Less Lust From Less Protein!

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This is one of the first photographs that I ever took and remains one of my favourites.The subject of the image is Stanley Green (also known as ‘Protein Man’). Stanley patrolled Oxford Street for 25 years, bearing the placard shown below. I took the photograph in London back in 1988 at the age of 16, whilst on my way to photograph a football match at Fulham. I jumped off the bus at Oxford Circus and rattled off a few shots on my borrowed Pentax film camera. Luckily I managed to find 12p to buy a booklet, which explains his philosophy on the evils of eating protein, including some strong advice for people’s weddings and faithfulness in marriage. After Stanley’s death in 1993, his pamphlets and placard were given to the Museum of London. I am pleased to say that I still have my original copy of his manifesto, pictured below. One of London’s most fondly remembered eccentrics!

2 Comments

  1. Uncle Protein
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful photo; thanks for including a scan of the booklet!

  2. Posted June 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Green became one of London’s much-loved eccentrics, though his campaign to suppress desire, as one commentator put it, was not invariably popular, leading to two arrests for obstruction and the need to wear green overalls to protect himself from spit. He nevertheless took great delight in his local fame. The Sunday Times interviewed him in 1985, and his “less passion, less protein” slogan was used by Red or Dead , the London fashion house. When he died at the age of 78, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times published his obituary, and his pamphlets, placards and letters were passed to the Museum of London . David McKie writes that in 2006 Green achieved what no other human billboard has, an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography .

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