Born in Hammersmith, West London in March 1952, Nick Catford was educated at Sutton Grammar School in Surrey, 'dropping out' midway through A-levels to take up a career in local radio. From an early age, Nick has taken a keen interest in photography, getting his ﬁrst camera in 1962. In 1979 he studied A-level photography at Sutton College of Liberal Arts followed by a City & Guilds photography course at Richmond College in 1980.
Nick has always been self employed, working as a photo journalist for many years. Since the mid 1960s, Nick's other passion has been industrial archaeology; ﬁrst disused railways, then canals and mills before discovering the excitement of underground and military exploration in 1982. He joined Subterranea Britannica, Britain's foremost underground research and exploration society, that year. He was membership secretary for nearly 25 years and became editor of their journal Subterranea in December 2007, a job he still enjoys doing.
Nick's underground exploration has taken him into a wide variety of underground sites, including many disused mines; he reluctantly learnt how to abseil to gain access. Since the end of the Cold War he has turned his interest to nuclear bunkers, both derelict and operational, writing his first book, Cold War Bunkers, in 2010. Having run out of UK bunkers to photograph he turned his attention to the Eastern Bloc in 2001 where he has toured extensively visiting and recording the bunkers of the former Soviet Union.
Nicks love of underground exploration has declined with age and he now spends much of his spare time attending live music gigs and during lockdown in 2020 has started editing many hundred of live music videos he made in the 1990s and uploading them to YouTube. Over 50 two hour plus videos so far. He has also uploaded a short promotional video he made about Sub Brit in 1991. https://youtu.be/hAytRFTyWIY