Paisley graduate and renowned music photographer receives Honorary Doctorate

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UWS awarded acclaimed music photographer Harry Papadopoulos, who is a graduate, with an Honorary Doctorate at its graduation ceremony on 18 November 2015 at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley.

Harry Papadopoulos, who graduated with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the former Paisley College of Technology (now UWS) in 1976, started off his career as a primary school maths and physics teacher. However, he is best known for his hugely important contribution to music photography in the 1980s.

Who would have thought, after all these years, I would be once more honoured. Myself and my family are very proud.

His photographic career began outside the Apollo in Glasgow, selling photos he had taken to gig-goers. He soon moved to London, and from 1979 to 1984 he worked as a staff photographer for Sounds, for which he provided countless front covers. He defined an era by capturing images of pop’s biggest stars including David Bowie, The Clash and Joy Division.

Following his time at Sounds, Harry became editor for a number of Marvel Comics publications, including Care Bears, Flintstones and Star Trek. After suffering a brain aneurysm in 2002, Harry returned to Glasgow and, as part of his long-term rehabilitation, assisted with curating the exhibition of his photographs at Street Level Photoworks, which received critical acclaim from the UK press and public alike, putting Paisley on the map.

Commenting on his award Harry Papadopoulos said: “Who would have thought, after all these years, I would be once more honoured. Myself and my family are very proud.”

Professor Craig Mahoney said: “Harry is a truly inspiring character who has overcome real adversity and we were delighted to be able to recognise and celebrate his achievements in this way. His photography is extremely highly regarded nationally and internationally and it was great to be able to welcome a former student such as himself back to UWS.”

Further information on Harry’s work can be found here.


Harry Papadopoulos receiving his Honorary Doctorate from UWS in 2015

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