Twenty Feet from the Stars - Talk by Howard Denner AFIAP
Twenty Feet from the Stars - Talk by Howard Denner AFIAP

Tues 21st Nov 2023 7:30pm - 10:00pm

A profusely illustrated account of 16 years photographing rock, blues and jazz spanning the transition from film to digital. (Visitors £5.00)

About Howard Denner

Howard Denner was born in 1944 in Merthyr Tydfil

Main Career
He trained as a biochemist and, after a period in academic research, joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food in London in 1972. In 1992 he was appointed Chief Scientist (Food). In 1996 he took the opportunity of voluntary early retirement so that he could devote more time to photography.

Photographic Career
He was given his first camera, a Brownie 127, at the age of 11 & had worked his way up to an SLR by the age of 18. He joined his first Camera Club in Rhiwbina, Cardiff in 1969 & was inspired by a group of members to attend Jorge Lewinski’s Modern Portrait Photography Course at Barry Summer School in 1970. He attended the same course in 1971 & 1973 by which time his photographic compass as a street photographer had been set for life. His first project, photographing an area of his home town that was scheduled for demolition, resulted in a one-man exhibition in London in 1974. Fifty years on, these images will be exhibited again in a major exhibition in Merthyr in Sept/Oct 2023.

He has won many awards in national & international competitions and has judged competitions at all levels including International Salons of Photography. The demands of his main career limited his photography for many years but in 1996, at the age of 52, he began a new career as a freelance press photographer. He specialised in live music & photographed at all the major venues such as Wembley, the O2, Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court, Royal Festival Hall as well as at festivals such as Glastonbury & the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He has photographed an extraordinary range of legends from James Brown, B.B King and Eric Clapton to Diana Ross, Madonna and Debbie Harry. He lived in London from 1972 to 2013 then retired to Norfolk to work on his extensive photographic archive.

More information may be found on Howard’s website:

Here are a selection of Howard’s images:

BB King

Eric Clapton



Diana Ross