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Letter of the Week

Letter of the Week

Letter of the Week – 23 July 2016

Recognising faces

I’m writing about Terry O’Neill’s picture of the Rolling Stones titled ‘Soho, London, 17 January 1964’, which appeared in AP 11 June. I was amazed when I recognised the person in the background: the balding chap standing on the back of the lorry outside the Tesco warehouse. That picture took me back to when I joined Tesco as a 23-year-old lorry driver in 1967. The chap’s first name was Ron, but I can’t remember his surname.

Soho, London, 17 January 1964. © Iconic Images/Terry-O'Neill

Soho, London, 17 January 1964. © Iconic Images/Terry O’Neill

This picture is very relevant to me because it was around this time that I first became interested in photography. I remember my first camera being a Halina that I managed to get caught in my car door after a shoot at a Tesco football match, thus rendering it useless; I then went on to buy many different cameras, mostly SLRs, over the years and have ended up with a collection of 33 Nikons including my current Df. Thank you so much for the memory jogger and the great magazine. Keep up the good work. – Alan Culley, Hertfordshire

I’m not sure what impresses me most, Alan: the fact that you recognise the man in the background of one of O’Neill’s Rolling Stones pictures, or that you have 33 Nikons. Fit your living room out with wood panelling and some glass cabinets and you could be Hertfordshire’s answer to Grays of Westminster! – Nigel Atherton, Editor

Read the full article on the Rolling Stones here 



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