I'm working towards an exhibition in London next year - The Greatest Cities In The World. Over 40 years as a professional photographer I have been discovering these places – watching them and their people change and evolve. I have visited Rome many times before but not had the opportunity to explore and capture it the way I have so many other cities. When considering the 'Great' cities of the world Rome would certainly feature, but perhaps more so due to its reputation in antiquity as apposed to the Rome of today. I want to explore if Rome is still a Great City or if it that mantle is now nothing more than the Emperor's New clothes.
I'd been photographing a christening and on the way out of the church I spotted "The Angel of Light" by Ernesto Camagna, a modern metal figure which I thought was an interesting contrast to other old statues and the mood of this ancient church.
A view of St Peter's along the Via della Conciliazione from the Ponte Sant'Angelo, with early-morning athletes exercising along the river Tiber quay.
The repeat of the wall colour in the centre of this road sign caught my eye, then the workman leaned casually against the wall to make a shape.
A newly opened restaurant specialising in smoothies displays beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables in large chiller cabinets.
At ten in the morning, this young saleswoman waits for customers, knowing that Roman women do not come out early to shop.
I loved this fashionably dressed woman who was in lively conversation with two stall holders, and because of the quiet shutter and unobtrusiveness of the camera, I was able to wait for a gesture from her without being observed.
The fashion among younger female Romans is for wearing men's hats. This beautiful young Roman showed great Italian style in just trying on a trilby in a hat shop.
This driver, in for a long wait in a taxi queue, whiles away the time practising his silver trumpet… and, perhaps, thinking of another way of life.
A shop owner on the Via Condotti changes his display of ties at dusk, in a lull between shoppers, in the boutique established originally by his grandfather.
One of the problems of shooting in any area of Rome frequented by tourists is the congestion of people in the background. I spotted this dog taking a long drink at the water tap and happily this child came along at the same time to mirror the dog. By shooting from above I was able to isolate them both from the crowds.
Two riders on scooters – the preferred form of transport for many Romans – wait for the lights to change on the Ponte Sant'Angelo leading to the Castel Sant'Angelo itself.
A nice old Fiat with the older Roma registration plates – now, the plates no longer name the city. It looked at home on the cobbled streets for which it was built.
A first glance, these two female mannequins seem to be rather suspicious of their featureless companions, in this shop specialising in department-store models.
Outdoor tables at this old trattoria are a draw at all times of the day, and they're always full in the cool of the early morning. A couple at separate tables wait for their breakfast orders, divided by a sign advertising tiramisu – the favoured Roman pudding.
Rome, a city that mixes ancient and modern buildings to great effect, always delights and amuses. Here, splendid buildings with the contrast of a clutch of aerials hidden between them.
I liked the expression on this man's face, as he was checking with the advertisement that he'd bought the right sandwich.
I looked in the window of this hairdressers' shop and saw the barber with a magnificent moustache, not to be resisted!
Rome provides many seats for locals and tourists alike to rest, although there are few on this beautiful cobbled street in the old Jewish quarter, where an elderly couple has chosen to sit and read their newspapers.
I suppose this picture appeals to my perverted sense of humour.
I just liked this illegally parked truck seemingly being ordered to move by the statue.
A woman cools off by dangling her fingers in the water of this fountain in front of the Pantheon.
There's time for a long chat between the driver of a scooter delivering parts and the owner of a scooter repair shop.
From the Ponte Garibaldi, at night, this row of small gazebos on the Tiber quay is set up to sell a variety of small, desirable goods, stretching away into the distance.
A craftsman restores antique furniture, surrounded by his work completed and that still to be undertaken.
I spotted this man reading his newspaper, completely relaxed on the seat of his scooter with his feet on the handlebars. I passed by later in the morning and he'd moved into the café across the street when it opened, still reading his paper.
A night shot along the river Tiber, with St Peter's Basilica and reflections in the water of the street illuminations.
British born Ian made his reputation in South Africa, where he was the only photographer to document the Sharpeville massacre of 1960. The first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine, his assignments have taken him around the world, documenting conflicts and political and social transformations, for the likes of National Geographic, Fortune and Life.