Errol Sawyer , Photographer, Born, August 8, 1943, in Miami, Florida, USA. Son of Robert Earl Sawyer (1923 - 1994),, African American playwright, producer, actor, director, whose family emigrated from Nassau, Bahamas, to Miami, Florida. Mother is Mamie Lucille Donaldson (1928 – 2009), African American Cherokee Indian, whose family lived in Bainbridge, Georgia. She was for 25 years head of the Intensive Care section of the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. 1950, Moves from Florida to New York, Harlem. 1953, Moves from Harlem to the Bronx. 1956, Starts to play chess. 1961, Graduates James Monroe High School. 1962-1965, Studies History and Political Science at New York University. Moves from the Bronx to Manhattan, Greenwich Village: playing chess in Washington Square Park. 1964-1965, visits Micky Ruskin’s Max’s Kansas City, meets Jimi Hendrix, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus who takes pictures of Errol in her studio. 1966, John Kilb introduces Errol to Linda Sperling, art historian, who advises him to go into the arts. Purchases first camera: a Kowa. 1968, Visits Woodstock Festival on August 28. 1968-1969, Travels in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. 1969, Become a professional photographer and buys a Nikon camera. 1971, Moves to Paris but goes to London for tearsheets. 1972, Danny Barnes gives very first photography commission for: ‘Petticoat.’ 1972-1973, Commissions: ‘Honey,’ ‘Nineteen’ and ‘Woman’s Own.’ 1972, Peter Knapp gives first commission for ‘Elle.’ 1972-1978, Pictures published in: ‘Elle,’ ‘Dépêche Mode,’ ‘French Vogue,’ ‘Italian Glamour,’ ‘L’Enfant,’ ‘Marie-France’ and ‘Votre Beauté.’ 1973, Takes pictures of Beauford Delaney, actrices Patti d’Arbanville, Jessica Lange and Maria Schneider in Paris. Discovers Christie Brinkley, convinces John Casablanca to accept her into Elite Model Agency in Paris. 1974, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France purchases 36 prints of ‘Children in East End.’ 1978, Roger Schoening gives first commission for ‘American Vogue.’ 1978-1984, Commissions for: ‘American Vogue,’ ‘Essence,’ ‘Mademoiselle,’ ‘New York Magazine’ and ‘Working Woman. 1984 -1988, First exhibition at 4th Street Gallery. New York. Theme: ‘Children in East End.’1991, Exhibition at Le Musée Français de la Photographie. Bièvres. Theme: ‘Paris.’ Le Musée Français de la Photographie. Bièvres, purchases 6 prints of the portfolio ‘Paris.’ Exhibition at Royal Photographic Society. Bath, UK. Theme: ‘Children of East End.’ 1993, Exhibition at Foto Huset Gallery. Götenburg, Sweden. Theme: ‘Graffiti.’Exhibition at No Name Gallery. Basel, Switzerland. Theme: ‘Graffiti.’ 1994, Robert Earl Sawyer, Errol’s father, dies in Oakland, California. Commissions for: ‘Mexican Vogue. ’1997, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library buys 40 prints of the portfolio ‘New York 1974-1997.’ 1998, Eric Franck purchases 21 prints of the portfolio ‘Children of East End.’ 1999 to date, Lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland. Marries Mathilde Fischer, architect, She sets up his archive and becomes his agent. 2000, Exhibition at La Chambre Claire Gallery. Paris, France. Theme: ‘City Mosaic.’ Fadi Zahar buys 3 prints, the portfolio ‘City Mosaic.’ 2001, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, purchases 1 print ‘Homeless.’ Washington Square Park, New York, 1995. Herman Hoeneveld writes article about Errol in ‘PF Magazine,’ 2-2001, Holland. 2002, Guest teacher photography at ISA, International School of Amsterdam, Holland. Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK, includes work in Art Library. Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Texas, USA, purchases 2 prints in the Manfred Heiting Collection: ‘Mirror reflections of Martha Carr.’ New York, 1970. 2005, Victor Leonard Sawyer, son of Errol Sawyer and Mathilde Fischer born March 1st in Amsterdam. 2006 – 2010, Guest professor photography at TUD, Technical University Delft, Holland. 2009, Grant from Stichting Sem Presser Archief, Holland, to publish first book City Mosaic. Grant from NCDO, to travel to Diofior, Senegal, Africa for Multi-Pass. Lucille Williams, Errol’s mother, dies in the Bronx. 2010, Exhibition at Royal Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland. Theme; ‘Diofior, a Village in Senegal.’ Exhibition at the Town Hall of Amsterdam, Holland. Theme: ‘Diofior, a Village in Senegal.’ 2011, Sander Pleij, review of City Mosaic in ‘Vrij Nederland,’ January 21, 2011, Holland. Jos Bloemkolk, review of City Mosaic in ’Het Parool,’ February 23, Holland. City Mosaic, Publisher: Errol Sawyer Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland, 2010., Distributor: IDEA books, Amsterdam, Holland., Isbn 9789081604116, Idea Code 10598, Price €45,00. Contains a compilation of 64 black & white images, mainly of New York, Paris and Amsterdam, divided in three chapters: Graffiti, Portraits & City Scenes and Perspectives. Essays by A.D. Coleman,, and Prof. Dr. Franziska Bollerey. Book design by Charlotte and Mathilde Fischer. Text edting by Linda Sperling. Foreword by Mathilde Fischer. Ready for publication: Peru & Ecuador 1968, London Children 1973, Paris 1971-2003, New York 1971-2007, Diofior Senegal 2009, Amsterdam