Jeff Pitcher started taking photographs in the mid 1990s in order to document the lives of his five children. He honed his technique using film and making prints in his bathroom, and then turned his lens on his hometown of Crawley, shooting the streets, buildings and people with an affectionate, knowing, irreverent eye.
His pictures have appeared in The Guardian, The Green Parent, MU Magazine, Practical Photography, Amateur Photographer, Black And White Photography and Bitch Magazine. They’ve also graced the sleeves of dozens of record sleeves and are on permanent display in Crawley Museum, as are his videos, A New Town Learning and A New Town Grown Up.
He has held two major commissioned exhibitions in Crawley; Then Again, where he combined historic photos with those from the present day and Play which featured pictures of the chaos and fun at adventure playgrounds in the town. His exhibition of live music photographs, We Come From Garageland was held in Hastings in 2016.
He draws on his years in cult band Spitfire to inform his in-the-thick-of-it documentation of the UK garage punk scene while his reportage photography of radical demonstrations and occupations is powered by his immersion in political movements. His images appear in the best-selling guide to the capital’s green spots, Rural London, in family activity book On A Starry Night and in Stephen Ellcock and Mat Osman’s England On Fire. He is a live photographer for Shindig! magazine.
Jeff’s work is available to license, and he accepts commissions.