John Henshall (photographer)
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|Born||6 January 1942|
Stockport, Cheshire, England
|Occupation||Photographer, cinematographer and writer on the art and science of photography and digital imaging.|
John Henshall FRPS FRGS FBIPP (born John Mark Henshall, 6 January 1942) is a British professional photographer, cinematographer, and writer on the art and science of photography and digital imaging.
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Henshall was born in Stockport, Cheshire, England. His family moved to the village of Alverthorpe, near Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1945. His first school was Alverthorpe Infants School, followed by Alverthorpe Church of England Junior School. In 1953 he gained an open scholarship to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. In 1957 the family moved back to Stockport where he attended Stockport Grammar School until 1961.
Henshall started work for BBC Television in London on 28 August 1961, specialising in cameras and lighting and working on the full range of programmes from the new Television Centre in White City. His formal broadcast training was on residential operations and lighting courses at the BBC Engineering Training Department (ETD) at Wood Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire.
In 1976 he left the BBC to concentrate on running Telefex, the firm he set up in 1966 to market his optical special effects for television cameras. These were used in many shows at the BBC and ITV and were becoming in demand throughout Europe. He was also a part-time lecturer at West Surrey College of Art and Design (WeSCAD), which later became part of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).
In 1978 he became the Director of Photography on many early music videos. This led to him being responsible for the lighting of MTV Europe for its first ten years and work on many commercials and television productions such as the popular satirical television series Spitting Image from June 1986.
Along with former BBC colleague Bob Coles, in 1980 he formed Tarn Ltd, a broadcast television facilities company using the new lightweight cameras and shooting video the film way.
In 1985, Henshall was elected Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, later serving on its council and as chairman of its Associateship and Fellowship distinctions panel for Film and Video. He also registered and founded the first RPS website in 1996. He was made a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (FBIPP) in 1985 and was soon elected to its council, serving as its President in 1991-92. Henshall represented the BIPP on the British Photographic Association (BPA) council in the 1990s and served as chairman of its Digital Imaging committee.
Henshall founded Electronic Photo-Imaging and the EPI-centre in 1991, to impart a greater understanding of the direction in which imaging technology was moving. EPI-centre advised government bodies, law enforcement, forensic scientists, the armed forces and others about developments in electronic and digital imaging. In 1993 he began writing monthly articles on the future of digital imaging – John Henshall's Chip Shop – for The Photographer, the monthly journal for professional photographers.
From 1993 to 2001 Henshall founded, organised and moderated the Digital Imaging Days for the Seybold Seminars in Boston, New York and San Francisco in the USA, and in Sydney Australia.
Since 2015 Henshall has been President of the Guild of Television Camera Professionals (GTC), formerly the Guild of Television Cameramen, a not-for-profit independent craft organisation of which he was a founder member in 1972.
Selected Music Videos as Director of Photography 1978–1986
- Kate Bush The Man With The Child In His Eyes (1978)
- Bryan Ferry What Goes On In Your Mind (1978)
- Yellow Dog Wait Until The Midnight (1978)
- Marshall Hain Dancing In The City (1978)
- Paul McCartney & Wings I’ve Had Enough (1978)
- Suzi Quatro The Race Is On (1978)
- Richard Myhill We’ve Got Something More (1978)
- Blondie Picture This (1978)
- Yellow Dog Little Gods (1978)
- City Boy What a Night (1978)
- David Essex Brave New World (1978)
- Boomtown Rats Rat Trap (1978)
- David Essex Goodbye First Love (1978)
- Kate Bush Hammer Horror (1978)
- Hot Chocolate Put You Together Again (1978)
- Racey Some Girls (1978)
- The Three Degrees The Runner (1978)
- Elton John Georgia (1978)
- Elton John Madness (1978)
- Elton John Song For Guy (1978)
- Foreigner Blue Morning (1978)
- Foreigner Double Vision (1978)
- Sally Oldfield Mirrors (1978)
- Cliff Richard Green Light (1979)
- Geraldine Casablanca (1979)
- Levinsky Sinclair Only Feel This Way (1979)
- Dana Something's Cooking In The Kitchen (1979)
- George Harrison Blow Away (1979)
- No Dice Come Dancing (1979)
- Black Lace Mary Ann (1979)
- Micky Dolenz Love Light (1979)
- Gibson Brothers Cuba (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Goodnight Tonight (1979)
- M-Factor Pop Muzik (1979)
- David Bowie Boys Keep Swinging (1979)
- David Bowie Look Back In Anger (1979)
- David Bowie D J (1979)
- Fischer-Z The Worker (1979)
- Fischer-Z First Impressions (Pretty Paracetamol) (1979)
- Simple Minds Chelsea Girl (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Winter Rose (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Love Awake (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Old Siam Sir (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Getting Closer (1979)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Spin It On (1979)
- Cliff Richard We Don’t Talk Anymore (1979)
- Roxy Music Angel Eyes (1979)
- Voyager Judas (1979)
- Grace Jones Private Lives (1980)
- Joan Armatrading All The Way From America (1980)
- Spandau Ballet To Cut A Long Story Short (1980)
- Queen Flash (1980)
- Julio Iglesias Begin The Beguine (1981)
- Kate Bush The Dreaming (1982)
- Bananarama Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (1983)
- Simple Minds Sanctify Yourself (1985)
- Annabella Fever (1986)
- Sigue Sigue Sputnik Twenty-First Century Boy (1986)
- Paul McCartney & Wings Press (1986)
Selected Television Programmes as Director of Photography 1979–1993
- Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1979)
- Exposed – Mike Oldfield Live at Wembley Conference Centre (1979)
- Back To The Egg – Paul McCartney & Wings (1979)
- Peter Tosh Live (1979)
- Lesley Judd’s Allsorts (1979)
- Galaxy – Kenny Everett (1980)
- Queen – Prime Time Productions USA (1980)
- Chubby Checker in Concert (1981)
- Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Pump Room Cheltenham (1979)
- Anita Harris at The Talk of the Town (1981)
- In The Pink (1982)
- Nutshell Classics: Treasure Island (1982)
- Jazz On Four – Miles Davis (Channel 4) (1982)
- Jazz On Four – Willie Nelson (Channel 4) (1982)
- Tomorrow’s World At Large – Flight Simulation (BBC) (1982)
- Capital Jazz Festival Knebworth (1982)
- Graeae Theatre Company (Channel 4) (1982)
- Dispatches: Kimberley Carlile – Falling Through the Net (Channel 4) (1987)
- The Tudor Face (Channel 4) (1983)
- Assaulted Nuts (Channel 4) (1983)
- UB40 Live (1983)
- Dream Stuffing – comedy series (Channel 4) (1983)
- Culture Club – A Kiss Across The Ocean – Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1983)
- Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Channel 4) (1984)
- Emma Thompson First Offence (Channel 4) (1984) (Re-edited as Up For Grabs in 1985)
- Status Quo – End of the Road (1984)
- Relative Strangers – comedy series (Channel 4) (1984)
- The Patent Office (COI) (1985)
- Wizbit (BBC) (1985)
- Never Say Die – comedy series (Channel 4) (1987)
- Bumbledown (Spitting Image Ronald Reagan special) (ITV) (1989)
- The Sound of Maggie (Spitting Image Margaret Thatcher special) (ITV) (1989)
- Spitting Image (Series 5 (1998), Series 7 (1999), Series 8 & 9 (1990), Series 10 & 11 (1991) (ITV)
- Star Test (Channel 4) (1989)
- Sticky Moments with Julian Clary – comedy series (Channel 4) (1989-1990)
- Dance Energy (BBC) (1990-1993)
- Joker In The Pack with Marti Caine (BBC) (1990)
- The Winjin’ Pom (ITV) (1991)
- Terry and Julian – comedy series (Channel 4) (1992)
- Bonjour La Classe – comedy series (Channel 4) (1993)
- 1969. Sir H. George Fordham Carto-bibliographer. Map Collectors’ Series No 51. London: Map Collectors’ Circle.
- 1969. Dealers in Coins: The Directory of Dealers in Coins & Medals in the British Isles. Richmond, Surrey, UK: Numismatic Directories. ISBN 0 9500309 0 2
- 1992. Photographic Qualifications for Professionals. 1st ed. Ware, Hertfordshire, UK: British Institute of Professional Photography. ISBN 1 897801 00 9
- 1993–2006 inclusive. John Henshall's Chip Shop. Monthly articles in The Photographer magazine. Ware, Hertfordshire, UK: British Institute of Professional Photography. ISSN 0031-8698
- 1997. Photographic Qualifications for Professionals. 2nd ed. Ware, Hertfordshire, UK: British Institute of Professional Photography. ISBN 1 897801 00 9
- 2003. Going Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography. Rotovision. ISBN 2 88046 6938 Co-author with Joël Lacey.
Honours and Awards
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) 1967.
- Guild of Television Cameraman's Award (TiCA) 1975 for Telefex optical effects.
- Honorary Member of the Guild of Television Cameramen 1978.
- Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) 24 April 1984.
- Fellow of the Guild of Television Cameramen (FGTC) 1 July 1984.
- Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) 21 May 1985.
- Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (FBIPP) 5 November 1985.
- Royal Photographic Society George Sewell Trophy for the Best Film or Video 1986 for Director of Photography of ‘Guinness Safari 1986’.
- Royal Photographic Society George Sewell Trophy for the Best Film or Video 1988 for Director of Photography of ‘Network 7’.
- President the British Institute of Professional Photography 1991–1992.
- Fellow of the British Professional Photographers Associates (FBPPA) 11 March 2005.
- Master of Arts (MA) in honoris causa from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) 30 June 2009.
- Vice President the Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) 2009–2015.
- President the Guild of Television Cameramen (now Guild of Television Camera Professionals – GTC) 2015–date.
- John Henshall on IMDb
- John Henshall on ITV's This Morning 1994
- BBC feature – John Henshall takes relief to Sichuan, China, after earthquake 12 May 2008
- John Henshall's Nikon D1 report – Digital Photography Review
- Interview BBC Radio Oxford Malcolm Boyden 4 March 2011
- Shapers of the 80s
- Bowie TOTP 73, Jean Genie for the first time on Air in BBC Radio, Interview with John Henshall
- GTC's John Henshall draws celebrity crowd at NFT1
- GTC Vice President to present valuable archive tapes at Kaleidoscope
- John Henshall images at Alamy picture library