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Born in Leeds in 1934, Terry was involved with photography at 14, mixing chemicals at 100 gallons a time for a processing firm.

His first camera was a Reid, an imitation Leica, but while in Egypt, he acquired a twin-lens Rolleiflex and never looked back. Back home he got a job at Butlins and learned all about "crashing 'em out" (speed printing), knocking on doors to photograph babies, and Saturday night dances.

When tuba player Bob Barclay opened his famous Studio 20 in Leeds, with jazz seven nights a week, Terry started to take photographs for the musicians who played there.

Louis Armstrong's 1956 visit was his first American concert experience, then he toured with Jimmy Rushing and Eddie Condon's Chicago mob. Returning from a Big Bill Broonzy gig he broke his back in a car crash; Rushing wrote to him in hospital. Undaunted he was soon shooting again, encased in plaster.

Moving to London, he was straight on the scene, working for Jazz News for the princely sum of ten shillings a photograph (printing included). After making the nationals with some of his pictures, he joined the Associated Press.

words by Val Wilmer from her article "through a lens, darkly" - Wire Magazine 1989

Terry has lived and worked in Yorkshire for the past 30 years.