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John Tarby is a Documentary Lighting Camerman in Central London working in both broadcast and business television.

I enjoy shooting film or video for clients who appreciate my traditional skills and value award-winning cinematography and precision video engineering over 'wobblycam'. That's not to say I don't use hand-held camera when it's needed eg from the back of a motorcycle, in boats out at sea, or whilst on skis. However my excellent portraiture is what is really appreciated (well Kylie Minogue told me she liked it! ) and has been applied to a host of celebrities. I have shot royalty, prime ministers, rock stars, actors, supermodels, world-class sportsmen and CEOs and they all survived to appear on tv or in blue chip corporate videos.

I became freelance in 1981 when it was almost unknown in TV. I have worked for: APTV, BBC (several departments), CBS, Channel 4, CNBC, EBN, ITN, ITV (Granada, LWT, Central, Southern), Reuters, Sky Sport, TV3 Sweden, TV Globo Brazil, VRT Sport (Belgium), BP Oil, BT, British Gas, Cunard, Fidelity Investments, IDV, Motorola, NCR, Philips, Unilever, University of London, Burson Marsteller, COI, Hill & Knowlton, Shandwick, J Walter Thompson & others.
I have my own ENG equipment and am a company director in a small video business - The Electronic Camera Company Ltd. When on location I prefer travelling light so there won't be tons of flight cases cluttering up your client's lobby or overloading your excess baggage allowance. I can light quickly and creatively, so it won't be a chore.

I am a Council member of the Guild of Television Cameramen and have been their Awards Event Organiser and Vice Chair. I am also chair of the Film & Video Group of the Royal Photographic Society, a member of BECTU camera department and I have been invited to judge camerawork for the IVCA, for the RPS and for the GTC.

Living in Docklands, I am a trustee in The History of Wapping Trust, an organisation that has published work from my extensive local history photo library. It also features in a permanent exhibition at The Turks Head in Wapping.

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