Leslie Hammond

South Africa
After leaving The South African College School in Cape Town, Leslie Hammond worked as an advertisement illustrator in a commercial art studio for three years. During his nine-month compulsory military service in Pretoria, he trained as a photographer. In 1968 he joined The Argus newspaper in Cape Town. During his 17 year employment at this newspaper, he covered major news events, such as floods, air crashes, political riots, sporting tours, and made overseas reportages on fashion, travel and other news related items. He considers one of the highlights of his career travelling around Africa with H.R.H. Prince Charles during his visit as Chairman of The Southern African Development Board. In 1985, Hammond left the newspaper industry for the world of commercial photography.