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Former photographer who worked from wheelchair dies

A former press photographer who worked from his wheelchair for more than more than 50 years has died at the age of 91.

Ron Davies’ career in the industry began after he suffered a motorcycle accident in 1950 which left him paralysed from the chest down and he went on to work for the Western Mail and Welsh language paper Y Cymro.

During his career, he also worked for various national newspapers and for the BBC and HTV, now ITV Cymru Wales, where he worked as a cameraman.

Ron, who was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to photography, died on Saturday at the age of 91

Friend Keith Morris, an Aberystwyth-based photographer, told the BBC that Ron had a talent “deep into the roots of society” and said there was an “honesty” in his work.

Ron’s interest in photography started as a young boy and he went on to work as an official war photographer in the Second World War, with the South East Asia command of the British Royal Air Force, where he was stationed in Indonesia, Singapore and India.

Following his motorcycle accident, he began working as a press photographer in Wales and later became a part-time photography lecturer.

Ron has had a number of photography books published, including Delweddau O Gymru/Images Of Wales, The Seven Wonders of Wales and Byd Ron/Ron’s World.

He was also accepted into the Welsh National Eisteddfod’s Bardic Circle.