A warm welcome to former press and celebrity photographer Larry Ellis as a judge for this year’s IWPOY.
Press Photographer Larry Ellis was born in East London in 1931. Like many who were eager to join the rank and file of Fleet Street, he started at the bottom – as a messenger boy for Central Press Photos – before quickly progressing to darkrooms and assignment work.
In 1951 he joined the Press Association and was taken on by the Daily Express, soon working his way up to be their official Show Business Photographer. In fact Larry performed a dual role he’d shoot celebrities for the Daily Express during the week and would switch to sports coverage over the weekend for the Sunday Express – predominantly football, rugby, golf and cricket.
Larry, now retired lives on the Isle of Wight and can still talk the hind legs off of a donkey. In fairness to the Donkey Sanctuary we will keep that location under wraps – his favourite phrase is “to cut a long story short…” but he never does! Continue reading