Phil Loach (1949-2023), was born in Dudley and studied art and photography at Stourbridge College of Art and Leicester Polytechnic.

He became a press cameraman and worked for three newspaper groups, holding the post of chief photographer at two of them. During his 50-year career, he photographed a wide range of people and occasions in the West Midlands and beyond.

Most of these photographs are personal, a reaction and response to Phil’s surroundings, people and events, to fashion and social trends, to the everyday life of everyday people.

All images are copyrighted, and all prints offered for sale using long lasting pigment inks on archival paper.

An exhibition of Phil’s Black Country work runs at the RBSA Gallery, Birmingham from 13th to 24th February. And his work is now published at Cafe Royal Books.

Dot Byrne

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