Hitchin’s Bret aims to showcase Fleet Street’s Finest photojournalism

PUBLISHED: 12:55 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 20:11 19 June 2017

Fleet Street's Finest collection - Chelsea Pensioners at the Ivy by Lucy Young

Fleet Street's Finest collection - Chelsea Pensioners at the Ivy by Lucy Young

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A Hitchin creative and former journalist has launched an new online business looking to pay homage to the extraordinary talents of the UK’s best photojournalists.

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Bret Painter-Spanyol hopes Fleet Street’s Finest will be the go-to-site for choice pieces from the best of British news photography.

The business is the brainchild of Bret and his business partner, Alan Sparrow – who is chair of the UK Picture Editor’s Guild and Director of the Guild’s Awards which celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.

Fleet Street's Finest collection - Kiss in the jardin des Tuiliers by Brian Harris Fleet Street's Finest collection - Kiss in the jardin des Tuiliers by Brian Harris

The two met while working at Metro where Bret was graphics editor and Alan the picture editor.

With more than 50 years worth of experience between them at national titles such as the Daily Mail, the Guardian, The Sun and the Independent, they hope to bring together an undervalued artform from across all news media.

Fleet Street's Finest collection - The Viking Sea by Roger Jackson Fleet Street's Finest collection - The Viking Sea by Roger Jackson

Bret told the Comet: “Not only do these artists have the same fine talents as a professional photographer, they also have the nose for a story and sometimes only get the one chance at that all important picture.

“Each picture tells a story but also there is, more often than not, a story behind that picture, the journey, the luck, the moment captured.”

Fleet Street's Finest collection Audrey by the late George Douglas Fleet Street's Finest collection Audrey by the late George Douglas

Attending various events Alan was often shown, the latest photo taken by retired photographers and would ask them what they would be doing with a particularly impressive picture – with the answer invariably being nothing.

Alan mused: “I have always been and continue to be a fan of press photographers and their work.

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“Their work is so often the main focus on a newspaper page and yet so often unattributed”.

Work can be viewed at fleetstreetsfinest.com where Comet readers can obtain a 15 per cent discount with the code COMETLEGENDLAYTH with the offer lasting until the end of August.

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