This September I’m celebrating 20 years of trading as Mediaphotos. I’ve been thinking of ways to mark this milestone and I’ve decided on posting a series of images from my archive, now currently running at staggering 125,000 images, over the coming months documenting the progress of the business over the years and showcasing the work that I’ve done. Don’t panic I won’t be publishing them all, just a selection of my favourites or images with an interesting tale behind them.
When the business started in Edinburgh it was primarily press orientated but very quickly pr became a large part of my work. That continued through the move back to Cardiff but increasingly more corporate and commercial work was undertaken and this now forms the larger section of my work although I still keep my hand in at press when the occasion arises.
I hope you enjoy looking at the images over the next few months.
No:1 in the “Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos” series is this image of Cherie Blair, wife of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair taking in a fashion show in Edinburgh as her husband took part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the city in November 1997. I’d only gone freelance in the October that year and was covering the conference for Associated Press. During the conference I photographed many world leaders including, The Queen, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandella to name a few. This image was published worldwide as well as in the British Nationals.
Film photography was still the primary medium although digital was beginning to enter the press scene at this point. I along with most other press photographers was still shooting film and along with two other AP photographers covering the event was wet processing at the Conference Centre and scanning images to send via computer and modem connection to AP’s London Bureau.