About Ian

Ian Tyas grew up in Dartford, Kent and after his schooling, he decided to travel.

As a fresh-faced teenager, he hitch-hiked along the A2 to Dover with a plan to head to the glamour of Paris.

In Paris he earned money by selling American newspapers outside hotels to tourists during the day and at night playing folk music with friends in various bars and clubs. This work provided him with meals as well as small change and a local youth hostel provided the bed for the night.

The bright lights of Paris soon waned and within six months Tyas was heading back to the UK to find a career route that might be more lucrative and still give him the chance to travel.

Reaching Normandy on his way back to England he sat under the porch of a church where he had time to think.

‘’Sheltering from the rain, feeling sorry for myself  I worked out what my next step should be …. Become a journalist and see the world but how?’’

Arriving home, he wrote to all the Fleet Street papers, photo agencies and the BBC. Most advised continuing with my education, but I wanted to continue living ‘real’ life.

Finally, he struck lucky and Bertram Garai of Keystone Press offered him a job as a ‘messenger boy’ which paid just enough wage to pay for a season ticket from Dartford to London.

Ian said ‘ Running around Fleet Street ,home of the newspaper industry for hundreds of years the heady aroma of ink from the huge printing machines, I found I was hooked for life.’

‘I learnt to print and create photos in the darkroom which I loved. I was then moved to the features department. I was still in my teens and living in Portobello Road during the 60’s. I photographed all around me and was very quickly made into the junior features photographer working alongside the great Chris Ware who helped and encouraged me a great deal. Chris also introduced me to a young French woman who became my wife, a marriage that has survived for 50 years.

Could an aspiring photographer do the same today? possibly, in many ways with new technology it is far easier to get work seen but in a very crowded market.

I’m sure it would less fun than when I did it but if you are determined and inclined then ‘just go for it’.

About Ian

Ian Tyas grew up in Dartford, Kent and after his schooling, he decided to travel.

As a fresh-faced teenager, he hitch-hiked along the A2 to Dover with a plan to head to the glamour of Paris.

In Paris he earned money by selling American newspapers outside hotels to tourists during the day and at night playing folk music with friends in various bars and clubs. This work provided him with meals as well as small change and a local youth hostel provided the bed for the night.

The bright lights of Paris soon waned and within six months Tyas was heading back to the UK to find a career route that might be more lucrative and still give him the chance to travel.

Reaching Normandy on his way back to England he sat under the porch of a church where he had time to think.

‘’Sheltering from the rain, feeling sorry for myself  I worked out what my next step should be …. Become a journalist and see the world but how?’’

Arriving home, he wrote to all the Fleet Street papers, photo agencies and the BBC. Most advised continuing with my education, but I wanted to continue living ‘real’ life.

Finally, he struck lucky and Bertram Garai of Keystone Press offered him a job as a ‘messenger boy’ which paid just enough wage to pay for a season ticket from Dartford to London.

Ian said ‘ Running around Fleet Street ,home of the newspaper industry for hundreds of years the heady aroma of ink from the huge printing machines, I found I was hooked for life.’

‘I learnt to print and create photos in the darkroom which I loved. I was then moved to the features department. I was still in my teens and living in Portobello Road during the 60’s. I photographed all around me and was very quickly made into the junior features photographer working alongside the great Chris Ware who helped and encouraged me a great deal. Chris also introduced me to a young French woman who became my wife, a marriage that has survived for 50 years.

Could an aspiring photographer do the same today? possibly, in many ways with new technology it is far easier to get work seen but in a very crowded market.

I’m sure it would less fun than when I did it but if you are determined and inclined then ‘just go for it’.

George Best by Ian Tyas

a baby chick feels the weight of an elephants foot at Sherwood Zoo . This photograph taken by Ian Tyas a photographer for Keystone Picture Agency was taken to illustrate Easter.

Puppies by Ian Tyas

16th May 1972: These Swedish fox hound pups from Yorkshire have broken the record for a litter of pups. Normally there are only six per litter, but this litter of ten, born at Sherwood Zoo, Nottingham, exceeded all expectations. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Dapper Jones by Ian Tyas

1968: Welsh musical legend and sex symbol Tom Jones, adjusts his clothing prior to going on stage at the Central Pier in Blackpool. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Test Card F by Ian Tyas

10th March 1969: Carole Hersee, the daughter of test card designer George Hersee, posing for a new version of Test Card F at the Thames studios in teddington. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)

Queen by Ian Tyas

September 1976: British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which was No 1 for 9 weeks. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 – 1991). (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)

Dixieland Jazz Champions by Ian Tyas

12th August 1981: A member of the Dixieland Jazz Champions from California, Dan Zeilinger, being watched by a young boy as he practices with his tuba for a concert on the Victoria Embankment. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)

Battersea Power Station by Ian Tyas

9th July 1981: The Gothic-style towers of Battersea Power Station on London’s River Thames. Designed by leading architect Giles Scott, the impressive building is due for closure in 1983 but an alternative plan to utilise the site has not yet been decided upon. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)