William ‘Bill’ Lovelace worked for the Daily Express during the newspaper’s ‘golden’ period, the1950s and 1960s. During that period the Express was arguably unchallenged in terms of the quality of its news pictures.
Employing around 60 photographers at the time, Bill was a true photojournalist in every sense of the word and his work can arguably be compared with that of Terry Fincher who won many awards during that time.
Others employed by The Express were Harry Benson, Reg Lancaster, George Stroud and Terry Disney to name but a few.
In 1955 he joined the staff of the Daily Express and stayed for 36 years. After just one year with the newspaper he was asked to set up the Paris bureau. After two highly successful years he returned to London and in 1958 was again asked to set up another bureau overseas – this time in New York.
Lovelace’s five years in the US produced some of the most memorable material of his career from the Civil Rights disturbances in the south to the Beatles tours in the north. Bill’s ability to get extremely close to his subjects was uncanny and his intimate portraits of personalities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Luther King are perfect examples.
Returning to London in 1965, Bill covered news stories all over the world for the next 20 years until he decided to take early retirement in 1986 though he continued to work for the newspaper on a part-time basis until 1991.