Mike Berry

Tom Leyshon Watching the News, 1985 © Mike Berry
Tom Leyshon Watching the News, 1985 © Mike Berry

Born in Surrey, the son of a civil servant, Mike Berry was educated in London and then a Quaker school in Washington, DC, where his father was posted. He left Georgetown University after a year to return to Britain. After a brief stint in the Parachute Regiment, Berry studied ceramic technology at North Staffordshire Polytechnic (now Staffordshire University), and worked as a manager in the brick industry. Entirely self-taught, he won a medal at the 1971 London Salon of Photography, and two of his prints were featured in the prestigious Serpentine Photography 73 exhibition. He took a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (1980-82), and then taught at North Staffordshire, becoming photography option leader in 1992. In 1985 he was commissioned by Ffotogallery to take part in The Valleys Project; the results were insightful and tender photographs of Glyncorrwg.

He exhibited widely and continued to photograph after taking early retirement in 1997. His last one-man show, New Photographs, opened the community history gallery at the Potteries museum in 2004.

The artist died in 2007.