About John

John Downing witnessed the magic of the dark room as a 13 year old and his life was changed forever.

He joined the Daily Mail as an apprentice in 1973 and served a five year apprenticeship. At the end of his training he joined the Daily Express as a freelance and got a break when he was sent on his first foreign trip in 1978 to East Pakistan.

The photographs that the young Downing produced were considered so strong by his picture desk that they were entered into the World Press Photo competition where he gained a respectful runners up award, impressive for a relative newcomer.

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This was the first of many awards that John downing has earned throughout his career that has seen him in many war zones and in areas of great danger throughout his career.

He has won the British Press Photographer of the Year Award an unprecedented seven times, the Photokina Gold Medal (1978), twice runner-up in the World Press Photo Competition (1972 and 1978), United Nations Gold Medal (1990 – Photography section), Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1990), Kodak Press Awards (overall winner – 1992), British Airways London Eye Competition (overall winner – 2001) and he was International Photographer of the Year (1994 – La Nation, Argentina). In 1992 he was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to journalism.’ And in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Picture Editors Guild.

About John

John Downing witnessed the magic of the dark room as a 13 year old and his life was changed forever.

He joined the Daily Mail as an apprentice in 1973 and served a five year apprenticeship. At the end of his training he joined the Daily Express as a freelance and got a break when he was sent on his first foreign trip in 1978 to East Pakistan.

The photographs that the young Downing produced were considered so strong by his picture desk that they were entered into the World Press Photo competition where he gained a respectful runners up award, impressive for a relative newcomer.

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This was the first of many awards that John downing has earned throughout his career that has seen him in many war zones and in areas of great danger throughout his career.

He has won the British Press Photographer of the Year Award an unprecedented seven times, the Photokina Gold Medal (1978), twice runner-up in the World Press Photo Competition (1972 and 1978), United Nations Gold Medal (1990 – Photography section), Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1990), Kodak Press Awards (overall winner – 1992), British Airways London Eye Competition (overall winner – 2001) and he was International Photographer of the Year (1994 – La Nation, Argentina). In 1992 he was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to journalism.’ And in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Picture Editors Guild.

Richard Harris by John Downing

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Irish actor Richard Harris (1930 – 2002) reclines with a cigarette in London in 1982. Harris was born in the town of Limerick in County Limerick, Ireland. in October 1930. He was the youngest of nine children. He started his film career in 1958 and made his final appearances as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. During his career, he is credited with appearing in over seventy movies and many stage performances and was most notable on stage for his performance in Camelot.    (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

McCartney At Sgt. Peppers Launch by John Downing

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Paul McCartney at the press launch for the Beatles’ new album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, held at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel Street, London, 19th May 1967. (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

Sergeant Pepper Launch by John Downing

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The Beatles at the press launch for their new album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, held at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel Street, London, 19th May 1967. Left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon (1940 – 1980) and George Harrison (1943  2001). (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

Nuns In The Sun by John Downing

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A group of nuns chatting outside a beach hut in Bexhill-on-Sea, 1985. The photographer John Downing was a multi-award-winning photographer. He won the  British Press Photographer of the Year Award an unprecedented seven times, the Photokina Gold Medal (1978), twice runner-up in the World Press Photo Competition (1972 and 1978), United Nations Gold Medal (1990 – Photography section), Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1990), Kodak Press Awards (overall winner – 1992), British Airways London Eye Competition (overall winner – 2001) and he was International Photographer of the Year (1994 – La Nation, Argentina). In 1992 he was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to journalism.’ And in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Picture Editors Guild.(Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

British Summertime by John Downing

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3rd August 1982.  Holidaymakers enjoy Blackpool beach. Blackpool is on the Lancashire coast and has been a popular seaside resort from the late 18th century. People would visit to take in the sea air. Its popularity grew in the 1800’s when a railway line connecting it to the industrialised areas was completed in 1840. Despite changes of attitudes and venues for the British holidaymaker Blackpool continues to attract millions of visitors every year (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

Elvis RIP by John Downing

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Fans with special prayer sheets at a memorial service for Elvis Presley held in London just after the singer’s death on the 16th August 1977. Elvis died at his home, Graceland.,Memphis Tennesee. Thousands of fans flocked to Memphis to pay their respects to ‘The King’. Elvis starred in 33 films and sold more than a billion records and continues to sell over a million albums each year making him one of the highest-earning deceased stars(Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

Silent Knights by John Downing (Copy)

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21st May 1974: A chainmail-clad Sir Lancelot the Brave aka  John Cleese reads a newspaper while Graham Chapman,cast as  Arthur King of Britons , smokes a quiet pipe on the set of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. (Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images)

Peter Cook and his cats by John Downing

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8th November 1965: British comedian and satirist Peter Cook (1937 – 1995) with his cats in a basket. 1965 saw the beginning of the TV series  Not Only ….But Also  a satirical TV show that was shown between 1965 and 1970 . He was partnered by Dudley Moore for the duration of the 22 episodes .(Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images)

Rotten Row by John Downing

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The sun breaks through the trees as horses are exercised along Rotten Row, in London’s Hyde Park, circa 1965. Rotten row has been accessible to horse riders in London from the 17th century.  Route De Roi was its original name ,which meant Kings Road in French but the name was corrupted by locals.  (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

Silent Knights by John Downing

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21st May 1974: A chainmail-clad Sir Lancelot the Brave aka John Cleese reads a newspaper while Graham Chapman, cast as  Arthur King of Britons, smokes a  pipe on the set of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. (Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images) Hulton Getty Getty Images photographer John Downing

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St. Paul’s In The Blitz by Herbert Mason

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The Blitz: World War II: Britain: Air Raids: Fire of London. A symbol of survival.

St Paul’s Cathedral rises above the smoke and flames of one of the worst nights of bombing experienced in Britain.

On 29th December 1940 when the Thames was a low watermark and after the early bombing run had severed the water mains, the Luftwaffe’s aircraft dropped more than 10,000 incendiary bombs on the City. By some miracle, the landmark church and its dome remained untouched as thousands of firefighters and troops fought to prevent the ancient heart of London being destroyed by an inferno.

The picture was taken by Daily Mail photographer Herbert Mason – it became one of the most famous images of the war. When German bombers were making one of their heaviest raids, Mason climbed to the roof of the newspaper’s headquarters Northcliffe House. With incendiaries falling around him, he watched building after building around St Paul’s ablaze. Then he caught a glimpse of the Cathedral in a momentary gap in the smoke and recorded his historic picture. This picture is one of the huge Northcliffe collection