Riots : Cosmo Sarson

Riots, London 2011
What began as a minor experiment with a stick of charcoal and some flourescent paint ended up as a substantial body of work.
I was initially captivated by the spectacle of school children caught up in the student riots of 2010.
This was soon followed early in 2011 with the Stokes Croft riots in Bristol. Just a few months later, sparked by the death of Mark Duggan, London and much of the UK was in the grip of one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience seen since the Poll Tax riots of 1990.

I am endebted to my photojournalist friend David Hoffman, a hardened veteran of protest, who has captured many of the images from which I have worked.