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Industry People: Mike Hollingshead retires – career included AP Topfoto Popperfoto

Photo supplied: …it’s his security photo!

Hi Will,

Just to let you know so you can update your records, I will be retiring at the end of December.
The time has come to stop looking at pictures, 24 ½ years at AP, 5 years,  Topham, 13 years and Popperfoto.


All the best on that retirement Mike – thanks for reading PAN for the last 15 years and helping out on those hard-to-find image requests we get into the Press Photo History Project  …I trust  you will keep checking in!




Industry reaction:

“Enjoy a well-earned retirement Mike – and happy memories of analogue picture research despite our lengthy request lists for Chronicle!”  Susanna Harrison

Alan Smith at Topfoto says: “I first met Mike when he joined me at Popperfoto and I was very pleased when he followed me  to Topfoto. By then he had a very good general knowledge of how the industry worked and  in particular how the news agencies worked. His knowledge of their history grew greatly when he went to Associated Press and he is one of the few people left who carried that knowledge through to the digital age. All the best Mike. Alan.”

Carolyn Constantin says: “Memories of the good old days at Topham and Chronicle of the 20th Century. Guess your scouting days are over! I recommend retirement on the sunny Cote d’Azur.”

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