John Rogers grew up near the Lace markets in Nottingham, now living in London, I bought my first camera at the age of 12 and a book by American photographer Andreas Feininger ‘The Complete Photographer’ which ‘became my bible’.
After working an NCTJ apprenticeship at the Eastern Daily Press and Evening news in Norwich,he moved to freelance in London mainly for the Daily Express and The Sun Newspapers, winning News Photographer of the Year in 1983 He became a staff photographer at the Daily Express working with some of the greatest press photographers in the world. Shooting many world exclusives including the first Picture of ’The Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe, after his arrest and on the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey.
He covered The Lebanon war,the Iranian and Libyan embassy sieges capturing several more world exclusives after which was the first photographer to be asked to join the technologically advanced colour Newspaper ‘Today’ launched by Eddie Shah ‘It gave me the opportunity to break the mould that press photographers could only shoot in black and white’.
He returned to freelancing to exploit his new talents working for most of the Sunday Supplement Magazines including a 6 year spell travelling the world for The Sunday Mail ‘You Magazine, visiting most continents in the world and more than 200 trips abroad.