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80 Years Gone In A Flash is an autobiography of the life of photo-journalist John Jochimsen.
In his time as a photographer back in the days of film, John has photographed everything from presidents to royalty and was there with Queen Elizabeth II the day she discovered her father the king had died.
In a career spanning over five decades, John has no doubt had a very interesting career. This book is basically a memoir if his life, and begins right at the start, when John was born in Clapham Common, London. He joined the RAF after the second world war ended, and it was here that he was trained in developing negatives, for taking images in and around the camp.
Having a father that worked as a journalist for the press, John already had a background in the industry.
John goes into great detail as to how and why he ended up to be a photographer in Nairobi when the current queen found out her father had died, and his account is both moving and matter of fact.
If you are interested in learning what it was like to be a photographer before the age of digital or the ability to quickly develop negatives, then this title is definitely worth a read.
John has, in his time, photographed some of the most defining moments in recent history, and this coupled with writing about his life, which is of course entwined with photography, certainly makes this an interesting read for those that like the biography style of book.