Michael Joseph was born in Kimberly, the Capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, in 1941. His father was heavily involved in Anti-Apartheid activities, especially fundraising, and all of this gave Joseph early exposure to politicians and social reportage from South Africa. During his time at University he was sent to Vietnam to photograph the war and as a result he was commissioned to many advertising assignments and made his name as a photographer. On arriving in London in 1962, Joseph studied at The London College of Printing and Graphic Arts.
Our interest lies with Michael Joseph’s best known rock ‘n’ roll work: his 1968 weekend session with the Rolling Stones for their classic album, Beggar’s Banquet.