ALEX ‘HURRICANE’ HIGGINS, WINDMILL STREET, SOHO, LONDON, SEPTEMBER, 1972
THE WATERMARK AND THE SIGNATURE ON THE IMAGE WILL NOT BE PRESENT ON AN ORIGINAL PRINT.
David Steen: “When I was about 13 or 14 I used to go to a snooker hall in the basement of the boxing gym owned by Jack Solomons, the great promoter who brought top American fighters to England in the years following World War II; the Forties and Fifties when boxing was booming. Years later I returned to the gym in Windmill Street to take this photograph. The gangster hat suited the slightly seedy style of the place.”
Alexander Gordon “Alex” Higgins (18 March 1949 – 24 July 2010), also known by his nickname of Hurricane Higgins, was a Northern Irish professional snooker player who was twice World Champion and twice runner-up. Higgins earned the nickname The Hurricane because of his speed of play. Higgins was also a former World Doubles champion with Jimmy White and won the World Cup three times with the All Ireland team. He also came to be known as the People’s Champion because of his popularity.
Higgins is often credited to have brought the game of snooker to a wider audience and contributing to its peak in popularity in the eighties.
Higgins had a reputation as an unpredictable and difficult character. He was a heavy smoker, struggled with drinking and gambling and admitted to using cocaine and marijuana. Diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, Higgins was found dead in his Belfast home on 24 July 2010.