone of adventurous theatre and new music. It was a natural progression to become the photographer at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. At that time, under the guidance of Director Bill McAlister, the ICA led the way in the arts, including theatre, music, fine art and emerging video.  Roger also worked at the Riverside Studios, during Peter Gill’s stewardship. With a permanent pass to Dingwalls Dancehall, granted by the owners John Armit and Tony McIntosh, Roger photographed all the top bands there.  Roger was a regular contributor to Time Out magazine. Roger worked with  several theatre companies, The London Theatre Group (Steven Berkoff), Shared Experience (Mike Alfreds), Commonstock (Frank Whitten), and several others on occasion. Roger was Steven Berkoff’s theatre photographer for 14 years and photographed The Trial, Agamemnon, The Fall of the House of Ussher, Metamorphosis, East, Greek, Decadence, Hamlet and several of his one-man shows.  Roger later worked for BBC TV as a stills photographer covering a wide variety of programmes, mostly drama, both in the studios at the BBC Television Centre, White City and on location around the UK and Europe.  He later became a theatre director in New Zealand winning Best Director in 1997.

Exhibitions. Roger has had solo exhibitions at Le Galerie des Arts de Verteillac, Dieppe Scene National, The QI Club, Oxford, HMS President on the Thames, Victoria Embankment EC4 London, Proud Galleries, WC2, London press, Red Propeller Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon. Roger showed with Sir Peter Blake at the Royal Automobile Club, Piccadilly, London. More exhibitions have been at the Commonwealth Club and the Audio Lounge in London and three at Chateau Tinteillac in South West France.

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Posted 26/11/2014 by Roger Morton Photographer

7 responses to “About Roger Morton

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  1. He was the MAN to go to for the acute shoot @ any event, and a happy spirit with it.!!!

  2. Dear Mr Morton I am sorry to delay a reply how much would a Christopher lee photo cost i am looking for A4 size please reply by email mschumacher1956@gmail.com thank you.

  3. Hello Squire..Long time no see..Love to reconnect..email me if u concur. Ian Watkin.

  4. Dear Roger Morton, I am trying to obtain a print of a brilliant photograph you took, circa 1971 or 2 at the Roundhouse, a performance by Japanese Butoh dancer Mitsutaka Ishii. The photo shows me playing electric guitar with a dancer wearing silver fabric. It was published in Studio International, Nov/Dec 1976. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated, best wishes, David Toop.

  5. Yes David I will have that image. i have been away traveling so I apologise for the delay. I will have to scan the negs, which will take some time.

  6. Dear Mr. Morton,

    I am in my final year of studying Drama Performance at The Conservatory of Music and Drama in the Dublin Institute of Technology. I am great admirer of the work of Steven Berkoff and am currently writing my undergraduate thesis under the working title “Steven Berkoff; from page to stage”.

    I intend to cover in particular the intensity of the visceral nature of movement and text in his work as an actor and playwright, the influence and connection between Berkoff and Shakespeare, and the extent of his influence on British theatre. specifically in regards to two of his plays, ‘Metamorphosis ‘ and ‘Decadence’.

    The reason I am writing to you in this regard is in the hope that I may be able to use certain photographs of these Berkoff performances from the Methuen Drama publication of the book ‘The Theatre of Steven Berkoff’ in my thesis on Steven Berkoff. I was hoping to use your photographs of ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Decadence’ and ‘Hamlet’.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail, and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Eoin O’Flaherty

    Eoin O'Flaherty
  7. Dear David, I have looked and found 3 sheets of negs. I can’t see images of a guitar player. Sorry, but if more turn up I will contact you. Roger

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