Colin O’Brien – photographer

Mark PayneMark Payne

The iconic black and white photograph used on this dust jacket was taken in 1966 by leading British photographer, Colin O’Brien. As a close childhood friend of the author, Bill Naughton, Colin has a great personal attachment to this particular book. In this photo, Colin is being presented with an original oil painting of the book.

Colin explained the story behind the photograph…

“1966 Bill Naughton asked me to take his portrait and a photograph of Battersea Power Station for the first hardback edition of ‘Alfie,’ which proved to be his most successful novel and was made into a film starring Michael Caine. I took a picture of a power station from a train while the sun was sinking down behind the chimneys and I received fifteen pounds which was a lot of money then. Only later did I discover that the power station I photographed was not Battersea, as I had thought, but Fulham!”

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