I was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1966 and grew up on the Greatfield Estate in the east of the city.
My career in journalism began in 1989 as a freelance features writer and then photographer. In the early years I wrote and photographed regularly for national newspapers, magazines and books including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, The Express on Sunday, CNN Traveler, BBC In Pictures, AA Publishing/Frommer’s, Geographical. Commissions and self-initiated assignments have taken me to 62 countries so far.
In 2007 I visited Freetown in Sierra Leone and returned several times. Since then I have devoted my documentary photographic practice to recording the personal narratives of women survivors of war, conflict and genocide, from the First and Second World Wars, the Holocaust, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Cambodia, Vietnam, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Israel and so on. Also in the US and the UK the women refugees of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Guatemala, Iraq, Syria. I aim to research, record and share the hidden or untold stories of women in the aftermath of war.
Work exhibited at: UN Headquarters New York; Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, USA; International Slavery Museum, Liverpool; University of Cambridge; Royal Commonwealth Club, London; Horniman Museum, London; The Senedd: Welsh National Assembly; Museum of Liverpool; York Army Museum. The installation TORN appeared at Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Received several Arts Council England awards and the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts award.
In 2012 awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Hull.
In 2012 became Honorary Research Fellow at The Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull.
In 2018 completed an MA Journalism by Research, School of Journalism, University of Lincoln.
In 2019 awarded a three-year Phd Studentship with NECAH (North of England Arts and Humanities Consortium) in Media Studies, University of Hull.
Two images are held in the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge.