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photoblog image A Look Inside Shugborough House 5/7

A Look Inside Shugborough House 5/7

And so to Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th.Earl of Lichfield, who died on 11th.November, 2005, aged 66, from a stroke.  Lord Lichfield was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, and joined the Grenadier Guards in 1959.  On leaving the Army in 1962, he began to work as a photographer's assistant, and built up his own reputation, partly as a result of having access to the Royal Family.  He was selected to take the official photographs of the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and subsequently became one of the UK's best-known photographers.  From 1999 onwards he was a pioneer of digital photography at a professional standard.  He was chosen by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to take official pictures of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.  On the first floor is this display of some of his own studio equipment that he used during his career, and to one side there is an excellent exhibition of some his best known, and not so well known work.

 

A Look Inside Shugborough House 5/7

And so to Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th.Earl of Lichfield, who died on 11th.November, 2005, aged 66, from a stroke.  Lord Lichfield was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, and joined the Grenadier Guards in 1959.  On leaving the Army in 1962, he began to work as a photographer's assistant, and built up his own reputation, partly as a result of having access to the Royal Family.  He was selected to take the official photographs of the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and subsequently became one of the UK's best-known photographers.  From 1999 onwards he was a pioneer of digital photography at a professional standard.  He was chosen by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to take official pictures of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.  On the first floor is this display of some of his own studio equipment that he used during his career, and to one side there is an excellent exhibition of some his best known, and not so well known work.

 

comments (21)

Studio gear, bring back memories of working on ad shoots with photographers in London, something I always enjoyed.
Brian Walbey: I have never really got into the use of studio gear although I had a modest lighting set for many years, but it is different if you are doing it for a living of course.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 May 2012, 01:21
This would all be familiar to you, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Well a bit Ray, I used to have studio lights but never really got the hang of them, and when electronic stuff came along I lost interest. Not my favourite type of photography.
Most impressive Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Elizabeth, but not quite as sophisticated as modern studio equipment.
This is like photographers heaven Brian... did he ever take photos without all of those lightssmile....petersmile
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Peter. Re the 2nd.part of your comment if you find time to click on the link you will find a host of his images, many of which are taken in natural light, and they are superb.
Thanks for this insight Brian
Brian Walbey: A pleasure Richard, there are some great images on the link I supplied.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2012, 07:08
Now I never knew that he was dead (or more likely I've forgotten sad ) Being a photographer seem to make him more human than some of the usual Lords who are so out of touch with real life. This would have been a fascinating sight to see.
Brian Walbey: I knew he had dies but not why. I'm glad this kit has been kept and displayed like this, and the selection of his images are very good indeed.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2012, 07:17
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow! That's quite a career rise, Brian. smile
Brian Walbey: Well he was distantly related to our Queen but was a very competent photographer in his own right. If you get time one day you might find it enjoyable to click on the link to see what excellent work he used to do.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2012, 07:31
Impressive career and equipment.
Must have been a great place to visit, too.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely place Astrid, and of course some of this equipment looks decidedly dated nowadays.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 May 2012, 07:33
It all set for a good portrait session
Brian Walbey: Looks that way doesn't it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2012, 07:40
Very interesting Brian: he was a very fine photographer indeed
Brian Walbey: Indeed he was Chris, there are some great images on the link I put in.
It is worth the visit just to see his pictures Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes I was really pleased at this part of the walk round the house Bill, even the few pictures they have on show highlight his excellent ability.
Fascinating to see this set-up Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Fred, although some of it looks decidedly dated now doesn't it.
It looks a bit of a mess but I won't hold that against him.
Brian Walbey: Well he wouldn't have been there to set it up this time I guess Chad, well perhaps in spirit!
Wish I had some of that gear
Brian Walbey: Don't we all Chantal.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2012, 10:01
Very interesting exhibit Brian - more so to me than a case of glassware anyway ;o)
Brian Walbey: Yes I'd go along with that Mike, I like going round these houses but ornaments etc.do very little for me at all.
An impressive array of equipment, Brian thanks for the background too smile
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Martin, a pleasure to supply the information about Lichfield himself as well.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 May 2012, 12:22
That must have been very interesting, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Lisl, most of the kit is of the type that is now out of date.
He was so well known, his early demise was tragic.
Brian Walbey: He was indeed Martin, and he done some great images IMHO.
He obviously had all the gear smile
Brian Walbey: He did indeed Tom, and good photographer that he was, no doubt also the staff to set it all up for him like most of the "big names" we read and hear about.
Wow, this is quite an impressive studio Brian!
Brian Walbey: WEll this is a corner of one of the upstairs rooms but I guess his studio in London would have been very impressive.
It all seems to have been shoved in a little corner. I'd have thought a proper display situation would have been appropriate.
Brian Walbey: The room isn't all that big Graeme, it would be ice if more room was allowed for this lot with a proper set up of a backscene.

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