Celebrating Fleet Street photographers at the Frontline Club

January 12, 2012 | By Bob Ahern | Archive, Community, Photography, Photojournalism

Last month more than 40 photographers from the golden age of Britain’s Fleet Street travelled from all over the world to gather at London’s Frontline Club for a rare chance to reunite with old colleagues.

Fleet Street was, of course, the storied home to the British press and newspaper industry, and the exploits of those who worked in and around it are legendary. And this group was no exception; documenting some of the most important news stories of the past 60 years. It’s impossible to recount everything these photographers have witnessed — that task may fall to documentary makers who are looking to tell the stories behind their pictures later this year. But between them, they have chronicled wars, famines and disasters, movie legends, royalty and rock stars. So to have so many venerable names under one roof was a truly unique occasion, and one captured for posterity by Getty Images News photographer Oli Scarff. Take a look back at some of their incredible work here.

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Image 1:  Former fleet street photographers reunite for a Christmas lunch at the Frontline Club on December 17, 2011 in London, England. The reunion, which last took place five years ago, brought together photographers who collectively have hundreds of years of experience of capturing images for the British press. L-R Back row: Paul Harris, Jonathan Buckmaster, Roger Allen, Tom Stoddart, Dave Hogan, Mike Moore, Bob Barclay, Les Wilson, Paul Felix, Bill Rowntree, David Hartley, Mike Forster, Matthew Butson. L-R Standing: Rob Taggart, Barry Gomer, Mike Lawn, Tim Cornell, Steve Back, David Ofield, Ken Towner, John Mead, Tim Graham, Paul Hackett. L-R Seated: Graham Wood, Paul Massey, Douglas Morrison, Clive Limpkin, Reg Lancaster, Peter Shirley, Anwar Hussein, Roger Bamber, Colin Davey. L-R Floor: Bob Ahern, David Cairns, John Rogers, John Downing, Peter Jordan.   (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Image 2: 20th December 1967:  A bunny girl croupier at the Playboy club supervises a roulette wheel.  (Photo by David Cairns/Express/Getty Images)

Image 3: British Prime Minister Margaret H. Thatcher waves from a British-made MG sports car at Downing St on April 1, 1987.  (Photo by Peter Jordan/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Image 4: A well-nourished Sudanese man steals maize from a starving child during a food distribution at Medecins Sans Frontieres feeding centre at Ajiep, southern Sudan, in 1998. (Photo By Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)

Image 5: Keith Moon (1947 – 1978), drummer of British group The Who, with his girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax at the film premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story” in London, 6th September 1978. Moon died the following day from an overdose of prescription drugs. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

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