The Newbury Bypass / Antonio Olmos
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The purpose was to prevent the construction of a bypass around the town, which would result in the destruction of ten thousand trees and wipe out a lot of the natural landscape to the west. The protest against the nine mile road began with tree sit-ins but eventually moved on to obstruction of all tree clearing and construction work.
Antonio arrived in London in 1994, by way of Mexico and California. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa; for newspapers and magazines around the world as well as leading NGOs and corporates.
“I try to make photographs that will engage the viewer and if that means using what many call beauty so be it. If you want people to listen through photography, you must engage the viewer, to get them to notice, to look, to pay attention.”
(To read more about Antonio Olmos, see Who we are)