It Seems Like Yesterday

The Right Honourable The Lord Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, PC, FRS, FSS is the full title of Harold Wilson, who was twice the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom—from October 1964 to June 1970, and then again from March 1974 to April 1976. 

I photographed the Labor Party Prime Minister in 1965 during the Christmas holidays at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister. The following year, I photographed the PM with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House on his visit to Washington, D.C.

Wilson’s accomplishments during his time in office are most impressive: abolishing capital punishment; theatre censorship; and decriminalization of male homosexuality. He pushed through many forward-thinking bills, including the Race Relations Act of 1968; the Divorce Reform Act of 1969; and the Abortion Act of 1967. Think about it… that’s quite a legacy.

Prime Minister Harold Wilson at home in London in 1964. 

An Oxford History Don before becoming Prime Minister, interestingly, he refused to commit British troops to the Vietnam War. Yet he offered to try to negotiate a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese.

Over the years, I often photographed Harold Wilson and found him to be an amicable subject… it was an interesting time for me, covering the political goings-on in Britain—both the Conservative and the Labor Party Conferences in Brighton and Scarborough. I enjoyed it actually. Then I moved on to the American political scene—each president quite compelling in his own way. I am actually working on a book of my photographs covering the political scene over the last 50+ years… I’ll keep you posted.