Club News, Paul Berriff Meeting, Exhibition and Programme for 2019

We’ve been very busy: We’ve got an Exhibition at Hedon Museum and a great Programme of meetings, events and activities lined up – find out more…

PAUL BERRIFF, OBE, spoke at a Hedon Viewfinders sell-out meeting in the town on Wednesday, April 17. The award-winning documentary film-maker kept the capacity crowd of 100 people gathered in the Haven Arms, enthralled with tales of his experiences as a photographer and TV cameraman. His adventures from photographing pop legends in the 1960s to filming the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11 kept the audience spellbound for almost 3-hours.

Ray Duffill from Hedon Viewfinders photographic club who had arranged the meeting was delighted with the audio-visual presentation from Mr Berriff and the response from the audience: “The Haven Arms venue was packed with standing room only at the back for late-comers. Paul Berriff is probably one of the most engaging speakers I’ve heard. He took the audience with him on his life-journey from a 12-year-old boy picking up a roloflex camera for the first time, to reliving the horrors of 9/11. People leaving the meeting were just ‘buzzing’ about what they’d heard.

“Thank you to all those that attended. The feedback has been tremendous – some of which we’ve shared with Paul.”

Also at the meeting, was Lesley Harland, the Exhibitions Manager at Hedon Museum. She was proud of the fact that after booking Paul Berriff to display some of his iconic ‘Pop Idols’ photos at the Museum, he’d further agreed to do the public meeting: “We’re now hoping that the interest in Paul’s life and adventures will translate into visitors at the Museum where we are showing some of his giant photographs of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Scott Walker and others.”

And of course Hedon Viewfinders members (17 of us) also have an Exhibition and displaying a small collection of photographs responding to the theme of ‘Hedon’.

So get yourself along to the Hedon Museum, it’s open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm until Saturday 15 June when the Exhibition closes at 4pm.

Hedon Viewfinders Programme for 2019

We are delighted to present our Programme of meetings for the rest of 2019. Arranged by our Programme Manager Glenn Stallard after discussion with members, the events listed here with practical sessions, field trips, and great speakers, should have something of interest for every one.

Hedon Viewfinders photographic club – free, fun and friendly.


Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. This is an advanced notification to Viewfinders with an opportunity to book tickets. “Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. For a taste of what to expect – listen to the Sally Fairfax show recorded live on BBC Radio Humberside on Thursday 4th April. Interview starts 2.17 hours in:

“Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

‘Hedon Viewfinders – Through the Lens’ photographic club, in collaboration with Hedon Museum, is privileged to have BAFTA-winning documentary maker, photographer and film director Paul Berriff, OBE, speaking at its meeting on Wednesday 17th April 2019.

Paul Berriff with the camera he used to photograph The Beatles.

Paul Berriff began his career working as a press photographer in 1960’s Leeds, and was doing ‘street photography’ before that phrase was regularly coined. His press pass also gave him access backstage to local live-music venues where he could meet and photograph the performers, many who later went on to achieve pop and rock star status. His immaculate black and white photographs of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison and other legends have now become collectors’ items. The images, having been stored in an attic for 40 years as negatives, have been lovingly redeveloped and have only quite recently been exhibited for the first time in their full glory. Many of these iconic artworks will be on display at an exhibition at the Hedon Museum from April 24 to June 15, which are the same dates as Hedon Viewfinders own exhibition at the Museum.

It is, however, as a documentary film maker that Paul Berriff is better known, He has produced over 180 prime-time major network television documentaries. In 1988 he won the BAFTA Award for his coverage of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which featured in his ITV series ‘Rescue’. In 2017 he was awarded the Guild of Television Cameramen Award for Continued Excellence in Cinematography.

Paul has also had the most extraordinary life experiences, which in the broadcasting industry has earned him the nickname, the “Indiana Jones of Television”. He has survived a major helicopter crash, leapt to safety from a sinking ship during a North Sea gale, and escaped death in Nicaragua when a volcano erupted around him. Miraculously, he also survived the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11, where he was filming at the foot of the South tower at the very moment it collapsed. Having been knocked out and buried under debris, he was the very first casualty stretchered into the make-shift medical facility set up for the victims. Despite his camera having being buried and burned, Paul managed to retrieve it whilst searching for missing colleagues. The dramatic footage retrieved, is some of the most powerful recorded of this horrific event on that terrible day.

The meeting will be an opportunity for Paul Berriff to recount some of his remarkable life experiences behind the camera including seeing some of his unique images and videos.

Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.
Wed 17 April 2019
Hosted by Hedon Viewfinders Photographic Club in collaboration with Hedon Museum
Haven Arms Restaurant & Bar
HU12 8HH
Tickets available now. £5 (£4 to our regular attendees at meetings). Get the date in your diaries!

You can pay me for your ticket online by PayPal at the link below – then email me at and once payment is confirmed I’ll email you your digital ticket and number.

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