Andrew Jackson - Written by Light

Welcome to 'Written by Light' a blog by Andrew Jackson.

Jackson is a documentary, reportage and portrait photographer based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.



Marine gunner Horace C. Lownsberry mutely signals to the belly gunner that two enemy planes are sighted below.

U.S. Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National World War II Museum.


W. Eugene Smith. “Nun waiting at New York City Harbor for survivors of SS Andrea Doria, an Italian ocean liner that collided with another ship near the coast of Nantucket. The survivors were brought to New York City”. 1956. New York, NY, USA.

“ It looks to me as though that prosthetic-memory project is going to be what we are about, as a species, because our prosthetic memory now actually stands a pretty good chance of surviving humanity. We could conceivably go extinct and our creations would live on. One day, in the sort of science-fiction novel I’m unlikely ever to write, intelligent aliens might encounter something descended from our creations. That something would introduce itself by saying, Hey, we wish our human ancestors could have been around to meet you guys because they were totally fascinated by this moment, but at least we’ve got this PowerPoint we’d like to show you about them. They don’t look anything like us, but that is where we came from, and they were actually made out of meat, as weird as that seems. ”

Bullet Boy - Massive Attack