Welder, Severn Valley Railway by Andrew Fox

This is from a series of photographs I took along the Severn Valley Railway, mostly of the volunteers who keep the old steam trains running between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

I walked around the maintenance sheds to watch the engineers at work. I found this welder crouched inside a locomotive with a welding torch.

Shot on Ilford XP2 film, the set of images was used in The Independent’s weekly “Gallery” feature in 2000, which displayed six black and white photographs on one theme run from Monday to Saturday.

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About Andrew Fox

Andrew began his career as a trainee on the Birmingham Post & Mail newspaper, after completing the National Council for the Training of Journalist’s photojournalism course in Sheffield in 1988.

While still a trainee, Andrew won the Midlands Press Photographer of the Year award.

The broadsheet Birmingham Post always treated its black and white photography seriously and it’s style was close to that of The Independent. In the late ’90’s Andrew decided to turn freelance and took his portfolio to The Independent. The next day, Andrew received his first commission, and for the next 18 years was one of its regular photographers. As his work became known to other picture editors, Andrew started to work for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

His work has been shown at Visa Pour L’Image international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France, and at the House Of Commons. Awards include the Nikon UK Feature Photographer Of The Year and three special awards in the UK Picture Editors Awards.

About John Rogers

John Rogers grew up near the Lace markets in Nottingham, now living in London, I bought my first camera at the age of 12 and a book by American photographer Andreas Feininger ‘The Complete Photographer’ which “became my bible”.

After working an NCTJ apprenticeship at the Eastern Daily Press and Evening news in Norwich,he moved to freelance in London mainly for the Daily Express and The Sun Newspapers, winning News Photographer of the Year in 1983 He became a staff photographer at the Daily Express working with some of the greatest press photographers in the world. Shooting many world exclusives including the first Picture of ’The Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe, after his arrest and on the first day of his trial at the Old Baily.

He covered The Lebanon war,the Iranian and Libyan embassy sieges capturing several more world exclusives after which was the first photographer to be asked to join the technologically advanced colour Newspaper ‘Today’ launched by Eddie Shah “It gave me the opportunity to break the mould that press photographers could only shoot in black and white”.

He returned to freelancing to exploit his new talents working for most of the Sunday Supplement Magazines including a 6 year spell travelling the world for The Sunday Mail ‘You Magazine, visiting most continents in the world and more than 200 trips abroad.