John's first experience with a camera was whilst he was still at school and there was an unused dark room in the art department. His arts teacher encouraged him to take full advantage of this facility and to take an O Level in photography. This led to him working for the Nottingham Evening Post during the summer, landing him a place on the training press photography course. John began his career in 1974 and over the following ten years worked as a photographer for various national newspapers including The Daily Express, The Sun and The Times. This was a very demanding period of time for the press as the threat of the IRA was high and John worked both day and night covering all sorts of crime scenes and court cases. John’s breakthrough came in 1982 when he took the world-exclusive photo of the Yorkshire Ripper, a shot that created high demand for John’s work. The following year was the headline story of the police shooting of Stephen Waldorf misidentified as an escaped prisoner, David Martin. John's image of the Mini with the bullet-shattered back window made the front page of all the newspapers. Less than two weeks later, John got the first picture of the arrest of the real David Martin at Belsize Park station. In the same year, John won the News Photographer of the Year award. In 1986, colour photography was in much higher demand and John began to work for You Magazine (Mail on Sunday). He began to steer away from hard-hitting press photography to editorial and advertising shoots. In 2012, John was asked to assist on a documentary that would take him to a refugee camp in Somalia. It was organised by the charity Red Crescent and they were funded $10 million by the Prince of Dubai to raise awareness for the innocent people, particularly the women and children of Somalia. It was regarded at the time as one of the most dangerous places in the world, so John and the rest of the team had to be insured for $1 million each as the risk of kidnap was so high. They also had a team of 15 armed ex-military soldiers, were monitored by a separate team in Kenya and travelled in bulletproof cars at all times. Despite the risk, John and team were successful in their documentary and the lives of the people suffering were improved over time by the funds of the charitable donations. For the last 30 years and to this day, John has thrived and become very well known in the television, production and advertisement industries, having been involved on several major TV dramas for ITV, Sky TV and BBC to name but a few. “Fixation not only supplies professional equipment to professional photographers at the best prices, but they understand professional photographers’ needs,” says John. “They understand the frustrations and problems in overcoming difficult, technical and logistical requirements providing the best support possible to get the best photographs possible!”
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