Photographer captured all aspects of local life on lens

Jim Lord
Jim Lord

Tributes have been paid to a prominent Brighouse businessman who died earlier this month.

Jim Lord, proprietor of Lords Photodigital on Commercial Street, Brighouse, died peacefully on October 7, aged 68, after a short illness.

James Leslie Harrison-Lord, better known as Jim Lord, was a well respected figure in Brighouse, having run Lords Photodigital (formerly Lords Photography) on Commercial Street since 1979.

Born on August 31, 1946, Jim lived with his parents, Bill and Selina Lord, in Chapel Croft, Rastrick, and later moved to Brighouse.

After attending Carr Green Junior School Jim went on to Rastrick Grammar School until 1962 when he left to go to Technical College in Huddersfield, studying chemistry.

His first job was at a chemical company in Cleckheaton called Killgerm. But his heart was never in the chemical industry and after a couple of years he left to work in a camera shop in Bradford.

Jim’s father Bill had been a photographer since he was 18 and was well known in the area, both in Brighouse and Cleckheaton. In 1966 he opened his own shop, Lords Photography, in Cleckheaton.

Soon Jim left the Bradford job 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.

Jim was always at the forefront of modern technology and he had a particular gift with computers, using them for all manner of tasks. At work he invested in one of the first EPOS computer till and stock control systems in the country.

More recently, he embraced the change from film to digital photography and, once again, was one of the first shops in the country to install Kodak digital printing kiosks. These have been regularly upgraded and he was very proud recently to add printing from mobile phones via an app. Recently, he was assisted by his nephews Thomas and Matthew in promoting the company via social media.

When not at work, Jim was usually to be found photographing modern railway trains, capturing images of every livery variation in the country.

He was most proud of the businesses he built up along with his brother Steven, Lords Photodigtal on Commercial Street and Harrison Lord on Bradford Road. Steven will continue to run the company.

Jim will be sadly missed by his family, friends, work colleagues and his many loyal customers.