About this Blog

Toward the end of his school days my father Alisdair Macdonald was what job he was aiming for and with no hesitation he replied he was to become a photographer. This was laughingly dismissed and he was asked again where he saw his future.

Unperturbed he set to work learning the trade. He bought a camera, set up a small dark room in the family house near Shepherds Bush in West London and began taking pictures. Pictures of anything; fetes, birds, building work, shops, snow, celebrity visits to local events and everything beside, all with the goal of getting them into print.

He got his break after selling a few photos to the papers around Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham area and eventually began freelancing for the Kensington Post, then based in Church Street.

In the early 1960’s he submitted pictures of the Notting Hill Riots to the national press and shortly after became a staff photographer for the Daily Mirror where he remained through the next 30 years.

This blog will share some of the images from 1956-1962, a record of his learning the art that eventually led him to become one of the most respected photojournalists in Fleet Street.

Mirror Offices 1962

Alisdair Macdonald in the Daily Mirror office 1962

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  1. His first camera belonged to my father. A voigtlander (excuse the spelling). My first memories were of me and my brother outside what used to be our understairs coal cellar. We were listening, fascinated by all the, new to us, swear words coming from our father. (he had never sworn in front of us before) He was in the improvised darkroom trying to load a developing tank for the first time. Needless to say my brother began borrowing the camera to photograph his beloved aircraft. I think you have a photograph of him with my father at an airshow at Farnborough where he developed his love of all that flew.

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