John Maher

John Maher - Social Documentary

Event info

John is from Manchester, England. He got a second-hand drum kit for his 16th birthday. Five weeks later, an hour before heading back to school to sit his Chemistry O-Level, John was invited to join Buzzcocks.  The band went on to have several chart hits. ‘Ever Fallen in Love’, reached No.12 in the UK charts. The band broke up in 1981.

Following the split, John spent the next couple of years touring and recording with a number of artists before turning his attention to another of his interests: high performance air-cooled Volkswagens, teaching himself the skills required to machine, modify and assemble high power race engines. He built and raced two drag cars between 1988 and 1992.  Volksworld magazine, declared John's first race car, Mr Beetle, one of the ‘Cars that Shaped the Scene’.

In 2002, John relocated from his home town of Manchester to the Isle of Harris, where he lives and works today. He says it took him seven years to discover a way of photographing the islands in a style that interested him. John created a new way of interpreting the Hebridean landscape, with a refreshing and innovative series of long exposure photographs – all shot during the dead of night, under the light of a full moon. John’s unique photographic style and creative use of additional light quickly gained a following in the Outer Hebrides and beyond. His photographs of decaying man-made objects set against a backdrop of stunning Hebridean landscapes have been published in national newspapers, photography magazines and numerous online articles. John has also appeared in several UK and European television documentaries, discussing his photographs and the stories behind them. Links to some of those articles are listed below and on the MEDIA page.

Although John’s chosen career paths may seem eclectically diverse (music, engineering and photography), they all have one thing in common – he’s completely self-taught.

 Harris Tweed Truck

Uidh, Vattersay


All images © John Maher - visit his website by clicking this link.


Zoom video-conferencing

This event will take place via video-conference using Zoom Webinar.

You will be emailed a link in advance so you can join the event. Watch for a PDF document attached to your RPS Event Booking Confirmation email for more information about Zoom.

During the event you will be able to see John Maher and his images. You will be able to ask questions after his session.

Booking a place

You will need to book online in order to be able to access this event. 

Booking closes at 17.00 BST on Tuesday 31 May 2022. This event is free for RPS members, but these members still have to ‘purchase’ a (free) ticket to receive a link for joining the event. If you are not an RPS member you will need to register (for free) with the RPS website in order to book.

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Event Organiser

Steven Whittaker ARPS


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