Born in London’s East End to West Indian parents, Wayne’s creative talent was initially through his music as producer & performer in the 90s ”new Britt” Soul group Closer Than Close that was signed to Warner Bros. He subsequently became co-owner of Square Biz Productions & Treble Clef Records.
Wayne’s passion for street photography grew in the early days with a modest bridge camera. Capturing everyday life events as they happen, and at every opportunity, he is intrigued by the freedom photography brings as a creative outlet.
Wayne’s passion for photography has always’ come from people and history where his style of street photography takes inspiration from Black icons such as Gordon Parks, Moneta Sleet Jr, Charlie Phillips to Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark, Sabastiao Salgado and Fan Ho. His visual storytelling creative eye enables him to provide an honest, yet thought-provoking insight to the world’s dynamic surroundings and the complex struggles of daily life.
Wayne has been active with his camera for almost two decades and in that time line has received positive acclaim for his work. In 2017 Wayne’s work received accolade from the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, where he received ‘Commendation’ in the category ‘Street Photography’ for his image – ‘The Café’.
Building on this success Wayne subsequently went on to appear on Sky Arts, Master of Photography Season Three (2018) after being selected from over 20,000 photographers around Europe. He received third place having reached the final round after beating eight out of the ten contestants. The TV show, judged by leading photography and industry experts Oliviero Toscani , Mark Sealy MBE and Elisabeth Biondi of The New Yorker, aired across five European countries.
Images from recent projects can be found on his website.
Wayne has delivered a number of talks to photography societies, colleges as well as running his own Street/Documentary workshop. City Academy is thrilled to welcome Wayne to the team!