Dr Robert Michael Organ was born
in Llanbadoc, near Usk
in Gwent on 27 October 1966.
He attended West Monmouth Grammar
School and Pontypool College. During this time, he gained first prize
in the photographic competitions of the Urdd Gobiath
Cymru Eisteddfod and the Welsh National
Eisteddfod Youth Section, completed an A-level in photography and became
(at the time) the youngest Licentiate of the Royal Photographic
Society. He attended several workshops run by the Ffotogallery
in Cardiff, including one by Martin Parr.
Following school, Robert obtained
a first degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD at Emmanuel College in the
University of Cambridge. At university, he was President of the
Emmanuel College Photographic Society, a member of the Cambridge University
Photographic Society and was official photographer for the university rag
Robert’s professional career
started with a scientific management positions for the lithographic
printing plate manufacturing company Kodak Polychrome Graphic (formerly Horsell Graphic Industries) and for the packaging
company Crown Cork and Seal (formerly Metalbox).
During this time, he married Kazuko Kobashi, a
Japanese lady from the town of Kurashiki and completed an open-learning MBA
at the University of Reading.