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
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 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.