Michael St Maur Sheil
After reading Geography at Oxford University, Michael St Maur Sheil began his career in photo-journalism and a career-long association with the New York Picture agency Black Star working in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’. He has worked in over 60 countries around the world and in 2001 he received a World Press Photo Award for his work on child trafficking in West Africa. Since 2005 he has been documenting the battlefields of the First World War as they are today: in 2014 his exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18 was seen by over 4 million people during its display in Les Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris and St James’s Park in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal geographical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. He lives in Oxfordshire with his long suffering wife Janet and a very chilled greyhound called Gonzo.