Michael Joseph was born in Kimberly, South Africa in 1941. Joseph began photographing his surroundings in reportage style, exposed to political events through his father who was involved in Anti-Apartheid activities. During university, Joseph was sent to Vietnam to photograph the war and was later commissioned to several advertising assignments for companies such as Christies, Pirelli, Schweppes and White Horse. He arrived in London in 1962 and studied at The London College of Printing and Graphic Arts. It was Joseph’s visual style and technical capabilities which made him photographer of choice for ‘Beggars Banquet’.