Category Archives: Photography,photo-journalism,The Independent,The Times

Are we the new history boys and gals ?

It seems to me that we merry band of photographers from the press, magazine, documentary or agency world are really the new history boys and gals…it is often said that ‘reporters’ draft the first version of history…but I maintain that … Continue reading

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The Velvet Revolution – 30 years on 1989 – 2019

  My account here of photographing and reporting the fall of communism in what was Czechoslovakia back in the winter of 1989 is based on a chapter in my book, ‘…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ http://impress-publishing.com/and-then-the-prime-minister-hit-me.html News reports … Continue reading

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Berlin – 30 years on…thoughts and recollections – November 1989 – 2019

Thirty years ago, 1989 really was a tumultuous year in geo politics maybe the most confused, exciting and historically important since the end of WWII in 1945, certainly for me as a working news photographer for The Independent 1989 was … Continue reading

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Sally Soames Photographer, Journalist, Mother, Grandmother, Mentor to so many and Friend to many more… 21 January 1937 – 5 October 2019

I make no apology for re publishing my short obituary about Sally first published on the British Press Photographers Association-BPPA site last week.  I have included photographs taken with permission from her son Trevor Soames at Sally’s funeral held at … Continue reading

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The Impact-Pactin Photos Lunch May 2019

…and so, it came to pass that Impact Photos, the picture agency and photo library is no more…it has ceased to exist, it is a dead a defunct photo  agency…it is, as co founder Philippe Achache so succinctly put it … Continue reading

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Copying all those tens of thousands of transparencies and negatives

If like me you have been a working photographer for many years then you are bound to have thousands, maybe tens or even hundreds of thousands of colour transparencies or B&W negatives festering away in a filing cabinet, out in … Continue reading

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Impact Photos Library is no more…

Impact Photos agency and library is no more…it is a dead library, it is finished. Impact, as co-founder Philippe Achache put it so succinctly is ‘Pactin’…and is now in hundreds of cardboard boxes in a lock up garage in Queens … Continue reading

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Stuart Heydinger-the South Pole and Back

George W. Warhurst (Pictured below) was my mentor, sidekick and sometime saviour while I was at The Times from 1975-1984. George, or Bill as he was known to all, was a greatly undervalued photographer. His somewhat dishevelled appearance and kindly … Continue reading

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My friend Glynn

Glynn Griffiths my wonderful friend, a friend as close as a brother, my touchstone                     in all matters of life, has died. Glynn was 67 and leaves behind his     … Continue reading

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Death of a Princess

Death of a Princess….20 years on   I am neither a royalist or a republican but the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31st of  August 1997 affected me more than I expected at the time and now 20 … Continue reading

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