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Photographer shot in line of duty exhibits work

A former regional press photographer who was shot twice in the line of duty is showcasing his work in a new exhibition.

John James, who worked for the Birmingham Post and Mail for over three decades, has collated some of his work from the 1970s, 80s and 90s for the show at Hartlebury Castle near Kidderminster.

It covers subjects including local people, animals and landscapes and also features photos of visits by dignitaries such as Prince Charles and Tony Blair to Worcestershire.

There are also images of hard news stories such as strikes, aviation disasters and funerals alongside pictures from former hostage Terry Waite’s homecoming and the release of the Birmingham Six.

John said: “I got to travel the world & meet fascinating people from all walks of life, but it’s not all glitz and glamour.

“I have been shot at twice, arrested twice, and was badly injured in the Handsworth riots, all for a good picture.

“Some of the images in the exhibition may be a bit hard-hitting but others will bring back fond memories.

“The most satisfying thing for me is to take a picture that makes people smile.”

Alongside the photos will some of the different cameras John has worked with, cuttings featuring his pictures and other memorabilia.

  • Life Through the Lens is open now and runs until 18 April at Hartlebury Castle – for details visit the museum website.
  • Comments

    Paul Delmar (25/01/2010 14:29:04)
    A fantastic chance to see the work of a man I consider one of the best News photographers of our time..good luck JJ.