The Battle of Bogside


Around 2.30pm on August 12th, 1969, a Catholic threw a stone at a Protestant march in Londonderry. It was the start of The Troubles, and I was there.

For the next three years I photographed the fighting for the Daily Sketch, The Sun and the Daily Mail, and in 1972 Penguin published one hundred and forty of those pictures in ‘The Battle of Bogside,’ a book which became the definitive record of street fighting in Ulster and later that year won the Robert Capa Gold Medal from his friends at Life magazine for ‘superlative photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad.’

‘The Battle of Bogside’ is no longer in print but copies can still be bought on Amazon.