The Concept

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Long Service: London is an ongoing personal photographic project about London's restaurant/cafe/pub/club scene and its longest-serving members of staff.

As a general rule I'm trying to find people with a minimum of 18 years' service but have already found someone with 56 years behind them so far! 

I've been trying to remember how I first thought of the project idea but can't quite put my finger on it. I think I read about someone who'd worked in a Paris bistro for forty years or more and figured there must be similar stories in London. After contacting a few places in my home city to test the waters, I was thrilled by the response and started to amass a list of potential participants.

I'm keen to include a full spectrum of venues and so far some of London's most prestigious restaurants have shown interest, as well as more local, family-run cafes.

The idea is to give equal weight to the venue and member of staff, with one main wide-angled photograph of the person unposed within the space. I then shoot a closer, more posed, portrait as well as a few details within the restaurant. I'm also asking some questions about the restaurant and area, how things have changed over the years, and finding out about their time there (already had a few classic tales). I'll write something about the history of the venue itself too.

Frequent updates to follow so keep checking in!

— If you've been working at the same restaurant, cafe or pub for around 20 years or more, or are an owner who's still 'hands-on', I'd love to hear from you. peter@peter-jackson.co.uk