A NEW book has brought together some of the finest works of one of Wales' most respected photographers, Geoff Charles, of Brymbo.
Ioan Roberts, who worked with Geoff on the Welsh language newspaper Y Cymro, has compiled a series of pictures which perfectly capture Welsh history and its people in Cymru Geoff Charles, launched earlier this month at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Geoff was born in Brymbo in 1909 and died in 2002.
His pictures are credited with reflecting an era lost forever, following the gradual decline of traditional ways of life and shifts in rural and industrial communities over the last 50 years.
The earliest image in the book dates from 1934 with an image of the Gresford mining disaster, the most recent photograph was taken in 1984 at the National Eisteddfod in Lampeter.
Ioan Roberts said: 'I was a young reporter starting out on my career on Y Cymro when I first met Geoff, in 1969. He became my constant driving companion while on the trail of a story.
'People may not be aware, but he was also a qualified journalist and was fascinated by people and their history. He had an innate feeling for what made a good story and in turn what made a good photograph.
'He was aware even when I was working with him all those years ago that he was photographing history - this was of great importance for him and what made him different from other photographers of his era.
'He was also an excellent cataloguer, but with more than 120,000 images to choose from within the National Library's collection in Aberystwyth, the task of compiling this book was never going to be easy!'
Wil Troughton, the National Library's visual images librarian, said: 'The Geoff Charles collection is a unique record of Welsh life and today his archive is one of the treasures of The National Library of Wales.
Cymru Geoff Charles is the product of many years of painstaking research by Ioan Roberts and is a fitting testament to Geoff's work and his legacy to current and future generations.'