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.