Richard Jeeves: A photographer who captured Norfolk from every angle

Former EDP photographer Dick Jeeves with his plate camera. Photo: The Jeeves Family

Former EDP photographer Dick Jeeves with his plate camera. Photo: The Jeeves Family - Credit: Archant

The life of a regional newspaper photographer can be varied, one moment they may be capturing a breaking news story, the next photographing a WI meeting in a village hall.

AgricultureSquelching through the mud, Mr. Walter Bloomfield and Short move off to the fields to col

AgricultureSquelching through the mud, Mr. Walter Bloomfield and Short move off to the fields to collect another load of sugar beet at Heywood Farm, near DissDated 9 December 1957Photograph C1344 Dick Jeeves

Richard Jeeves did all of these during his career as an Eastern Daily Press photographer. Recording everything from life in rural Norfolk to the installation of a new weather vane at the top of Norwich Cathedral.

Mr Jeeves, known to most as Dick Jeeves, was born in Cambridgeshire in 1930 and moved to Norwich with his family in 1938 where he attended Bracondale School. At age 13, encouraged by his father, he enrolled at Norwich School of Art to pursue a course in photography. Which was followed by a five-year apprenticeship with the Norfolk photographer, John Seymour. In his early twenties Mr Jeeves completed two years National Service with the Royal Air Force before joining the EDP in 1953.

Possessing an artist's eye for a photograph, a nose for a story and an adventurous spirit Mr Jeeves quickly built up a strong portfolio of images capturing characters and events across Norfolk. Jan Jeeves, Mr Jeeves' wife said: 'For him it was a dream job he loved every minute of it.

'We can remember Dick going off for the day looking for pictures and the powers at be knew he would come back with something. I think he grew up with the artist's eye for a photograph.

A Lightning jet from RAF Coltishall taken during the period when the fast jets were based in Norfolk

A Lightning jet from RAF Coltishall taken during the period when the fast jets were based in Norfolk - Credit: EDPPICS


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'Now, you can take hundreds of shots and hope to get one picture but in Dick's day you had one shot a make a great picture. I think that was his skill, he was able to see a picture and a story.'

Retiring from the paper in 1993, Mr Jeeves worked as a freelancer and focussed on bird photography. During his 40 year career with the EDP Mr Jeeves found himself everywhere from breaking the sound barrier in the skies above Norfolk to a goal side view at Carrow Road.

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Zoe Jeeves, 25, Mr Jeeves' granddaughter said: 'The whole family is extremely proud of my granddad, he's incredibly talented and we love hearing about his photos.'

Mr Jeeves lives in Shotesham, near Norwich with his wife.

Occupations - Traditional CraftsReed cutter Eric Edwards of Ludham uses the marshman's traditional

Occupations - Traditional CraftsReed cutter Eric Edwards of Ludham uses the marshman's traditional transport, a reed lighter to punt across the River Ant at How Hill to the reed beds.Dated 2nd February 1987Photograph C1598 Jeeves

People at workP1670“As Christmas brings to an uneasy world its message of peace on earth and good wi

People at workP1670“As Christmas brings to an uneasy world its message of peace on earth and good will towards men, some comfort and hope may be gained from a picture such as this”. So ran our caption to this photo published on Christmas Eve, 1958. The young man is Billy Barham, shepherd and stockman. Aged 17, he tended 80 cattle and a small flock of pedigree Dorset horned sheep and lambs for John S Barber of Crogham Farm, Downham near Wymondham. The lambs he is holding are six weeks old.Picture by Dick Jeeves.Dated: December 1958DML Dec 2015

Runaway horse. Photo: Richard Jeeves

Runaway horse. Photo: Richard Jeeves - Credit: Richard Jeeves

ECN -- HISTORYPhotographer Dick Jeeves in a comic posed picture believed to be used in staff magazi

ECN -- HISTORYPhotographer Dick Jeeves in a comic posed picture believed to be used in staff magazineNo Date but believed to be early 1960sPlate P7888

David Mawson, left, architect, at the topping-out of Norwich Cathedral spire in the 1980s.Photo: Dic

David Mawson, left, architect, at the topping-out of Norwich Cathedral spire in the 1980s.Photo: Dick Jeeves (at foot of picture)Copy: Sarah Brealey - Credit: Dick Jeeves

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