A bead of sweat trickles down Chris Jackson’s forehead as he steadies his forefinger over his camera’s shutter-release button. His steely focus narrows on a set of brown wooden doors. Around him, the hubbub from fellow photographers, the police and crowds of fans crescendos to a dull murmur as he waits for “the” moment.
In just a few seconds, Jackson will have taken hundreds of photographs capturing the first moment the world sets eyes on the newest member of the British royal family outside the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital in London. Minutes later, his photographs will have been published on websites from London to Tokyo.
This scene is a world away from the photographer’s student days studying for a degree in Physiology and Psychology at Cardiff University.
“Much of my time was spent developing photos in my home-made dark room in the cellar,” Getty Images’ royal photographer tells The Independent. While at university, Jackson pursued his ambition to become a photographer after securing a graduate loan (“on top of my student loan”) and has been working with the visual media company for 15 years.
“The role of royal photographer developed organically over the years and it seemed the perfect job that encapsulated everything I loved about photography – travel and the opportunity to document history in the making,” he says.
In early 2019, Jackson – who is married to the Duchess of Cambridge’s personal assistant Natasha Archer – was…