Behind the scenes at a 1990s road protest

By Adrian Arbib. From his book Solisbury Hill: Chronicle of a Roads Protest
By Adrian Arbib. From his book Solisbury Hill: Chronicle of a Roads Protest

Adrian Arbib has worked as photo journalist for more than 25 years and this exhibition features photographs from his book Solsbury Hill.

After working abroad documenting land rights issues in Kenya and Sudan he returned to the UK to find a growing environmental protest movement using direct action tactics.

One such protest was at Solsbury Hill; stopping a £80 million road being built on the edge of Bath.

He said: “It was a real privilege to be given access to the protest. I knew that the protestors wanted the images of what was happening in the press. A press that was all too ready to paint them in a bad light, after all they were effectively fighting a system a system that was well-perceived as broken.

“On the flip side of that there was, quite rightly, a lot of suspicion of the press and, many of the protestors didn’t want their picture taken so it was a fine line that I had to walk.”

Adrian will be talking about the 1990s roads protests and their legacy at the Hastings Arts Forum on Monday, March 18, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

He studied photography and film at the London College of Printing. Since then he has worked as a photographer all over the world for different media outlets and aid agencies.

Solsbury Hill: Chronicle of a Roads Protest was published in 2009.