Birmingham through the lens – a JC fundraiser

2 April, 2024

A book of fascinating news photos by one of the country’s top photojournalists Bernard “Bunny” Hess has raised a further £1,000 for The Journalists Charity.

“Bunny” was regarded as “Mr. Birmingham” and a tribute in the Birmingham Mail said he “captured Brum like no other news photographer”. He worked for the Birmingham Evening Mail most of his newspaper career until his retirement in the 1990s. He died two years ago, aged 94.

When the book of his photos “Through the Lens: A Life in News” was published, Marc Reeves, the Midlands Editor-in-Chief of Reach plc, publishers of the Birmingham Mail, said “The years disappear and you feel drawn to the company of living, breathing, real people. That’s what Bunny’s photos do, and did, brilliantly.”

Initial sales of the book had already raised £1,000 for the Journalists Charity.

Bunny’s son John – who produced the book and curated the collection – said: “I’ve been amazed at the goodwill and wonderful memories the collection of my father’s news photographs continue to generate.

“He would be delighted that a further £1,000 has been raised through sales of the book for the Journalists Charity. Whether funny, heart-breaking or tragic, the 36 pictures in the book capture the very best of photojournalism.

“Dad was an active supporter of the Journalists Charity and regularly attended JC fund raising events in Birmingham. It was a social gathering but also an opportunity to help others in the industry who needed help ”

Copies of the “Through the Lens: A Life in News” can be purchased for £25, inc p&p. Contact