Denis Thorpe was born in Mansfield in 1932 and joined his local weekly newspaper with the ambition to become a reporter. After National Service with the Royal Air Force (1950 – 1953) , he decided to pursue photo-journalism, inspired by Picture Post and the early Magnum photographers. Thorpe embarked on a journey of freelancing through London and the provinces, then working for morning and evening papers, eventually arriving at the Daily Mail in Manchester.
Denis became a Guardian staff photographer in 1974, covering assignments across the British Isles, and also travelling from Manchester to do special reports in Europe, the Middle East, China, India, the Soviet Union, the United States and Japan during a twenty two year career with the paper. Denis has many press awards for his picture essays and news photography. He has produced several books and exhibitions of his work. Denis Thorpe on Home Ground was shown at the Lowry in 2001, and he also curated A Long Exposure at the Lowry in 2008/9. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He has a Honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Manchester, and is a Life Member of the National Union of Journalists.
Throughout his long career Denis has always found time for personal projects – photographing people, atmospheric landscapes, and sometimes the surreal. It is from that work this collection was selected.