August 5 2022: Sad news.
The PPHP received this message from Owen’s wife Ellen: “It is with a heavy heart I must inform you that my husband Ray Wellingson passed away on June 30th.”
Ellen will be sending the PPHP a few letters relating to Owen’s time with the Daily Mirror – update soon.
July 21 2022: Found! and Great news!
Owen’s son Clive has been in touch and tell’s us:
‘Proud to say this is my father.’
‘He’s still going strong’
The PPHP have put everyone in touch via email.
Jan 26 2018: A PPHP reader and photo researcher is trying to track down Freelance sports photographer Owen Barnes …answers on an email please to firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16 2018:
I live in Canada but I worked in 60s and 70s in the Daily Mirror Darkrooms 33 Holborn 1964 – 1974. I knew Owen Barnes. He was one of may stringers they used he was known as Barnes of Stanmore. Aged now guessing 70 + no idea if alive. By the way stringers were known as where they worked.
Never met him once. But Barnes was snobbish fellow always wanted his films processed like a masterpiece.
At that time we knew these guys for their names as hardly met them. Barnes came into the Mirror though.
Names I recall:
Louis Garnade of 1 Jesus Lane, Cambridge ( known to be at this address 1965/66) the first UK winner of the World Press Award.