“Stanley Kubrick left school in the mid-1940s and became a professional photographer for Look magazine. In fact, as a teenager, he was the youngest staff photographer the magazine ever employed. He began with a plate camera and then moved on to the 2.25 format.
“In the early 1950s he moved over to 35mm SLR cameras and never looked back. He probably had more cameras than shirts and though he sometimes dallied with other makes Nikon was always his preferred system.
“I only ever knew him to defer to two people on matters photographic: Geoffrey Crawley, one time editor of the BJP*, and Gray Levett and the Grays of Westminster gang down in Pimlico who continue to give us an unrivalled service”.
– Tony Frewin
Personal Assistant to Stanley Kubrick
Director of Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Lolita, Spartacus, Paths of Glory, The Killing, Killer's Kiss.
* BJP British Journal of Photography
“Straight off, Churton Street is the wrong address.
“Where should they be, I hear you ask? The answer is obvious, Harley Street.
“With the kind of specialist care and advice that is Grays hallmark, there should be a waiting room with old copies of Punch and Country Life.
“On a serious note, one doesnt just shop at Grays of Westminster, youre made welcome and served by people who know and care equally for the Nikon product and their valued customers. And whether youre buying a filter or the latest camera body the help and courtesy will be at the same high and all too rare level.
“This extraordinary mixture of kindness and knowledge puts every other shop, camera or otherwise, to shame.”.
– John Krish
John Krish, writer, editor and director of both features and documentary films started his career in the early part of the Second World War when he was 16 as an assistant to directors and editors in the GPO Film Unit that became the Crown Film Unit.
With such a thorough apprenticeship he was to develop into a writer and director whose work ranged from Science Fiction, Unearthly Stranger to sophisticated British comedy, Decline and Fall. His television work included The Avengers and many familiar commercials.
Recently his long career in Documentary has come to the notice of the critics who described him as the master of Post War Documentary and the compilation, A Day in the Life with four of his deeply felt films was given The Evening Standard Award for Best Documentary.
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