On July 8th I travelled to Oxford to meet Paddy Summerfield in the house he has lived in since he was 18 months old and, more particularly, the house that served as backdrop to his 2014 masterpiece ‘Mother and Father’ (published by Dewi Lewis).
Paddy and his partner Patricia Baker-Cassidy live in a Edwardian villa in Oxford’s Summertown where they work together to bring a lifetime’s photography to the surface.
This year Dewi Lewis has published another collection of Paddy’s work, ‘The Oxford Pictures 1968-1978’ which are a languorous and sexually charged examination of loneliness and self discovery. Paddy has always shot on 35mm and the images in this book are exquisitely reproduced from scans and printed at the legendary EBS printers in Italy which were also the printers of my book, ‘Want More’ in 2015.
This conversation is easily the longest I have published but it is necessarily so because Paddy is engaging on the subject of photography and candid when he talks about life in general. He is a true photographer in that his life is defined by the images he makes. His energy and ambition to keep publishing his extensive work comes from a desire to represent his world and not, as is often the case, from the ego.
Please take time to listen to the piece; listen to it win tranches if necessary, as it really is worth the effort.
Alex Schneideman July 2016
All images © Alex Schneideman, 2016