Dorset photographer makes his mark on auto legends stamps
PHOTOGRAPHER James Mann is this week celebrating the launch of a set of postage stamps with his images on them.
British Auto Legends was inspired by the anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce in 1863 with a release of six stamps featuring the cream of the British motor industry from the sixties and seventies.
The first class issue feature a Jaguar E Type, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and an Aston Martin DB5. The international stamps include an MGB, Morgan Plus 8 and Lotus Esprit.
James, who lives in Bourton, said: "I had no idea of the stamps launch date, and then they were featured on Sunday's Top Gear TV programme.
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We photographed the cars over a week at the end of last summer at Plough studios in London and I've had to keep the subject secret until now."
A photographer for over 25 years, James has focused on cars and motorbikes from day one. He is author of the best selling How to Photograph Cars and has contributed to more than 50 other titles winning a best book award for his studio work in Art of the F1 Race Car. He is currently working on two more studio editions about Legends of Le Mans and Ducati motorcycles.
James had pitched for the Royal Mail stamps against a field of international specialist car photographers and said he was honoured to be chosen.
"Although I've never been a serious stamp collector I still have a stack of first day covers I was given as a lad so it was a real privilege to take on such a prestigious commission for the Royal Mail," he said.
The stamps are available in presentation packs at post offices and specially franked first day cover, postcards and prints from the Royal Mail website.
See more photographs of James Mann's stamps at www.blackmorevale.co.uk