Annual Lecture

PLEASE NOTE: In view of the escalating Coronavirus situation, and in the light of the latest Government advice, it is with regret that our Annual Lecture has been postponed. Please visit our website regularly for updates, as we hope to reschedule Paul’s talk at a future date. Anyone who had already bought tickets will be contacted and a refund arranged, but if by any chance you do not hear from us, please contact


We are justifiably proud of our Annual Lecture, where we welcome a distinguished photographer to the Club. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome!

The 2020 Annual Lecture was to have been held on Tuesday 28 April 2020: Paul Berriff OBE ‘A Life in Pictures – 50 Years Behind the Lens’.

A few quotes from Paul’s previous talks:

“What a story. Just incredible and told with such typical Yorkshire understatement.”  Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner

“Wow, what a success. Everyone was blown away…you are always absolutely riveting. I could see from peoples faces in the room that everyone was entranced, there was total silence and attention.”  Martin Smith MBE, Chair of The Security Company

“A truly touching story of bravery and determination which left the room silently stunned.”  Anna Delaney, Author

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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 BAFTAs 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 in galleries around the world, including in the 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, England (alongside David Hockney’s work) and Wensleydale Galleries, Leyburn, England.

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 the area’s rich mix of fabulous landscapes, both in the country and on the coast.

Paul Berriff’s ’50 Years Behind the Lens’ talk will be an audio-visual presentation of Paul’s life and times with both his still and movie cameras. It will feature his photographic work with legendary pop groups, and amazing stories of his adventures while filming TV documentaries from James Bond to NASA astronauts. Paul has cheated death four times and will tell the gripping stories of his death-defying 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 to survive the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11.