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James Ritchie


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James Ritchie began his film career as a still photographer for Pathe Pictures Ltd. in 1936. In 1940, he moved to the Pathe Gazette as a cameraman. During the war, he spent six years as an RAF photographer, spending two years at the RAF Film Unit, Pinewood.

After the war, Ritchie worked as a cameraman for Films of Fact [qv], and as such worked on several issues of Mining Review. His first credit is for ‘KEEP IT MOVING’ in Mining Review 1st Year No.7 of March 1948. His final credit is for ‘RAISING THE OUTPUT’ in Mining Review 3rd Year No.4 of December 1949.

In the early fifties, Ritchie left Data to join British Transport Films [qv] where he worked as Director of Photography. His credits there include ‘FARMER MOVING SOUTH’ (1952).

Sources; Accessed 9/2/2006:
NoS Number 334743; Mining Review 1st Year Number 7; Date released March 1948: NoS Number 345636; Mining Review 3rd Year Number 4; Date released December 1949: The Informational Film Yearbook, 1948, p.103.

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