Terry Cryer was born in Leeds in 1934 and started his career in photography at 14 years old, his first job was mixing gallons of chemicals for a processing firm. Soon he found himself behind the camera. He first took pictures on an imitation Leica and later, when he acquired a twin-lens Rolleiflex, he had his favoured camera.
When a venue called Studio 20 opened in Leeds, featuring jazz seven nights a week, Terry started to take photographs of the musicians who played there. It was to lead to a career snapping pictures of the many musical greats. (read more)
“I got a job as a freelance for The Jazz News. I faked myself credentials and I got myself a press card. Was this honest? Who cares. I broke the rules because it was a lot more exciting than following them. The establishment move the goal posts to suit themselves. Why shouldn’t I?” (Terry Cryer)