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Photographs Lift Lid on 24 Hour Economy

Posted on the 28 January 2015 by 72point @72hub

NEWS COPY – WITH PICTURES – by Harriet Crawford

These picture portraits lift the lid on Britain’s hidden army of night workers – taken with a camera which works in the dark.

The striking photographs shed light on the seven million ‘five-to-niners’ who toil through the early hours.

Just under a quarter of the UK’s workers clock in as everyone else heads home for the evening.

The documentary series ’24 Hour Economy’ reveals the efforts of those who keep the country going 24 hours a day.

It includes images of guards at Hampton Court Palace, railway engineers in Bristol and a fruit and vegetable seller in Borough Market.




The series was shot by news photographer David Hedges, who was awarded Young Photographer of the Year at The Picture Editors’ Guild Awards in 2013.

He used a Sony a7s camera, a 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera which has unrivaled sensitivity to low-light conditions up to ISO 409,600.

David, of Bristol, said: “Being a news photographer, you have to be able to capture scenes and moments quickly – and generally the set-up and lighting is completely beyond your control.

“Having a camera which can perform well in low light such as the Sony a7S opens up so many more creative options for the photographer.”


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