RIP Chris Hondros

Not at all cycling related, but last week saw the incredibly sad news that a Getty Images photographer called Chris Hondros passed away after being mortally injured whilst shooting in Misrata, Libya. 
Chris was a true talent, whose passion and dedication to capturing such important visual records in various besieged areas of the world – Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Kashmir, provided the world with pictures that spoke more than thousands of words ever could. 

My heart goes out to Chris’s family and friends. I remember answering a call from him whilst he was in Afghanistan a few years ago, where he was apologising for connection issues and that he was sorry in case we saw corrupted files from him on the picture desk. I could hear from the background noise that he wasn’t exactly filing images from a nice quiet office – and I thought it was almost funny this guy was worried about his images getting through when he was filing from such an incredibly hard environment to work in! He was a true professional and his death has touched many at Getty – Although my dealings with the man were limited to that one phone call – I know he will leave a lasting legacy and his images will provide so much inspiration to many photojournalists – young and old alike.

Rouleur Issue 1 Auction

The guys over at the excellent Rouleur journal found a handful of their hallowed out-of-press Issue one somewhere deep within their vaults. This much sought after edition commands lucrative figures on auction sites for the discerning collector. Rouleur are auctioning off the last 5 remaining copies of this amazing magazine in aid of the John Ibbotson Fund, helping to raise funds in the memory of John Ibbotson to help fund aspiring young talent to race in Europe. A wonderful and worthwhile cause I’m sure readers will agree, simply send a bid to , and the five highest bidders will receive notification and payment instructions once the auction ends on 21st March 2011. So get bidding – support young racers and acquire a small yet neatly formed piece of cycling history. Good Luck!


The first issue of Rouleur, published in May of 2006, includes 68 pages with features on the much-debated issue of Campagnolo or Shimano, the fixed-gear bicycle and the Dauphine Liberee, and an interview with legendary rouleur, Magnus Backstedt. The photographs in this issue were taken by Gerard Brown and Ben Ingham.
Full list of contents:

Redoubtable Rouleurs by Rouleur contributors
Pride & Prejudice by Rouleur contributors
Le Tourmalet by Graeme Fife
Dauphine by Gerard Brown
Kraftwerk by Jack Thurston
Obsession by Ben Ingham
Fixed Idea by Matt Seaton
Magnus by Guy Andrews
The cover photograph was taken by Ben Ingham.
Rouleur 1 is out of print. Guide Price circa £150.

Les Mémoires Du Peloton

Prendas have produced a top notch retro 2011 calendar with iconic photographs of yesterdays cycling gladiators, from Mercx to Moser to Indurain and even very own british hero Malc Elliot! Its a great calendar to hang on the wall and jot down all your upcoming ride and race dates…. a wonderful stocking filler this Christmastime. Available here

Getty Images 2010 In Review

Apologies for the non-cycling related post, just thought id share this pretty ‘epic’ video. It chronicles the highlights of Getty Images in 2010, I saw this on the big screen in our employee broadcast recently, and it pretty much took my breath away. The amazing thing was seeing images I had handled, and looking at them out of the context now the moment has passed I begin to realise what a powerful story photographs can tell. Oh, and there’s some cycling pics naturally. Enjoy…