World famous photographer leaves legacy to The Christie

Press release posted 5th October 2015

World famous celebrity photographer Harry Goodwin has left thousands of photographs and his camera equipment to leading cancer centre The Christie in his will.

Harry Goodwin, who died aged 89, was resident photographer at the BBC's Top of the Pops from its launch in 1964 and into the 70s, and was renowned for his images of pop stars and sports personalities.

Stars he captured in his photos included The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Muhammed Ali, George Best, The Bee Gees, Cher, Stevie Wonder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rusholme born Harry, who grew up in Chorlton, was one of the most gifted and trusted photographers of his generation. He lived in Manchester for most of his life and died in 2013 after a short illness.

His love of photography began in the RAF during the Second World War when his job was to load cameras in reconnaissance planes in Burma. After the war he returned to Manchester and began taking pictures professionally on the beauty pageant and boxing circuits.

He first photographed The Beatles in 1963 at The Apollo in Manchester, and went on to have a close relationship with the band. In 2007 Yoko Ono opened a permanent exhibit of his photographs at the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool.

Harry's collection represents an important photographic archive of Manchester United players including George Best, Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Bryan Robson, Peter Schmeichel, Martin Edwards, Paul Gascoigne and Eric Cantona.

His photograph of Sir Matt Busby was used for his plaque at Old Trafford and several of his prints are in the National Portrait Gallery in London,

Celebrities who were still in touch with Harry until his death included Sir Paul McCartney, Barry Gibb and Sir Alex Ferguson.

In 2009 he was honoured by the Lord Mayor of Manchester with a lifetime achievement award and more recently an exhibition of his work went on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Lowry in Salford.

The Christie charity is now working with premier auction house Ewbank's in Surrey, to host an auction of the iconic and valuable pieces of work. Ewbank's will waive its commission so that the entire hammer total will go to The Christie.

The photographs can be viewed at The pictures can also be viewed in person at Ewbank's Auction House on Wednesday 28th October and Thursday 29thfrom 10am to 5pm.The sale of the photos and negatives will take place on Friday, 30th October at 12noon both at Ewbank's Auction House and online.

Funds raised from the photographs, along with a bequest that Harry also left in his will to The Christie charity, will go towards a number of different projects and initiatives at The Christie. These include research, funding the latest cancer fighting technology, and providing patient care above and beyond what the NHS can offer.

Marie Toller, major relationships manager at The Christie charity, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Harry Goodwin for thinking of The Christie in his will. Harry left some incredibly prized photos to us. He also left a financial gift which will go towards supporting both our current and future patients.

"Over the last five years The Christie charity has received over£5million through gifts in wills of all different sizes. These gifts allow us to continue to invest in the best treatment, care and research for our patients."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who helped raise £13.3m last year.

For more information about leaving a gift in your will to The Christie, visit

Other stars that Harry photographed and whose pictures are left in the legacy to The Christie include:

The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Vincent Price, Joe Frazier, Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Sting, Marianne Faithfull, Frankie Howard, Shirley Bassey, Ricky Hatton, Sam Fox, Blondie, Angela Rippon, Iron Maiden, Glen Campbell and Elton John.