Describe your stock and/or specialities: Photographs, photo albums and early photo-books with the theme of early travel and exploration.
What or who brought you to this world? Bernard J Shapero
When are you at your happiest? Out at sea.
What is the strangest question you have ever been asked? Are these photographs actually for sale!
What is your most treasured possession? I never hang onto material possessions for long….
If you could invite anyone, current or historical, who would attend your dream dinner party? Timothy Leary, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Micky Flanagan, Stephen Fry.
What is the most amazing item you have owned/sold and why? A Chinese collection of early photographs, dating from the Opium Wars. It was a very thrilling, due to the length of time it took to finalise the deal, the actual circumstances surrounding the delivery of the items and looking back in retrospect, the realisation that it is highly unlikely I could ever repeat this deal!
What is your favourite piece of music? Penny and the quarters ‘You and Me’.
What trait do you most deplore in others? Greed
Alternative career? Yachting Skipper
What is your secret vice? Too much Netflix
What would you like your epitaph to say? I wouldn’t want one.
One secret for success? Don’t be afraid to take a loss.
Do you collect yourself? If yes, what and why? Central Asia, a fascinating area photographically.
What is your favourite bibliography or reference source (book or digital)? The British Library.