Portrait, Documentary and Commercial Photographer Jonathan Goldberg is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘In Between Jobs’. To see Jonathan’s body of work click on any image.
London Minicab Drivers
Cab drivers in London perform an invaluable job, yet the most we usually see of them is the back of a head. Sometimes they offer up their entire life story, while others sit stoney-silent at the wheel. I wanted to delve deeper to find out more about the characters, many of whom are migrants from countries in flux, and how they came to be plying their trade across the streets of Westminster.
It should be noted that minicabs are distinct from the iconic black taxi cab, whose drivers are required to study for a stringent examination about the city’s roads. Minicabs are the budget option, and must be pre-booked. They are typically based in offices on most London high streets, and have a waiting room which tends to take on the character of its drivers. It’s inaccessible to the public, and therefore offered the ideal backdrop for some of my portraits.
Many of the individuals I approached were highly suspicious of having their photographs taken, but when one obliged often their colleagues would too. Some came to see it as an enjoyable way of breaking the tedium between jobs, whole others would be delighted that a photographer would seek to shine a light on occupants whose industry isn’t generally celebrated.