Anthony Howarth

Anthony Howarth

Anthony Howarth has lived a life of, oft-unintended, adventure. Born in the north-west of England, Anthony Howarth’s formative years were spent on a hill farm estate high in the Pennines, in that corner where Lancashire, Yorkshire and Westmorland used to meet. While out walking the fells he could look down on spectacular sunsets over distant Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. Glittering silver seas beckoned as they changed to gold and fiery red, crimson and purple. In 1959 he drove round Africa; London, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, London. More than thirty countries, over 30,000 miles in nine months. Back in London, Life Magazine and other magazines around the world, published his pictures from Africa. This kick-started a career as an international photo journalist. During the early 1960s he also pursued other interests. With business partner, Colin Bell, he was involved in the launch of the Establishment satire club and the magazine PRIVATE EYE, and a pioneer tabloid magazine, SCENE, the world’s first four colour magazine printed on news print. SCENE was a precursor of Time Out and Rolling Stone. It's theatre critic was Tom Stoppard. Benny Greene reviewed jazz. The sub-editor was Gordon Williams, author of Straw Dogs. Mathew Carter, famous as a typographer for Monotype, designed the magazine and Colin Bell, a stared First from Kings, Cambridge, brought an aggressive blend of intellectual popularism to the whole endeavour. Scene did well as an independent publication. However, W. H. Smiths refused to distribute it on the basis that it was too irreverent to establishment institutions. At that time, without Smith’s distribution no publication could survive. Anthony Howarth spent twenty years as an international magazine photographer. He received a press photographer of the year photo essay award. His commissioned work resulted in over two hundred published cover stories. In 1970 he moved into film direction gaining Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Around 1979 he returned to his roots in engineering (MA Mechanical Sciences Tripos, Cantab.), initiating a ten year period as an enfant terrible, promoting an advanced, though heretical engineering project. He came to live aboard Boat in 1988. At the time, he didn't know how to sail. Anthony Howarth has lived or visited and worked in over one hundred and thirty countries. He has now covered about a million and a half miles by car on five continents. He has crossed the Sahara Desert four times. He has survived two hurricanes and 50,000 nautical miles at sea in a small wooden sailing boat. Now he writes about life as an adventure; lives with his wife, two Africars and, yes, two cats, in Southwest France – and the adventure goes on.

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