ONE of Sheffield’s best known and most respected professional photographers has died at the age of 64.
Freelance lensman Martin Jenkinson will be best remembered for his pictures - many of which are considered to be iconic - taken over three decades dating back to the early 1980s.
Pictures such as Arthur Scargill’s arrest at Orgreave and countless others depicting the dark days of industrial conflict when the Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher dismantled the coal and steel industries.
London-born Martin moved to Sheffield in 1976 and made his home in Nether Edge.
A former steelworker, he became a valued teacher on digital photography courses.
Based here in the city, his work and commitment took him everywhere that workers were in struggle.
His many photographs of the 1984 to 1985 NUM Strike and of pit heads prior to their destruction are regarded by historians as valuable records of the industrial and working class history of this country.
Dozens of tributes have been paid following his death. Bill Ronksley, of Sheffield Trades Union Council, said: “Martin was a dedicated, hardworking trade unionist who used his many talents recording and photographing the struggles of working people in numerous occupations and industries, particularly in the coal mining industry.”
Yorkshire NUJ activist Pete Lazenby said: “Martin’s professionalism was combined with his passionate political beliefs. “It comes across in his images. He leaves us a massive and unique archive, an absolute treasure house of working class history.”
Martin leaves a wife Edwina and daughter Justine.Edwina said: “Martin had an eye for a picture. Whether it be something he saw on a picket line, to something more quirky such as odd signs we saw on our travels, or views and places.
Justine said: “On one occasion mum and dad were returning from an evening out when he pulled up without warning in Attercliffe.
“Leaving mum in the car wondering what was happening dad had spotted a steel worker taking a break and he had pulled up to take his picture. That was dad.”
Martin’s funeral is on Wednesday, June 27, at 2pm, at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium. Anyone wishing to attend the service are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org so Martin’s Family can get an idea of numbers. The family request no flowers please as there will be a collection after the ceremony. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/pancreaticcancer/rememberMartin Jenkinson
There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Red Lion, London Road Heeley afterwards. Martin’s family would like to stress that this is a celebration of his life and, in keeping with Martin’s respect of formality, black is not an essential dress code.