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      February 13, 2018

      Tuesday   7:30 PM

      Magdalen Street
      Exeter, Devon EX2 4HY

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      Meet the Author February

      Pi Meet the Author evening Join us on Tuesday 13th February at the Hotel Du Vin to meet and join conversations with Richard Lappas. About Richard Lappas A remarkable book spanning the 40 year career of one of the UK’s top photo journalists will spill the beans on how some of the most iconic news photographs were achieved. Modestly titled More By Luck Than Judgement, the book consists of around 100 photographs depicting some of the biggest news stories in the South West.  However the stories behind snatching these pictures aren’t always a case of ‘right place, right time’.   They relied on meticulous research, tenacity, daring, a touch of luck and above all, a sense of humour. The man behind the lens is Richard Lappas, based on the Somerset/Devon border, whose award-winning pictures are still regularly seen in the UK’s national newspapers, particularly the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times. In this fascinating book you will find out how Richard virtually camped out for a fortnight, in a hedge, to capture Prince Edward training to be a Royal Marine; how he served fruit and veg during an assignment to photograph Princess Diana and how Margaret Thatcher rescued his lens after it rolled down a hill and threatened to disrupt her husband’s golf match. The book captures the unforgetable and hilarious story behind former BBC Jennie Bond’s mystery ‘boob job’, rising star Hugh Grant with his then girlfriend Liz Hurley opening a fête which turned into a media scrum and the Queen visiting a pub.   There are inevitably a collection of animal stories, including the pigeon who joined the police force and the farmer who devised a way of feeding his cows by computer.  On a more serious note, Richard’s series of pictures of a heartbroken farmer during the foot and mouth crisis, was an image that summed up the entire tragedy.  Richard’s iconic shots of Leyland Branfield became known as the Crying Farmer and were splashed across several pages of the Daily Mail as well as going global.  Major news stories such as Genette Tate’s disappearance, the Penlee Lifeboat disaster and former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe’s trial are included, as well as many a tale of action at Taunton’s cricket ground and on the football touchlines. Even a potentially dry story about Taunton museum taking delivery of a collection of Roman coins, ended up on the front pages thanks to Richard’s unusual interpretation of the story. ‘A sense of humour definitely helps,’ Richard explains.  ‘There’s no time for clever lighting or asking everyone to say cheese.  The picture not only has to capture the moment, but tell the story in a vivid and compelling way. ’

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