Jimmy Horton: Photographer and Photonews chief

Jimmy Horton, who played a major role in helping reshape photographic coverage of major court cases at the Old Bailey, the High Court, the Appeal Court and the House of Lords, has died at the tragically early age of 41.

Media representatives crowded St Dominic’s Priory, Kentish Town, last Friday to pay tribute to Jimmy, who set up Photonews, which has become one of the UK’s major courts photo agencies in recent years.

He learned photography at school and initially worked as a freelance at the Old Bailey, providing picture backup for copy supplied by those such as Dave St George and Joe Wood’s agencies.

In 1985 he set up Photonews and began taking on other photographers.

Over the years he helped train a number of photographers who have gone on to work for the national press both in the UK and abroad.

He had a reputation for getting a picture – however difficult the circumstances – and was without doubt one of the hardest working photographers on the London scene.

His sister, Jacqui, who has been in charge of Photonews since Jimmy became too ill to continue, said this week: “He prided himself on his reputation. He always worked hard, and thrived on the challenge of being best. Even after becoming ill, his goal was to one day return to work at the Old Bailey.

“Photography was his passion and news was his obsession.”

Roger Pearson

Roger Pearson

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