My father was a press photographer on the Yorkshire Post and it wasn’t long before I was following in his professional footsteps. At 16 years of age I started work as a press photographer on the Yorkshire Evening Post. In those days newspapers were the main source of daily news. Each day I would be out on assignments photographing accidents, fires, babies, weddings and other local issues. It was a great learning curve into the world of photography.READ MORE
In those days roll film cameras were in their infancy. The 5×4 produced stunning quality black and white photographs. Colour newspaper pictures were light years away.READ MORE
The late 60’s started seeing the demise of newspapers as a source of breaking news. Television studios were opening up throughout the nation and could broadcast pictures almost immediately. I got a job as a news cameraman for BBC Television News based in Leeds.
Although I took many pictures on each story the newspaper would only publish a single photograph. I saw television as a great breakthrough as all my pictures could be transmitted. The secret of good movies is to use the cine camera like a still camera – it’s a series of joined up images.READ MORE
Recently I have returned back to still photography, although I continue to produce and direct movies. I have purchased a 1944 Speed Graphic 5×4 camera – the camera I started with in newspapers. I also have a Nikon F and a Rolleiflex. I love creating monochrome prints. Black and white images are far more dramatic and atmospheric than colour. I use Kodak Tri-x stock the same I used all those years ago on the paper.READ MORE
The county is so varied with fabulous countryside, dramatic coastline, cities and historical sites.
He too was born in Headingley, Leeds then moved to Whitby where he became world famous with his images.READ MORE