Heathrow honours its “grandfather” of photography

6 Aug 2010 by AndrewGough
After 64 years of snapping celebrities at London Heathrow, veteran photographer Dennis Stone is to receive a key to the airport marking the occasion. During his time at Heathrow, 78-year-old Stone has captured such cultural icons as Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana and the Beatles, just some of the stars that can be found in a collection of images produced by the airport. 5,000 copies of the book, entitled A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer’, will be handed out to passengers passing through Heathrow from today (August 6). The images are accompanied by various “insights” into celebrity life. But if you don’t manage to grab a copy of Stone’s images, don’t lose heart. A month-long exhibition is on display at T5. Stone started off at Heathrow at the tender age of 14, as a lowly messenger boy before eventually picking up a camera. 64 years on and his work is still set to continue three days a week. Stone appeared on the BBC series Airport when he became known as the “grandfather’ of celebrity photography”. Report by Andrew Gough Stone on the McCartneys: "Paul didn’t mind his kids being photographed in the early days. This is in the BOAC era when they’d disembark planes onto the tarmac. Paul’s always been very pleasant to me and Linda was lovely too. This must be in the late 1970s. Paul’s a great family man and would travel a lot with them."
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