Northern exposures

The work of Don McPhee, who worked for The Guardian for 36 years and was regarded as one of the finest press photographers, is on show.

McPhee, who died of cancer aged 61 in March last year, was based in Manchester and was known for his work documenting life in the North, although he travelled to South Africa, India, China and the USA.

The picture he was said to have been most proud of was a portrait of Nelson Mandela, although it was the photograph taken in Orgreave in 1984 showing the stand off between police and miners that is considered his most iconic.

McPhee said of what became known as The Battle of Orgreave: ‘I missed being corralled into a pen the police had provided for the press. So I joned the pickets and just wandered in with them and got the picture. Then I saw 30 horses galloping at me. It was like being at the wrong end of the charge of the Light Brigade. I didn’t stop to take any more pictures – I just legged it.’

The exhibition is at the Newsroom, Archive and Visitor Centre, 60 Farringdon Road London EC1 until 27 June.

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