Jim Lord, proprietor of Lords Photodigital in Brighouse, U.K., died after a short illness on October 7, 2014, at the age of 68.
He was a well-known and respected figure in the photo trade, having run Lords Photodigital (formerly Lords Photography) in Brighouse since 1979.
Lords Photography was founded in Cleckheaton in 1966 by Jim’s father Bil, a photographer. Soon Jim left his job at Simmon’s Cameras in Bradord and went to work with his father in the shop. His forte was running the business, serving customers and keeping the books whilst Bill took the photographs and worked in the darkroom. In 1974 his brother Steven joined the business.
As the business flourished further shops were opened, first in Heckmondwike and then in 1979 in Brighouse, taking over Bentley’s Camera Centre.
In the 1980s, Jim was one of the first members of PMA in the UK.
Jim was always an active member of Kodak Express, which he joined over 20 years ago. He embraced the change from film to digital photography and, once again, was one of the first shops in the country to install a Kodak Apex minilab and kiosks. These have been regularly upgraded and he was very proud to recently install the latest wide screen kiosks and promote printing from mobile phones via the Kodak Moments app.
When not at work, Jim was usually to be found photographing modern railway trains, capturing images of every livery variation in the country. At home he loved to listen to music, mostly classical but he had an eclectic ear for all genres. He also enjoyed films and TV.
However, he was most proud of Lords Photodigtal, the business he built up along with his brother Steven, who is currently UK chairman of PMA. Steven will continue to run the company.
He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, work colleagues and his many loyal customers.