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Photographer with love of post boxes passes away

One of Ron Davies favourite subjects was post boxes in odd places. Credit: Ron Davies

Welsh photographer and cameraman Ron Davies has died. Born in Aberaeron in 1921 Ron worked for ITV in Wales during a long career behind the lens.

After joining the RAF as an instrument technician mainly on Spitfires, he was later seconded to a photographic unit and became an accredited war photographer covering the Far East War Trials.

A motorcycle accident in Sept 1950 left him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. On his discharge he went home and resumed his career as a photographer.

Ron Davies was awarded an OBE for his services to photography.

As a press photographer he first worked for the Welsh language paper Y Cymro. The advent of ITV in Wales saw him send some trial films in and he was asked him to do more work by the company - the start of his second career as a freelance cameraman.

He later became a part-time lecturer in photography and was described as an "inspirational teacher " in his third career.

Renowned for his portraits and landscapes he has had several exhibitions. A major one in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth for his 80th birthday.

He was honoured by Gorsedd y Beirdd and was awarded an OBE.


Wales' industrial coast on show

Mr Tiley's photographs feature scenes across Wales starting with the Second Severn Crossing Credit: Roger Tiley
A view from the Dee Estuary in North Wales Credit: Roger Tiley

Wales' industrial coast-scape comes under the spotlight in a new touring exhibition.

Photographer Roger Tiley was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales to carry out the work, which took a year to produce.

The exhibition features photographs from various locations from the Severn Bridge to the Dee Estuary.

'The Manufactured Coast-scape' tour starts at the Cynon Valley Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday.