Paul Yockney Collection (7358 Items)

The Yockney Collection is a superb record of Cornish life in the 1980's as captured by press photographer Paul Yockney.

Paul began his photographic career in the Royal Navy, taking photographs of vessels and aircraft from his base at RNAS Culdrose. He went on to become a prolific press photographer contributing weekly to local newspapers. The Collection comprises of the photographs he took for press use from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. The images were predominantly taken in the Helston and Lizard area but extend to other areas including Falmouth, Truro, Camborne and Redruth.

Competitors proudly displaying their prizewinning livestock, elaborate carnival floats and daring boxing day swimmers reveal a Cornwall, rich in community activity. Paul demonstrates his own wicked sense of humour capturing quirky events, otherwise forgotten, such as a dog spontaneously joining in football match in Porthleven and 'Teasy' the runaway bull, rampaging through the streets after escaping from the Helston Fatstock Show.

Paul also covered the more serious events of the period and the emergency services are featured carrying out cliff-top rescues, putting out fires and risking their lives in rough seas.

Paul made careful notes about each of his photos at the time they were taken and these are an invaluable addition to the collection. The Yockney Collection is a window on a decade well within living memory, providing an honest and entertaining record of the 1980's.

Photographic prints from the Yockney Collection can be purchased upon request, please contact us with your requirements.

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