Monday 2 March

EXHIBITION Steve Schapiro: images from the Godfather, until 28 March at Hamiltons, 13 Carlos Place, London WIK. Tel: 0207 499 9493. Visit www. hamiltonsgallery.com. EXHIBITION Photographs of Darwin, until 31 May at National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H. Tel: 0207 306 0055.

TUESDAY 3 MARCH

EXHIBITION England Observed by John Gay, until 29 March at Kenwood House, Hampstead, London NW3. Tä: 0207 973 3893. Visit www. english-heritageorg.uk. EXHIBITION Images by Christopher Harland, until 15 March at The Ropewalk Gallery, Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18. Visit www.the-ropewalk.co.uk.

Jessops set to shed 180 jobs

JESSOPS, Britain's biggest photographic retailer, plans to close 17 'loss-making' stores by the end of this month with the loss of up to 130 staff. In addition, up to 50 staff will be laid off at the store's head office in Leicester following a month-long consultation process, said chairman David Adams.

Jessops says it will redeploy staff in other stores wherever possible.

Adams stressed that the cutbacks were needed to maintain Jessops as a viable business and satisfy its bankers.

He said the shops to be closed account for just 3% of the group's annual turnover.

The closures, which are mainly in Scotland (see right), follow the recent closure of four other outlets, including ones in York and Manchester.

These were closed after Jessops' leases on these premises expired, said Adams.

Asked whether there would be more closures to come, Adams told AP that Jessops will not be embarking on a programme of 'death by a thousand cuts', where it closes more stores until it ends up with nothing.

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