After five decades as a professional sports photographer George
Herringshaw has decided to begin selling his photographic Library.
He is starting with the sale of the sports that do not feature on his
web site, "www.sporting-heroes.net" - which is primarily a site of
The Library images for sale include: Club Rugby Union players
Professional Rugby League players
Other sports such as snooker, speedway, domestic athletics, horse
racing, US American football (1988- 1991), non track and field Olympic
disciplines are also available. However, these smaller 'collections'
may be less attractive to would be heritage groups / Investors because
they cover a shorter period. You could prove him wrong !
You may be interested in purchasing the part of the photographic library
that features your Club / Association / Business interests
(memorabilia). The parts of the Library we are selling exclusively
feature monochrome and colour negatives - along with colour
transparencies. Plus just a year or so of digital images.
You will be buying the entire "collection" for example :
Yorkshire County cricket players 1972 - 2002
Leicester Tigers R.F.C. players 1970 - 2002
Wigan Rugby league players 1982 - 2000
The sections of the Library that are for sale cover the decades of 1970,
1980 and 1990. The final days of film and "real" photography ? From
2002 his agency, "Associated Sports Photography" (ASP), began using
digital cameras and thereafter effectively only covered the teams
featured on www.sporting-heroes.net. The new digital age and auto focus
also brought a flood of stock photography that forced A.S.P. to go in a
different direction, away from traditional newspapers, with their falling sales and cost
cutting, into the digital information age.
On "sporting-heroes.net " both cricket and rugby union are exclusively
International, however, we have used on the web site many pictures
taken during domestic fixtures. Countless of the web site pictures
feature International players, playing for their club. - these are
included in the sale.
George turned professional in 1970 and from the outset specialized in
what is known as Stock Photography - individual action shots. He rarely
did formal portraits (photo calls) believing sports men and women
should photographed doing what they do. Cricketers either batted or
bowled, Rugby players carried the ball or, if possible, they were
pictured in action (rugby union front rows were always a challenge).
Footballers were to be shot full length 'on the ball' . We insisted that
staff photographers (there were ten employed over the five decades)
shot footballers showing their feet !
The quality of the photographs is first rate. George set the highest of
standards. The full length shots were such that newspapers could (and
did) use the player's head from the print, as a portrait. Real
expressions not sanguine smiles from a photo call.
The equipment used was of the highest quality. If Nikon had the best
lenses we used Nikon. When Canon brought out auto-ficus we switched to
Canon. George currently uses Nikon, as he first did way back in 1972.
The rugby negatives include match action shots.
WHAT YOU ARE BEING OFFERED IS BOTH THE NEGATIVES AND THE COPYRIGHT ©.
If we have a print of the negative that is included (for free). You own the copyright - the print is yours.
We have no rugby prints ! We have also sold some of the County cricket collections. Hence the free offer above.
The purchase of the negatives would allow you to do some of the following.
Sell reproductions, single images or montages.
Issue licenses to artist, to paint a copy, make a sculpture and so forth.
Sell memorabilia - images on all kinds of goods (to long to list !), make limited edition prints - signed even better.
After scanning them, place them with interested picture libraries (Getty, Alamy, Rex/Shutterstock etc).
Make the collection available to authors for illustrations, club programmes, calendars, DVDs, etc.
Pass the negatives to the person featured, or their families.
Establish a Hertitage site. On-line (24/7) or maybe as a part of a physical historical collection. Or both.
An on-line archive has endless possibilities to expand. Each player's page can contain a carousel of
images. In this digital age there are many more photographers shooting recent material
(much easier and far cheaper than in the past) so our historic images can be supported by contemporary
images without too much difficulty.
(The National Heritage fund is very keen to preserve our sporting heritage - funding is readily available.)
Several clubs have life sized cut outs on display and many have
photographic galleries on corridors, in function rooms, adorning
hospitality suites (some named after their players) and display outside
their Stadiums. Maybe project the collection on to the Stadium or in a
nearby location. Why should just churches be floodlit ? After all a
photograph is worth a thousand words.
Some photographers A.S.P. employed were found wanting and replaced until
we had a group of first-rate cameramen. The photographs were
syndicated to fifty or so daily newspapers - National and Provincial.
They were also widely published in magazines, books, annuals,
part-works, on TV and latterly on the internet. Originally sent out as
8" x 10" prints (from the negatives that are now for sale) every one was
hand printed. The actual negatives were all washed to archival
standards and sometimes took 40 minutes to develop. No newspaper could
afford such time to process their work and now have paid the price -
their negatives were rushed and some are eroding (the acid fixer was
not rinsed off fully - 30 minute minimum wash). We use the description
"Archive" for good reason.
George has only worked as a freelance photographer/ Agency boss and thus
is only really familiar with editorial uses of photographs. With
hundreds of thousands of images he decided not to scan the "lesser"
sports, because they are not needed for his web project. His loss is
your gain ?
He was born in 1945 and is beginning to wind down - but not retiring.
He intends to cover his sixteenth World Athletics Championship in 2019 and his eleventh Olympic Games in 2020.
But his time is nowadays devoted to his web site, its' development and then eventual sale.
THE COST ?.
We will be asking £10 for each negative / transparency and £5 for each
digital image. Until we count each team's total of images we can not
quote a price. However a small collection - one of the rugby teams -
might cost £1,500 and a major team could reach £20,000 (2,000 unique
photos over three decades).