Donald Campbell dies in Bluebird (2/3) by Michael Brennan

On the 4th of January 1967 the eyes of the world were drawn to a cold, deep stretch of water in the English Lake District.

Donald Campbell was the holder of eight world speed records and was the only person to set both land and water world speed records. Following in his father’s footsteps, Sir Malcolm Campbell, who had held 13 world speed records in the twenties and thirties Donald seemed determined to beat his father’s records.

He died seconds before breaking his own water speed record as his jet powered boat Bluebird K7 summersaulted and broke up as it impacted with the water.

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    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

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    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

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    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

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About Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan was born in Sheffield in the north of England in August 1943. He began his career as a messenger boy, so often the route into newspapers for many aspiring photographers.

The family travelled south to the London suburb of Croydon where he joined the Croydon Times.

Brennan learned what he calls the ‘then well-respected trade of newspaper photography’ after taking a job with South London’s Croydon Times. One of Brennan’s neighbours was George Phillips (see the work of George Phillips on Fleet Streets Finest) a photographer who influenced Michael and who gave him tips on photography.

After six years at The Croydon Times, he moved back to the north and worked as a photographer for The Sunday People and the Daily Herald and later the newly formed Sun newspaper.

Fate played a hand and his big break came for him with the tragic death of Donald Campbell. He was assigned to Coniston Water where Donald Campbell was attempting the world water speed record. His work from that day won Brennan the British News Picture of the year award.

Brennan then took his talents to the Daily Mail newspaper who assigned him to New York where he lived for the next thirty years.

Brennan time was spent taking photos of American notables, and he also accepted photo assignments for magazine such as Sports Illustrated where an assignment led to a series of photos of the boxer Muhammad Ali, one of the pictures taken in 1977 has been called ‘iconic’ and is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Micheal Brennan is now retired and living in Costa Rica.

About Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan was born in Sheffield in the north of England in August 1943. He began his career as a messenger boy, so often the route into newspapers for many aspiring photographers.

The family travelled south to the London suburb of Croydon where he joined the Croydon Times.

Brennan learned what he calls the ‘then well-respected trade of newspaper photography’ after taking a job with South London’s Croydon Times. One of Brennan’s neighbours was George Phillips (see the work of George Phillips on Fleet Streets Finest) a photographer who influenced Michael and who gave him tips on photography.

After six years at The Croydon Times, he moved back to the north and worked as a photographer for The Sunday People and the Daily Herald and later the newly formed Sun newspaper.

Fate played a hand and his big break came for him with the tragic death of Donald Campbell. He was assigned to Coniston Water where Donald Campbell was attempting the world water speed record. His work from that day won Brennan the British News Picture of the year award.

Brennan then took his talents to the Daily Mail newspaper who assigned him to New York where he lived for the next thirty years.

Brennan time was spent taking photos of American notables, and he also accepted photo assignments for magazine such as Sports Illustrated where an assignment led to a series of photos of the boxer Muhammad Ali, one of the pictures taken in 1977 has been called ‘iconic’ and is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Micheal Brennan is now retired and living in Costa Rica.