Quentin Newark. In conversation with Alan and asking about his gained experience, he replied “I’ve been around the block a few times” then paused for a few seconds, coughed twice, replied, “I’m still active.”

Towards the end of the 1950s his apprenticeship started with the reputable Photographers Miles & Kay of 100 Southampton Row, working there for 4 years as a general assistant

Then moving to Sidney Newbury Photographers, Stockwell Terrace, Industrial, Commercial and Fine Art. His duties included assisting and darkroom printing.

He then joined the newly formed Jeremy Banks Asc including Anthony Rawlinson, Lewis Morley and Norman Parkinson as a printer.

From 1963 Alan was with Woburn Studios Ltd, 29/31 Brewery Road, for over 17 years as a senior printer / darkroom supervisor. While there, developing an extension to basic printing with renovation & reproduction of old and damaged photographs (pre digital of course).

With the widespread redundancies in 1980, Alan decided to go it alone and set up AJR Photographic Services and subsequently became widely known as and would answer to ‘AJR’.

To meet the oncoming digital revolution and to promote his identity, AJR became Alan J Robertson Photography.

Print produced at Sidney Newbury Photographers

CREDITS:

FILM & TV

Technical advisory service on photography, its processes, and providing the printing

Film:

Fairy Tale True Story. Dir, Charles Sturridge        

Photographing Fairies. Dir, Nick Willing

TV:    

Frank Sinatra Documentary                         

Bramwell TV series

Photographing Fairies film poster
Frank Sinatra

HISTORIC:

With Geofrey Crawley working on the Cottingly Fairies scenario

J Benjamin Stone. Photography in Africa (printing from original negatives)

Ursula Powys-Lybbe. Photography in Australia            

The Cottingley Fairies, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917
Photography in Australia
J Benjamin Stone. Photography in Africa

J Benjamin Stone. Photography in Africa

MUSIC:

Dezo Hoffman, personalities from the fifties and sixties

ARCHIVES/MUSEUMS:

Lambeth

Southwark

Surrey

Isle of Man

N.P. Gallery

His two distinctions are with the British Institute of Professional Photography and The Royal Photographic Society.