While working as a projectionist in a porn cinema in the eighties, Bob Mazzer began photographing on the tube during his daily commute, creating irresistibly joyous pictures alive with humour and humanity. “Every day, I travelled to Kings Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt the tube was mine and I was there to take pictures.”
“In all my time taking pictures on the tube, only one person ever objected, ” revealed photographer Bob Mazzer, “and that was a guy with a huge teddy bear on his lap, which was a pity because it would have been a great picture.”
“I think if you love people, they respond to that and find it perfectly natural to be photographed,” he told Spitalfields Life.” I feel compelled to take photographs on the tube now, and I can’t travel without a camera because I can’t bear the thought I might miss something.”
Bob's photographs which caused an internet sensation on Spitalfields Life last year are to be published in print for the very first time in a handsome full colour two hundred page hardback.
(Photos © Bob Mazzer, courtesy of Spitalfields Life)