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ANNUAL LECTURE: Paul Berriff – ‘A Life in Pictures – 50 years Behind the Lens’ [Main Hall]

28 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Paul at Ground Zero

This promises to be a fascinating and moving presentation of Paul’s life and times with both his still and movie cameras.

It features his photographic work with legendary pop groups and amazing stories and adventures while filming TV documentaries from James Bond to NASA astronauts.

Paul has cheated death four times and tells the gripping stories of his amazing escapes including the dramatic story of that tragic day in New York when both the Twin Towers collapsed on top of him. Paul is the only British survivor of the collapse of both the Twin Towers on 9/11.


Paul Berriff is an award-winning fine art photographer and documentary film maker who has been behind the cameras for over 50 years. Paul started his photographic career in Leeds on the Yorkshire Evening Post when he was 16 years old. He has photographed legendary bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and solo artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison and Marianne Faithfull. Paul is also a television documentary film maker and has been presented with over 18 international awards for his work including two BAFTA’s for Best Documentary and a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography. Paul was recently presented with the Guild of Television Cameraman’s prestigious award for outstanding work in TV cinematography.  Paul has escaped death four times whilst in pursuit of the perfect image. He was blown off a volcano in Central America during an eruption, escaped from a major helicopter crash in the Scottish mountains, jumped from a sinking ship in the North Sea and was knocked unconscious and survived the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York during the 9/11 attacks.  Paul was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.

Paul’s Beatles and rock legends photographs have been exhibited around the world in:

Carnegie Hall, New York; San Francisco Museum of Science; San Francisco Art Exchange; Memphis Museum of Pop Music; Museum of Music, Prague; Menier Gallery, London; Harvey Nichols, Dubai; Salts Mill, Saltaire, Yorkshire (alongside David Hockney’s art) and Wensleydale Galleries, Leyburn.

Paul prefers monochrome images. He still uses his Rolleiflex medium format camera as well as his Nikon F 35mm and Speed Graphic  5 x 4 cameras which he used to photograph The Beatles and other rock legends in the 60s. Paul particular likes the grain produced by film which he says gives the subject a more appealing and natural look. His favourite subjects are the people of Yorkshire and its rich mix of fabulous landscapes both in the country and the coast.

Paul with the camera he used to photograph the beatles


28 April
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bishopthorpe Village Hall
Bishopthorpe Village Hall
Bishopthorpe, YO23 2RA United Kingdom

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