After more than 40 years, internationally recognized racing and stud photographer Trevor Jones is retiring on April 30 but his life's work is racing on as part of the archive of Racingfotos.com, Britain's horseracing picture agency.
Trevor's career has taken him worldwide working throughout Britain, Europe, America, Hong Kong and Japan for clients including royalty. He was His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's official photographer of the Dubai World Cup for 16 years.
Trevor's archive ranges from top stallions from the bloodstock industry to race action in some of the world's most exotic locations including the frozen lake at St. Moritz, the Dubai desert and the sea shore at Laytown, Ireland, and images of more than four decades of racing personalities, owners, trainers and jockeys. The library covers all English Classics, major European races and the Breeders' Cup from 1987 as well as racing events in Japan and Hong Kong from Trevor's coverage of 150 race days a year worldwide.
Explaining his decision to retire, Trevor, 68, says: “I had intended going on to at least 70 but I now need to have some heart surgery at Papworth Hospital so it seemed an ideal time to bow out and enjoy the grandchildren.”
“We have always prided ourselves on the quality of our service – being able to find something specific for a client. Racingfotos.com offers us a chance to do that in a digital age. This way the work is still tangible and we can benefit from it.”
Racingfotos.com's Managing Director Andy Watts said: “Every photographer with experience of live racing knows and looks up to Trevor. I know I do. Whether they're capturing races or the magnificence of stud horses, Trevor's photographs are some of the best I've ever seen which is why he has earned his reputation.”
“Racingfotos is absolutely delighted to have been chosen to run his archive adding tens of thousands of images to our own library. I can honestly say it's a genuine honour.”
Within the archive are four of Trevor's own favourite pictures: of champion Frankel on his arrival at Banstead Manor peering over his stable door in fascination at George the yard cat, the late trainer Sir Henry Cecil leading in his own grey mount, Frankel's first foal born at The National Stud, which was the only foal of this age Trevor can remember being featured on the front page of The Times and stallion Sadler's Wells (Frankel's grandfather) in the paddock.
Cameras have always been part of Trevor's working life. Starting with a job in a camera shop in Eastbourne he graduated to sports coverage for prestigious agencies such as Allsport (now Getty Images) covering events from World Cup football to Wimbledon before focussing on horseracing and bloodstock, with his work featured in the world's leading sports publications including Sports Illustrated in America.
He has always been an innovator: in the eighties he was among the first photographers to produce racing images in colour. Trevor also brought the skill of a sports photographer to photography of the thoroughbred stallion to capture its power and beauty. He encouraged owners to depart from the standard conformation portrait and was the first to photograph stallions on the move, loose in the paddock, for stud clients. “Not everyone thought it would be fun standing in a paddock with a stallion galloping loose” said Trevor who, miraculously, escaped unharmed last year when a yearling reared up and jumped on him during a photo shoot.
As one of the most respected photographers in the sport of racing Trevor was the retained photographer for the highly acclaimed Pacemaker International magazine for nearly twenty years. In the mid nineties he and his wife Gill moved their own freelance agency, Thoroughbred Photography Limited, to Newmarket. This archive can now be accessed through Racingfotos.com.
Trevor is now looking forward to enjoying his retirement with Gill and
their menagerie (consisting of a Scarlet Macaw and Amazon parrot, two dogs, a cat and four chickens.) As Gill says: “Trevor has never done anything other than work in his whole life so he'll have time to relax and enjoy the family – we'll be living close to the South Downs National Park so we'll have a chance to unwind.”
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