Neg search: Sweatman Hedgeland Ltd Maidstone, Kent

A Press Photo History reader is trying to trace the negative archive of Maidstone, Kent based photo agency Sweatman Hedgeland Ltd.

Hi Will,
This may be a long shot, I am a military vehicle historian and researcher and have recently obtained a small set of original photos of RAF trailers taken by Sweatman hedgeland photographers of Maidstone and would appreciate your assistance in obtaining a contact to find out if any of these world war two photos or negs are still in existence. Maidstone is in my area and i understand that the owner has recently died i believe at the beginning of this year and the reason i have contacted you is the company is in your listings, any assistance would be greatly appreciated
Regards
Les

It appears the owner of the agency Peter Hedgeland passed away at the beginning of this year. If you have any details please email or call Will UK mobile:07802437827 office:01622320011 Email will (at) pressphotohistory.com – Thanks.

Update:

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Owners found: Various orphaned images

Latest photos reunited through the PPHP. – cheers!

Dear Will,

Thanks for your help. I seem to have stumbled on just the right place and person.

I am writing a book for a small Amercan publisher in Oregon about the evacuation of children to America in World War II. There are a few photos I would like to consider using and would like to have permission to do so and find out what conditions or charge there would be.

The credits in the History are given as

Central Press Photos Terry Chambers: Lord Carrington, Bob Worcester and the Queen.
Alpha Photography/ Sport and general: Mrs. Roosevelt presented with flowers
Planet News: General Marshall and Prime Minister Attlee
PA: Attlee and Eisenhower
PA: Duke of Edinburgh, General Ridgeway, Churchill

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Alfred James Robinson – 56 years Staff at London News Agency Photos Ltd 1908 – 1964

I recently met with Sue Bonnington the granddaughter of a chap who worked in the photo department of London News Agency in Fleet Street for most of his working life…even returning in retirement. The LNA is an agency we are regularly asked to trace photo licensing enquires for. Thousand of their prints survive in newspaper archives around the world but the negative archive has disappeared. LNA was one of the leading agencies in the golden days of UK press photography so to have this detail from Sue is just great.

Here is the working life of Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1964

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↑ Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1964

Sue’s email to the Press Photo History Project:
Dear Will

I have been reading with interest the work that you are doing in compiling information about the Fleet Street news agencies.
My Grandfather Alfred Robinson worked as a photographer for the London News Agency from a young boy in the early 1900′s in fact he worked there from the day it started. I don’t actually know the date he started work there but I do have a presentation cigarette case (see photos below) for his 40 years service on the 40th birthday of LNA presented by Thomas McArthur. I have several photo’s of him and his colleagues who he worked with.
When he passed away in 1977 I was left his collection of photo’s which he took or printed during his time there. They include 2nd world war, royal family, silver screen film stars and general interest photo’s. Most of them have the LNA stamp on the back and a press release write up.
I would love to show you the collection for your advice of what to do with them as they are of great social interest.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Best wishes
Sue Bonnington

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↑ Sue with her Grandfathers cigarette case – and close up of the engraving ↓

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Timeline for Alfred James Robinson
Date or Birth: 2nd May 1894 in Greenwich, London.
He grew up in Islington the son of Alfred Robinson, who worked as a warehouseman for the Daily Express newspaper in Fleet Street.

Alfred left school aged 14 in 1908 and started work as a printer for the newly established London News Agency Photo’s Ltd – 46 Fleet Street and by 1914 he had become a staff photographer for the agency.

He served throughout WW1 with the 5th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 -1918 and the 31st Squadron of the RAF until 1919 as an air mechanic and observer photographer serving in France, Egypt, India and Afghanistan and clocked up over 600 hours flying time taking thousands of Arial photographs behind enemy lines.

He returned to LNA and continued to work for them as a press photographer until the agency closed in 1964 having worked for the LNA for 56 years. During that time he received his 40 year service award of cigarette case in 1948 on the 40th Anniversary of the LNA. He also received a watch for his 50th year service award and a clock on leaving the LNA in 1964.
He continued to work every day in Fleet Street for Industrial Photographic Features (London) Ltd. until his death on 4th June 1977 aged 83.
All photos supplied by Alfred’s Granddaughter Sue Bonnington

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↑ A wonderful early photo of Alfred with LNA workmates in what looks like a Fleet Street pub after work

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↑ Alfred with workmates photographed on what looks like the roof of the LNA building Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred at work printing photos at the LNA offices Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred preparing a shoot in the LNA studio

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↑ Alfred with workmates at LNA offices Fleet Street

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↑ London News Agency 46 Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred with Thomas McArthur, Director of the LNA

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↑ Alfred photographed in the LNA offices

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↑ Alfred receiving a watch from Thomas McArthur for his 50 years service award

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↑ A clock as his “retirement” award after 56 years service

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↑ Alfred in the RAF (1918) aged 22. Stationed in Risalpur India Rank: Air Mechanic 1st Class Rank (2nd) Photographer

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↑ other workmates or Key staff at LNA?

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If you have any LNA information please drop me a line

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‘Vision of War’ – the story of nine Daily Mirror photographers covering WW1

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Fergus McKenna, Head of Syndication & Licensing at Mirror Group, has published a web feature called ‘Vision of War’ which follows the nine Daily Mirror journalists who are known to have served either as press or official photographers within one or more theatres of the First World War. – on PhotoArchiveNews.com

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Searching for: Photographer Geoffrey Douglas Bolton – copyright to clear

This in from a London production company:
Good news – I have managed to make contact with relatives of the photographer ‘Smedley’, so this case can be closed now. Thank you for your help.
I wondered though if you might be able to make another post for us, relating to another photographer which we are trying to contact?
We are trying to track down a photographer, the details of which are as follows:

Geoffrey Douglas Bolton
Geoffrey Douglas Bolton published a variety of photographic travel books during the 1950s.
We would like to make contact with any relative or representative of Geoffrey Douglas Bolton regarding use of one of his stills.

Details and info to will@pressphotohistory.com

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AP’s Nick Ut – People Magazine interview

People Magazine have run a full interview with AP photographer Nick Ut about his experience covering the Napalm attack he photographed in 1972. People Magazine

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2nd Central Press Photos staff gathering sees ‘friends’ fly in from Australia, Spain and Italy

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↑ Meet the Class of Central Press Photos 62,63, 64…and Beyond

This photo in from Mike Conway who told PPHP: “Meet the Class of 62,63, 64…and Beyond. All gathered on the steps of the Knights Templar public house in Chancery Lane 17th May for a further major reunion of former Central Press Photos employees.”
“Twelve months on from the inaugural gathering the numbers were boosted to 19 by the arrival of colleagues from Australia, Spain and Italy, newly found CeePee vets in the Uk and a couple of welcome ‘Friends of Central Press’ to make it a truly special occasions.”
“A passer by was collared to ensure that everyone was in the frame for this very special image that all present will treasure.”

In the photo are ‘Central Pressers’ Alan Sparrow, Roger Jackson, Ernie Smith, Clifford Kent, Rob Taggart, Michael basstoe, John Sheppard, John Hercock, Ricky Macgregor, 2 x Brian Jones, Michael Stephans, Alan Coomes, John Wormley, Mike Conway, Roger Taylor. ‘Friends of Ceepee’ include Tony sapiano, Glenn Copus and Richard Watt (four others were unable to attend because of clash of holiday dates)

• View the 1st reunion photos and back stories to Central Press Photos Here
• View all Central Press articles Here

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Searching For: Carlton Artists – Advertising Photographers – Portman Square London

Updated: 29 May 2014
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↑ This in from Press Photo History Project reader: Justin Cowley
“Hello will ,
Here is photo I managed to find . My father John Cowley is in middle sitting on stool with back to us , I know his friend Mike Sargent op with blonde hair and white shirt but who the others are I’m afraid i do not know. This was taken I think in 1958/59″

4 March 2014
This in from PPHP reader Rebecca Warren:

‘My father used to work for Carleton Artists (could be ‘Carlton’ Artists) in Portman Square in 1959. They used to photograph many different adverts for publications such as women’s weekly and Hawkins Bazaar. He has been trying to trace them and i was wondering if you have heard anything about them?’

Answers on an email please: will@pressphotohistory.com | Call Will on 07802437827 – Thanks

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Looking For: Sport and General photo agency Staff 1959 – 1960

PPHP reader Philip Lawrence has sent us this note:

‘I used to work at Sport and General Press Agency in Gough Square between  1959 and early 1961, firstly as a messenger and then trainee in the darkrooms downstairs. I’d like to get in touch with anyone who was also there at the same time. Please get in touch by email  flashharry_2001@yahoo.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you.’

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‘The Golden Age of Photojournalism’ – the story of three photographic businesses 1930′s – 50′s

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↑ Alex McLaren self portrait with MPP camera

A fascinating new photographic exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, tells the story of three Perth photographic businesses at a time when the demand for newspaper photography grew hugely.
Details on PhotoArchiveNews.com

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