Ref NoOHP/52
TitleDon McPhee
Date7 November 2002
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file , 1 AIFF file (609.4 MB)
Creator NameMcPhee; Don (1945-2007); photographer
DescriptionInterview with Don McPhee, photographer for the Guardian. Conducted by David Marsh on 7 November 2002. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording and additional notes.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
00.00 Joined Guardian in July 1971
00.30 Worked for several newspapers before the Guardian
01.15 Applied for one of two photographer jobs
02.00 Hired by Geoffrey Taylor and Fred Armstrong
03.00 Joined because of the way the Guardian treated its pictures
03.30 Believes pictures are now chosen for their entertainment value as opposed to their relation to the story
05.00 Talks about pay
05.35 First assignment in Northern Ireland
06.00 Talks about how a 'wire team' and a portable darkroom had to be taken to every assignment
07.40 Describes wire transfer
08.20 Riots in Belfast

10.20 Didn't have rolling news, describes radio 4 news summaries
12.00 Problems with agency photographers
16.30 Trip to India
19.30 Networking

20.00 Enjoys ease of digital transfer
24.00 Using colour in photography
25.00 New and old techniques in photography
28.40 'Design has overtaken the use of pictures in newspapers'

30.00 Favourite jobs
35.00 Roles of journalists and photographers are very different
36.00 Most memorable moments

45.00 Technology dramatically changes the newspaper
47.00 Plate cameras to 2 1/4 square film to 35mm film and now digital cameras
48.30 How people react to pictures in different ways

55.00 Describes the Guardian as a wonderful paper
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Don McPhee

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