Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana and the Beatles take centre stage in two exhibitions opening at Heathrow, featuring the travels of some of the world’s greatest stars
The exhibitions celebrate the career of the airport’s longest serving resident photographer Dennis Stone, who has worked at Heathrow for 64 years.
Launched this week, the exhibitions will showcase images from the book 'A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer’ published by the airport to celebrate Dennis' long tenure.
Heathrow has designated two Expo locations – areas of the airport set aside for thought provoking and inspiring installations and exhibitions – in Terminal 5 to celebrate Dennis’ contribution to life at Heathrow.
The first installation features more than 20 of Dennis' favourite photographs and insights into the stars he has met along the way. As well as unique images of Hollywood actors such as Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson, the exhibition showcases intimate moments including a picture of The Queen’s corgis disembarking after landing at Heathrow.
The second exhibition, which will be displayed in the Expo Gallery located in departures, will house 25 framed photographs taken by Dennis. The exhibition will offer passengers the opportunity to bid for the prints with all proceeds going to Heathrow’s Charity of the Year – Help for Heroes. It will also be one of a number of sites across the airport where passengers can pick up a free copy of ‘A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer’.
78-year old Dennis started working at Heathrow as a messenger boy aged 14 and continues to work three days a week. His pictures are regularly featured in national newspapers and he also appeared in the BBC television series Airport, with the early programmes being written around his activities as the ‘grandfather’ of celebrity photography.
Underlining Dennis' unfailing professionalism and charm, many actors and musicians count the veteran photographer as a friend, with Joan Collins including Dennis on her Christmas card list.
Dennis Stone comments:“I feel very fortunate to have worked at Heathrow for the past 64 years carrying out a job I see less as work and more as a passion. I have made many good friends here and been privy to a world that has allowed me to capture unique moments and events. I am often asked about my job and the people I have met along the way, so it is an honour that my stories and photographs are to be preserved and shared with passengers.”
Sarah Lewis, account manager for sponsorship and experience at BAA, comments:
“We are always looking for exhibitors that will add to passengers’ experience and enhance their journey through Heathrow so it seemed fitting to showcase the many unique moments that have happened right here at the airport.
“Dennis has witnessed phenomenal advances in aviation and has photographed Heathrow's transformation from a small airfield to one of the world's busiest hubs for global connections. The exhibitions are a fascinating insight into Dennis’ remarkable career and the many personalities that fly through Heathrow every year. We hope our passengers will get as much pleasure from the exhibitions as we have had working with Dennis to produce them.”
5,000 exclusive copies of A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer will be handed out to passengers passing through Heathrow from Friday 6th August. The two exhibitions of Dennis’ work will be on display in Terminal 5 for one month.