Having been a photographer for some 42 years I have rather a lot of old pictures from my days as a newspaper staff photographer lying around in boxes. There are quite a few though strangely not so many as you might expect. I must have been selective about what I kept. Lately I’ve taken to browsing through them, whether for inspiration for future shoots or confirmation that I’ve done a reasonable job over the years I’m not sure.
It struck me that others may be interested in some of these old pictures as well so I thought I would create a retrospective gallery online for others to browse.
I came across these pictures from 1977 and 1980. I’d only been working as a press photographer for two years in 1977 so was pretty green but looking back on them I have to say that even now I feel rather pleased with them. I remember the Keith Joseph set as though it was yesterday and given the hours I had waited on a cold winters afternoon with all the action happening when the light had all but disappeared I think I would have been pretty pleased with the results at the time.
The “STEEL” pictures show Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade in a Margaret Thatcher Government visiting a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike where he was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers as he tried to make his way into the factory. Joseph looked terrified and soon made his getaway but not before a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
STEEL 05, 06 & 08 Show a steel strikers rally at Pontypool Park being addressed by the local MP Leo Abse.
PICKET01-03 show another picket in Bedwas near Caerphilly outside a factory trying to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
The Margaret Thatcher picture was taken in June 1977 as she addressed the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in of all places, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre. It was a Saturday morning and I had a string of other jobs to go to. She was late arriving. I’d waited for ages at the entrance to the centre and eventually she arrived. She even spoke to me as she rushed by and I followed her into the hall, got my picture and left for the next job.
You can take a look at more pictures from my Retrospective Gallery by visiting: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/retrospective
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