Wesley

PhotographerPaul Berriff
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Five year old Wesley relaxes after a busy day playing with his friends.

About Photographer

I have been behind the camera for over 50 years. I started taking pictures of street life in my home city of Leeds, England in 1961 at the age of 13. By the age of 15 I used legendary pop groups such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to practice my photographic skills. These early images of mine have now become famous worldwide. and sought after by collectors. After leaving school I became a press photographer on my local newspaper. After 4 years on the paper I moved to television and at the age of 22 became the youngest film cameraman to work for BBC Television. In the late 70's I left the BBC and formed my own TV production company producing and directing documentary films. I have been presented with over 18 international awards for my documentary productions. During my career I have had three close death experiences while in pursuit of the perfect picture. I was knocked unconscious with the collapse of the WTC while filming the FDNY assistant fire chief. As well as film making I am also a fine art photographer and now prefer to be photographing people and stormy weather conditions especially in monochrome with film and the cameras I used all those years ago.