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2341, NH/17
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Withers, Martin, 1946 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Printer
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: The interview if of a self-taught bird watcher and natural history photographer. It begins with a brief description of his childhood before starting a career in printing. During his mid-20s, he became formally active by joining the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and met other local watchers including Chris Measures. Mentions good local sites for watching including Birstall gravel pits, Soar Valley gravel pits and Bradgate Park. Talks extensively about technical developments in photographical equipment since the 1970s and methods of creating hides. Recalls numerous foreign trips photographing birds and animals to Africa, South America and Australia. Joined the Zoological Photographic Club (ZPC) and associated with Eric Hosking. Also a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), given a fellowship in 1990, served on a panel between 1991 and 2002, and was awarded three gold medals, and a silver medal for services rendered. Has supplied the Frank Lane Picture Agency with images. Mentions his concerns for the future of the planet. Notes that he has not yet decided what to do wth his collection.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Secondary
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place:
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 22/10/2007
Playing time: 1hr, 26 mins, 41 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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