About Me - Gavin Bowyer

About Me

I trained in Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. At that time Cambridge allowed fantastic flexibility for the 3rd year of study – so I read History of Art for a year. I qualified as a doctor and went on to specialize as a trauma & orthopaedic surgeon. I coupled that with a career in the Army for 17 years, with many interesting travels and operational tours, much of that time with airborne forces.


My camera was with me most of the time – and records of war wounds were a key part of my studies and research that led to the award of a Hunterian Professorship at the Royal College of Surgeons. I then spent 20 years working as an orthopaedic consultant in the NHS and in private practice.


Travel and photography have always been a passion for me. These have formed an important part of my life and work, from photographing snails and irrigation schemes in Africa on medical expeditions, to recording war wounds on the Afghan border or in Gaza for the International Committee of the Red Cross.


My photographic commitments and interests have increased over the past few years. I have been lucky enough to work with some wonderful photographers who have really influenced my work: David DuChemin, Andrew Appleton, Jonathan & Angie Scott, and Tim Flach. Just as importantly I’ve had tremendous help and support from Winchester Photographic Society – and I’m proud to be their President for 2019 – 2020.


In recent years I have sought ways to support charities through photography, working with organisations in Uganda, Kenya and across Africa, providing wildlife pictures to raise awareness of welfare and conservation issues.