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Simon Jacobs is a freelance news, feature and editorial photographer based in London with work frequently published in the UK national newspapers and publications around the globe. He has been a professional news photographer for nearly 30 years and began his career freelancing and then as a staffer for regional newspapers in North West London, before moving on to be Picture Editor for Newsquest London, and then as freelance photographer. Assigned for PR and corporate photography by high end PR clients and news organisations Simon also shoots web video and is a trained video editor.

"My love of photography began as a teenager when I  borrowed my father’s Yashica rangefinder camera for a school project. I self taught darkroom techniques in my blacked-out bedroom, much to the despair of my parents.

In my late teens I was offered a job at a local newspaper, The Barnet Press. Here I learned the best and fastest way- actually on the job. I stayed for four years leaving to freelance for the national press. The Times the Daily Express, The Press Association and National News Agency were among regular clients. In 1992 I joined the Newsquest group of regional newspapers and In 1997 became their Picture Editor. Whilst here I ran a desk of five senior photographers yet still undertook regular assignments myself. I developed this role, taking the Newsquest Media group from black and white darkroom through early colour scanning and printing into digital photography and on to web video. In 2008 left I Newsquest to return to freelancing in London and the South East region.

Current clients include, National newspapers and agencies, Arena Magazine, Samsung, Tesco, Waitrose, and many high end public relations agencies"

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