BAFTA winning documentary maker, photographer and film director, Paul Berriff has long been dubbed the 'Indiana Jones’ of Television, having cheated death on a regular basis in the course of his work! Miraculously, he survived the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11, where he was filming the deputy fire chief at the foot of the tower at the very moment it collapsed. Of the 22 people he was with, only 4 survived.
His dramatic footage of this horrific event, (before he was knocked unconscious for 20 minutes by the debris) formed some of the most powerful footage recorded on the day and was distributed worldwide. He won the coveted BAFTA Award for his coverage of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which featured in his ITV series ‘Rescue’. Following this remarkable career, working in stunning locations worldwide, he now lives in Bedale, North Yorkshire and is returning to his career roots as a stills photographer. The work displayed here was taken by Paul during the 1960’s, at which time he was working as a young Press Photographer in Leeds. His press pass enabled him access to backstage at the theatres in Yorkshire where newcomers to the rock and pop scene - groups and solo singers were performing. He captured on black & white film, most of these newcomers - they are all now legends, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hollies, Jimmy Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithful and more!
Paul has lovingly restored the original negatives, which had lain in his attic for over 40 years! These iconic investor’s artworks are now available to purchase, available in strictly limited editions. These images are an absolute must for 60's memorabilia collectors. They currently grace the homes of celebrities and collections world-wide, including a permanent display on show at ‘The Beatles Story’ at Liverpool's Albert Dock