There is nothing I would rather do than take photographs

David Newell-Smith, who died last month at the age of 80, was part of an explosion of British photojournalistic talent in the early 1960s. Armed with revolutionary new lightweight 35mm cameras and an aesthetic influenced by the great French and American photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Smith, this generation also benefited from the new colour supplements that were to showcase their work.

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Student riots in Paris, 11 April 1968. Photograph: David Newell-Smith for the Observer