There’s a new Fleet Street industry photo book out this week – Fleet Street Exposures – Diary of a photojournalist by Stephen Markeson who shot for News International (now News UK), home to The Times Newspapers, as a staff photographer for thirty five years.
“In this book Stephen allows the photographs to speak for themselves but brilliantly lets us in on some of the circumstances, opportunities and fortune that framed the story behind the story.” Charles Wilson, Editor of The Times 1985-1990
Publishers details: ‘The stories behind the pictures – Images and anecdotes that give a tantalising glimpse of the danger and glamour, tragedy and celebrity, seen through the lens of a talented photographer for whom every day was different and every frame counted.’
‘Stephen has compiled an intriguing collection of stories and images from the golden era of Fleet Street, when budgets were limitless, deadlines were tight and getting the film from the camera to the darkroom was often a challenge in itself. His determination saw him rise from messenger boy at The Times to the top of his profession as senior staff photojournalist for that paper, and his resourcefulness is apparent in many of the notes that accompany his iconic photographs. His life was far from ordinary, with experiences ranging from being shadowed by the KGB and threatened by the IRA to hoodwinking Maggie Thatcher and danc- ing with Elton John. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in recent history, journalism or photog- raphy and particularly in the drama and atmosphere of images shot on black and white film.’