In the wake of being crowned Photographer of the Year, Craig Easton spoke to the Observer's Rachel Cooke about his prize-winning project. Bank Top, he says (and indeed shows in his pictures), is a genuinely multicultural area where strong community spirit pre-existed the pandemic - "a place of congregation" rather than of segregation, whatever the right-wing press might dare to suggest.
The intent may have been to dispel media myths, but Easton was careful to do so without falling into the same trap of regarding local residents as stereotypes: "I try to treat people as individuals. I don't want them to feel that I see them only as representative of some particular type of person." The images are respectful - and rich and nuanced as a result.