Born in 1946 in London, Peter had sold his first photograph atthe age of 15 (1961) to The Western Morning News, “Icicles on Jacob’s Ladder”for the 21st century equivalent of some £14. By the time he was 25,he had travelled extensively in S.E. Asia and worked for Bechtel as aphotographer on one of their most significant global projects in Australia.
He then drove to Africa from London, and after a spellworking for The Rhodesian Herald, moved to the Johannesburg Star which sent himon assignment to cover the bloody Angolan war in May 1975.
The following year, he freelanced for PhotographersInternational and was soon heading back to Rhodesia where the country was underthe leadership of Ian Smith and embroiled in a civil war with two factions - ZANUand ZAPU.
While out on patrol with the security forces, Peter took apicture of an armed black Rhodesian soldier advancing in front of his white fellow-soldier,the image suggesting this might represent the country’s future. In June 1976,Newsweek used the picture as their cover – Peter’s first. A career-booster, italso earned Peter deportation from the troubled country.
That same year, and still freelance, Peter arrived back inSouth Africa on the same day the Soweto riots broke out, led to assignmentsfrom AP, Newsweek and European publications. In 1977, his pictures of the badlybeaten body of Steve Biko in his coffin at the family home earned him another Newsweekcover, and considered by many to have marked the beginning of the end ofApartheid.
After a short contract with Newsweek, he then moved to TIME,the world’s largest news magazine, a contract that lasted over 13 years. Whilein Africa, he covered stories and photographed many of the leaders from Timbuktuto Cape Town.
In 1981, Peter moved back to London for TIME. During theIran/Iraq war, in 1982, he had an exclusive photo session with Saddam Hussein andon one occasion achieved a world exclusive on the frontline with the Iraqiarmy. The following year, while spending two months in Beirut he was among thefirst on the scene after the horrific bombing of the US Marine base on October23, picking up awards from Overseas Press Club of America and the New YorkGuild of Journalists.
Between 1984 and 1987, Peter travelled extensively with MargaretThatcher. His photograph of Thatcher in the Chieftain tank, headscarf on and gogglesdown is still widely used today.
In 1987, Peter was posted to Mexico covering the turbulenttimes in Central America where he won another award from World Press Photo inAmsterdam.
In 1988, he joined the British photo agency – NetworkPhotographers - and in 1989 he won Gold Medal at The International Photo Expoin Budapest.
The works shown here, represent a lifetime of achievement in news reporting. Many of the images come from a time when there were no mobile telephones, satellite uploads or digital anything. They show the broad range of our species frailities and egos, self-belief and doubt, and our capacity to love and hate and wound and save.
The prints we sell from here are limited in number and only produced to our own exceedinlgly high standards, using the best techniques, materials and craftspeople available.
Peter Jordan is represented by 20-20 Public Relations Ltd.