Updated 3 May: Hi Will,
Bob Aylott asked me last week for help in naming the Photographer in the Balcony Photo 1977 I do not know if it is the same one that Bob told me about if it is.
I think it was taken by Denis Oulds who worked for Central Press for many years,if the caption on back has the letters M-O, then the O,stands for Oulds and on talking to Ernie Smith who now is deputy picture editor at the Daily Star and was a caption writer at Central Press at the time ,
The First letter M ,was the initial of the caption writer, and Ernie thinks it was M for Murphy.
I worked at Central Press when leaving school,and at Sport & General from 1965 until 1971,
It is good that some one is at last is trying to give the Photographers whether alive or dead,the credit for taking these great pictures instead of just the name of the new owners of the negatives.
Hope this is of some help.
Yours Tony Sapiano.
——————————————–April 27: This in from Zoe – at the BBC Diamond Jubilee team
It was a pleasure to speak with you just now, and thank you for offering to assist me with my predicament!
I am trying to find the photographer, or someone from the pool of photographers, that took the now famous Royal Family scene – waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace – during the 1977 Silver Jubilee. I have attached the image.
I know that the image belonged to the now closed Central Press Agency and that the photographers working for Central agreed to pool their rights.
There are some mysterious initials on the negative of the image itself “M.O.” but Getty Images, who now own the rights to the archive, have no further information about who this person might be.
I appreciate that 1977 was now 35 years ago, and M.O may no longer be available but I’m hopeful that someone that was there, in the pool, may be willing to talk to me. I can be reached by phone or email (details below).
I do hope you and your subscribers might be able to help, and I certainly look forward to hearing back if you get any leads!
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