"SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY "
Presented by: Peter William Ford
October 21, 2019
I bought my first camera on an assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Being an avid sports fan, I was heavily involved in looking after the various cricket teams that came to play in Karachi. After watching the press photographers with the English cricket team, I decided that I was going to be a sports photographer.
My next assignment was in Hong Kong. I bought a ridiculous amount of camera gear during my two years there and started on my photo journey. By the time I had left Hong Kong, I had photographed a Cricket World Cup in Australia, and worked every weekend for the South China Morning Post newspaper, shooting anything from sumo wrestling to Taiwanese pop singers.
London was my next posting. With a strong sports portfolio, I started working on weekends for Action Images, a sports photography agency based in London. I continued working for them for the next 10 years, covering rugby, soccer and cricket.
On future postings to Kiev and Tbilisi, I covered the Champions League for Action Images and the Associated Press, often travelling to far off places like Moscow and Baku to shoot soccer.
By the time my family was ready to cross the Pond to Canada, I was shooting the Premier League, the Football League, and the Championship Rugby.
In the last nine years in Montreal, I have returned to the UK to cover a couple of Premiership games (on holiday!) and steadily built up my photography business.
Most Memorable Photography Experiences:
After 25 years in the British Foreign Service, I was asked to head up the new, Photo & Video Unit in the FCO, and was the Chief Photographer for 2 years before emigrating. I photographed heads of state and Ministers, and helped show the workings of the Foreign office to the world.
I am presently working as a still photographer on several films in Montreal.