100 Years Of Photography At Newport

Jeff Morgan

September 11, 2012  by admin  •  Alumni

Little did I know when I decided to give up a well paid career in industry and become a full time student studying Doc Photo ’84-’86 that it was always in my genes to do so. Being adopted at birth it wasn’t until my adoptive parents died and I tracked down my biological parents in 2001 that I discovered my father was a press photographer all his working life in Bristol & Welwyn Garden City.

Doc Photo was a challenging and rewarding experience giving me an understanding of how pictures fit together as a set and how to work within the media industry. Being someone who has always had a strong work ethic the vocational structure of the course was perfect for me with the emphasis on the practical rather than the intellectual. I shall always be grateful to all the lecturers who taught me and the amount of practical knowledge they passed on.

On leaving college in ’86 I went straight into full time local press and PR work. In ’87 I started working for The Guardian doing news, sport and features covering Wales, the West Country and South West Midlands . This lasted until 2007 when we parted company. In the ’90s I won BT Wales Press Photographer of the Year and Journalist of the Year the first and only time a photographer won this journalistic award.
One of my most rewarding experiences was being asked to become a visiting lecturer on Doc Photo in the early ’90s. During that time I was able to arrange for students to have their work published, using their “man at work” pictures on the cover of weekly Careers Guardian employment supplement. This gave some students the opportunity to see their work in print for the first time.

These days most of my working time is spent shooting things that interest me and managing my stock library at www.alamy.com plus the occasional commission. When I’m not working I fish for barbel on the River Wye at Hay-on-Wye, where I now live.