Len dance Photographer

Len Dance began his career in Fleet Street with the London News Agency Photo’s Ltd. He went through the darkrooms, learning about chemicals, processing, printing etc. Trained by thorough professionals. At this time he also attended The London College of Printing and Graphic Arts studying for a City and Guilds Intermediate. He was called up for National Service in The Royal Air Force in 1957-59. He resumed his career with London News Agency in 1959.

In 1960 he won an award in The British Press Photographer of The Year Awards with a stunning picture of HRH Princess Margaret on her wedding day to Anthony-Armstrong Jones later to become Lord Snowdon.This rapidly established him in the forefront of the press photographers at that time.

He proceeded to photograph all the Royal Family. He photographed President Kennedy and his wife at Buckingham Palace, Yuri Gagarin the first Russian spaceman and many other statesmen. He photographed The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Sellers, Sir Cliff Richard, Sophia Loren, Sir Michael Cain,Frank Sinatra, and a host of other celebrities.

After leaving Fleet Street he began a career in the commercial field taking portraits of chairmen of multi national companies which led to his commercial and industrial work. He began to receive commissions around the world carrying out commercial and industrial assignments. He gained Fellowships in The Royal Photographic Society, The British Institute of Professional Photography, The Institute of Directors, and the Master Photographers Association.

During the next ten years he was to win 'The Ilford £1000 Print Awards’ four times and twice winning 'The BIPP Photographer of the Year’. During this time he lectured nationally and Internationally.

He took the famous ‘Bucket Shot’ of the NatWest Tower dangling from the end of the crane on top of the tower at a height of over 650ft. He kept the picture under wraps for a year, waiting for the crane to be taken down so that no-one else could repeat the shot. When he released the picture. it published in over 135 countries worldwide. During this time he travelled to over 50 countries. He photographed Dame Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street and travelled with her government to the Ukraine and Russia. He photographed HRH Princess Anne in the Ukraine, and was the first western photographer allowed in The Kremlin. He was also the first western photographer allowed to take commercial photographs in communist China

After some fifteen years of travelling the world, he totally changed tack and decided to go back to his love of portraiture. He opened a studio in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex and ran this for sixteen years, he sold this in 2009. He now lectures, mentors and judges.

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