Born in 1945, Ian Dickson was raised in Clydebank, a Scots shipbuilding town on Glasgow’s western border. In 1963, as the Beatles were breaking into the big time, his father moved the family to Newcastle upon Tyne where he’d been offered a better job. Ian took a design course at Newcastle College of Art and Industrial Design before embarking on a career as a graphic designer. A few years later, he bought a second-hand camera and caught the photography buzz. Within months, he started earning a living with a camera by photographing babies and Junior Marching Bands (big in the north-east) before landing a job as in-house photographer to the Tyneside Theatre Company at the University Theatre in Newcastle.