Tribute to camera collector 'pioneer9

Assistants awards

Thebest imagesfirom ttie next generation of professional photog rc phers are being sought b/ organisers of the AOP Assistant Awards 2009, whiditaopened for online entries Hie contest is open to Assent Membersof the Association of Photographers (A0P>. There areseven categories: Portrait, life, landscape, Interiors Architecture, Fashion, Still life and Project. Entries can be submitted to www.the-awards. com wtaetteeare more details of the competition. The dosing date is B July 2009.

Kit prizes

Olympus camera gearwortti £1,000 is up for grabs in this year's RSPCA Young Photographer of the Year Awards. Olympus DSLRs are amongthe prizes in this year's contest, which isopen to people aged 18 and under. TV presenter Matt Baker and wildlife photographer Danny Green are among the judges. For details

Monroe revealed

A gallery of never-before-seen images of Marilyn Monroe have appeared in an online gallery hosted by'UFE' magazine to mark vu hat would have been her Bird birthefey. The 17 pictures were captued in 1950b/ 'UFT magazine photographer Ed Clark at Griffith Park, tos Angeles, California. To view the imsges

Photo apology

The'Independent'newspaper apologised after publishing a photo ofa 12-year-old girl without parental consent, thereby breaching the press's codeof conduct. The paper said it did not realise that consent had not been granted when it published a photo ofAmyWhiteliouseto accompany an article about swine fit on 30 April.

.AVIDM Lawrence (was a larger-than-life character and was well known in collecting circles from the early 1980s uitil the late 1990s.

He was an enthusiastic collector of spy and subminiature cameras, building up a world-class collection.

Classic Collection set the benchmark for those who followed in its wake with a h gh-quality central London location, displaying cameras to their best advantage and supported by a knowledgeable staff.

It had an international p'ofile and a strong customer service ethos that ensured bjyers making mail-order pjrehases could buy with confidence Lawrence poneered an international method of doing business that is now commonplace.

Before that he worked for

Jessops, running the firm's Finchley Road premises, and then had charge of its southern division, based at New 0:<ford Street, and developing the second-iand side of the business.

By the mid-1980s he realised that, with the network of Jessops branches to act as collecting points, all vintage and collectable cameras could be channelled throuqh cne shop. Jessops Classic Photographica was established in 198S with Lawrence running the business, making an immediate impact on the British collecting scene. It closed in 2006

Spy cameras

Keen to break free from the restrictions of working for a large corrpany.. David used the money he raised through the sale of his spy camera col lection to become his

Photographer's pictures end up in jail

HE walls of a West Yorkshire p'ison are being turned irto a gallery for prisoners to view the work of a local piotographer.

From next month i-IMP Leeds in Armey will play host to an exhibition of 24 one-metre-high images captured by photographer Casey On.

'The prison isa central landmark in this area, but its almost as if the building is invisible or irroenetrable,' said Casey.

The large canvas prints will also be displayed on the

prison's outside walls.

'Some of my photographs are of prisoners and their families. Ey displaying them on the walls I hope to make a connection between what's happening on the inside and outside of the building,' :he photographer added.

Mark Hudson, deputy head of Operations and Security, said: 'We view the residents and staff at Leeds Prison as being very much part of the communis of west Leeds, albeit a snail part of the communhy and all taking place in closed conditions behind the physical barrier of a prison wall.

'This is an opportunity for us to celearate with prisoners, staff and visitors the uniqueness of Casey's work1

The Comings and Goings exhibition will go on show from 2 July-31 August as part of the I Love West Leeds Festival.

Built in 1847, Leeds prison was a place of execution until the 1960s. It now has 550 cells and has recently undergone refurbishment.

own boss, opening Classic Collection in 1992.

Classic Collection attended camera fairs internationally and was particularly strong in Japan where the market for Leo cameras was booming.

Lawrence closed Classic Collection suddeny in 1998 as the maitet for collectible cameras declined. After a short break he returned to buying and selling through eBa^ as a hobbv.

Collecting 'boom'

Lawence knew wiat collectors would pay for particular cameras, especially at the top end of the market. He was good at building relationships with collectors around the world who would also source cameras for him.

He recognised that the Japanese were the driving force behind this growth and was astute enough to take advantage. He was quick at

spotting a bargain at a fair or something that he knew he could place with a buyer or sell through the shop.

David set high standards for those who worked for him, but he was also a generous man and fur to be with.

Working with him at Christie's on the sale of his spy camera collection in 1991 was hard work: he knew what he wanted, but he was also presared to listen and take advice.

David Lawence died on 2A May 2009, aged 58, after suffering a heart attack.

He leaves a wife, Hazel, and two daughters. Michael Pritctiard

AMATEURS and professionals are invited to enter the Sony World Photography Awards, which has opened for entries.

The amateur category boasts a top prize of $5,000, camera gear and features the following categories: Architecture, Conceptual & Constructed, Documentary, Fashion, Landscape, Music, Natural History, Portraiture and Sport.

Amateurs can a so enter the Campaicn Award, which 'seeksto uncover imagery that captures the emotion and the passion of football from the fan's point of vieW.

The winner will bag two tickets to next year's World Cup in South Africa and Sony DSLR camera gear.

The closing date is 4 December 2009.

For details visit www. worl d phot ocraphfya wards. org.

Nikon awards 50th anniversary gong ClubNews

Dedicated Nikon dealer Grays of Westminster has won a special award from Nikon UK after sales of camera equipment Increased 42% on a year ago

Nikon UK general manager Simon Coleman said: 'Their [Grays'] approach to customer service and support continues to drive sales if the highest order and we are pleased to acknowledge this result.'

Gray Levett, founder of the London-based store, said: 'We are delighted to have Grays of Westminster's hard work acknowledged In this the 50th anniversary of the legendary Nikon F. 'We pride ourselves on

Gray Levett ileft) and Uri Zakay {right) from Grays of Westminster accept the trophy from Michio Miwa, MD of Nikon UK

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Gray Levett ileft) and Uri Zakay {right) from Grays of Westminster accept the trophy from Michio Miwa, MD of Nikon UK

offering our customers the highest levels of personal service and ;ouple this with our vast Nikon range, botf new arid second-hand...'

Gray, who was presented with a crystal glass trophy to mark the honour, said the figure of 42% includes sales of second-hand gea;

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Lytham St Annes Photographic Society

Hiedub ¬°shearing up for its annual exhibition, which takes plate 29 Julv-30 August at the Gallery, Forty Hali, Forty Hill, Enfield, Greater London EN2 9HA, Visit

The dub will hold its'Annual Members' Rally' from 9-11 October at Pendreil Hail, Codsall Wood, Staffordshire. The club allows members to circulate darkroom prints and digital prints by post. To view the club's travelling print exhibition, visit www,

The socicty will present a selection of animal and bird photographs, captured at the national safari parks in Tanzania, until Z1 June. The exhibition takes place at The Lytham Heritage Centre, I Henry Street, Lvll lain FYS 5LE. Open Tues-Surt, 10am-4pm. Entry tree. Tel: 01255 737327. Visit,uk.

RHS event

The Royal Horticultural Society Photographie Competition 2009 has opened, with £1,000 up for grabs to the winner. Adult categories are: Plant Portrait, Plant Close-up, Garcen View, Wildlife In hie Garcen, People in the Garden and Garden Edibles. Children can snter categories for Budding Photographer and In the Garden. Visit www.rk org.Jk/news/photocomp.asp.

Pinhole craze

More than 3,000 peoole took part in this year's Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, according to UK pubi cist Justin Quinnell. The 3,205 participants were asked to use pinhole cameras to capture 'lensless photographs' on 26 April. To view Hie results, visit

Gallery move

Liverpool's Oper Eye gallery will move to larger premises next year, in the meantime itsa/sitwill hold occasional exhibitions and host events. For details call 0151 7099460 or visit

Ilford revamps inkjet paper

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ILFORD has revamped Its Galerie range of Inkjet paper, claiming that Improvements will result in cleaner highlights and deeper shadows'

The firm says that the paper allows reproduction of a wider colour gamut.

The paper's ability to produce 'true black' is particiilarly noticeable when ctye Inks are used, said a spokesman.

The Improvements apply to Galerie Smooth, Gloss and Pearl sheets (from 6x4in to A3+}. For further details call 01782 753 300 or visit ww w Johnson

RNLI man bags RPS honour

A SENIOR helmsman at the RNLI has been awarded an Associateshlp (ARP5) by the Royal Photographic Society.

The RNLI said that Robin Goodlad won the honour for his Impressive images of the llfesavlng charity In action

Robin, who Is also a member of tie RNLI's Flo-Dd Rescue teari, said; 1 was able to capture unique Images that the media and the public don't normally get to see.'

He added: 'From rescues at sea to inland flooding in Tewkesbury and Glojcester,

RNLI's principle is the same, to save lives at risk from water, with tireless dedication. I hope I really captured this In my portfolio.'


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