Roger Tooth studied photography at Regent Street School of Photography in the early 70s. He trained as a newspaper photographer on the Hackney Gazette in East London from 1976 and then worked as a staff photographer on IPC magazines' Nursing Mirror and Community Care from 1979-1982. From there, he freelanced for a number of papers and magazines including the Guardian from 1982, and then joined The Guardian staff in the role of Assistant Picture Editor in 1988. Roger became deputy Guardian Picture Editor in 1995 and worked on the Guardian Unlimited website in 1997. He briefly left the Guardian to work as Picture Editor on the Mirror group's Sporting Life project, but then rejoined as Features Picture Editor in 1998. In 2001 Roger became Head of Photography at the Guardian, and in 2008 he took up his current position as Head of Photography for the Guardian, the Observer and guardian.co.uk, In 2010, Roger edited Eyewitness Decade, published by Guardian Books.