Roger Jackson

I left school at 15 and started work in Fleet Street on Jan. 1st 1962 for Central Press Photo’s a Fleet St. photo agency who had offices at 6-7 Gough Sqr.

I stayed at CP until 1979 when I joined the Associated Press as a picture editor. My photography days took a back seat then as it was frowned upon for editors to be photographers as well. Strange when you consider that photographers are expected to multi task these days. Joining AP meant the chance to travel and so it was that I went to four Summer and Winter Olympics, five World Cup’s and Euro Championships plus Papal and US Presidential visits.

I retired from AP in 2009 and continue to use a camera still looking for that picture that will interest a newspaper picture desk. As an example the Viking Sea and fireworks picture was use in the Daily Telegraph across four columns this year. So by my reckoning I have been a published photographer for 55 years.