Ref NoOHP/47
TitleNeil Libbert
Date19 December 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 1 AIFF file (251 MB)
Creator NameLibbert; Neil; photographer
DescriptionInterview with Neil Libbert, photographer for the Guardian and the Observer. Conducted by Stephen Pritchard on 19 December 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
00:56 Started working for the Guardian in Manchester in 1958 [freelance], joined the staff in1960
01.03 Moved to London in 1961 when the printing left Manchester
01.16 Left the Guardian in 1965 and joined the Sunday Times
01.36 Started working for the Observer in September 1968
02.13 Interested in photography since school
02.26 Inspired by the photographer Cartier Bresson
03.10 Attended the Regional College of Art in Manchester
03.48 First picture in Guardian was of the Cosack Dance Company in Manchester
04.35 Discusses mentor, Phil Tucker, assistant arts editor in Manchester
05.08 First commission for the Guardian was covering a Beatniks party
05.33 First out of town commission was to the Lake District over Christmas
06.21 As an Observer photographer covered mainly politics, news and sport
07.00 In those days you covered everything, whereas today photographers specialise
07.51 The pressure of covering World Cup finals
09.14 Now mainly associated with opera and theatre
09.43 Foreign assignments to the Middle East and Southern African

11.02 Photography awards: Tom Hopkinson award for pictures of homeless people and DHSS offices
11.29 Difficulties of photojournalism
12:18 People objecting to being photographed
12.34 How technology has changed over the years
13.14 Has always used manual cameras, not digital or automatic cameras
13.52 Practicalities of photographing a sound medium such as opera
15.53 Photographing Stravinsky rehearsing at Holborn Hall
17.20 Photographing 'the greats'[conductors] including Sir Simon Rattle

20.33 Visually the Observer arts pages look fine
20.49 The Sunday Times used to be the competitor, now it's the Independent
21.36 Discuss the possibility of having an Observer Arts magazine
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess via GNM Digital Repository
FormatMinidisc recording
CD recording
Printed document
Electronic record
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Neil Libbert

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