Harry was a photographer and popular historian of Dorset as well as an authority on the dialect poet William Barnes. He discovered the beauty of Dorset in 1936, when he became a photographer on the Dorset County Chronicle. He liked to recall that an earlier contributor was Thomas Hardy. The young Ashley soon moved to the Echo in Bournemouth where, having opted to return after the Second World War, he became the much respected chief photographer serving a total of 40 years.
As an RAF Official War Photographer he provided Britain with the first pictures of the fall of Mandalay and Singapore. He was twice shot down and when it was friendly fire he was out of the plane in seconds to photograph the downed aircraft.
A friend and a photographic hero to many including myself. I was privileged to have Harry as a mentor during my early days at the Bournemouth Echo. Harry asked me to shoot his portrait as he liked what I was trying to do and he needed a new bio pic for his newspaper column. He loved this picture and it still hangs above the door to the photographic department to this day.
Black and white signed, numbered, Limited Edition photograph printed on premium quality archival photographic paper.
'Print-only', 'Mounted' or 'Framed' options.
Mounted & framed options use acid-free exhibition board.
Certificate of Authenticity included.
Print Size: Portrait, 17 inches x 24 inches. (Mounted: 19'' x 26'' including 2'' mount)