14: Simon Murphy

In this episode, Simon Murphy shares his Photographic Memory: an image of The Beatles by Linda McCartney. Simon is a portrait photographer based in Scotland and seeing this photo as a young man when he worked as a postman, set him on the path to become a professional image maker. Simon is known for his arresting street portraits from travels to exotic locations around the world like Bangladesh, Rwanda and Cambodia. He has also photographed a number of familiar faces over his 20 year career including the Dalai Lama, Noel Gallagher and John Hurt. We discuss his working process, his latest project documenting the most ethnically diverse neighbourhood in Glasgow and finding career success during the pandemic.

Instagram: @smurphy77


2:30: Jonathan & Daniel, Les Garçons de Glasgow 2008

05:20: Simon’s photographic Memory: The Beatles at the Abbey Road Studios

The Beatles by Linda McCartney

The main image of The Beatles by Iain Macmillan. Photographed at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969.

13:54: Bobby Gillespie

16:28: Lennon & McCartney by David Bailey

18:30 Govanhill Project

21:09: Glasgow by Raymond Depardon, 1980

24:35: Zane with shotgun, part of the Govenhill Series

Boy in Govanhill

Gun 1 by William Klein, New York, 1955

38:00 Woman in Bar, Paris

38:53: Seamus, part of the ‘Artist’ Series

Photo of performance artist dress as rat, as part of the Govanhill Project

39:33: ‘Biba Behind Glass’ Hold Still Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery.

44:04: Image from the ‘Lost’ Negatives

Image of the lost negative

Further Reading

Street Level Exhibition 2021