A recent commission for Le Monde found me in the London home of writer Will Self. It's not often that I am commissioned to photograph someone whose work I admire. As as a result of the portrait session I was invited to The Sebald Lecture 2009. The lecture was given by Self on Absent Jews and Invisible Executioners: WG Sebald and the Holocaust. A brilliant lecture, delivered with theatrical confidence in which Self analysed Sebalds historical writing in the light of the evolving historical understanding of the Holocaust and the part the German people took in it.