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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2007, 07:15 GMT
Film legends feature in new book
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Aberystwyth (picture: Raymond Daniel)

Some of the most famous faces of the 20th Century, caught on camera in mid Wales alongside local characters, are brought together in a new book.

Hollywood legends Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were among names captured by freelance photographer Raymond Daniel in a 40-year career.

Images of Prince Charles and Baroness Thatcher also feature in his book Camera'r Cymro (Welshman's Camera).

Mr Daniel, from Llanddewi-Brefi, saw his work published around the world.

The retrospective also features local characters, officials and events such as the National Eisteddfod.

However, probably his most notable photo is of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood's biggest couple by the time they visited Aberystwyth in 1975.

This photo of Prince Charles was taken in Aberystwyth in 1969 (picture: Raymond Daniel)
I don't really speak - I just press the shutter and that is that
Raymond Daniel

But Mr Daniel said he was not intimidated by their fame or notoriety.

"I don't really speak - I just press the shutter and that is that," he said.

"People asked me what it was like taking photos of people like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, but I was thinking about which of my lenses would give me the best shot.

"These pictures have been hanging around for years in my filing cabinet so it seems strange to me that people should place some value on them."

Mr Daniel first photographed Burton in 1971 while the Welsh actor was filming Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. He is photographed with comedian Ryan Davies.

Author and freelance journalist Lyn Ebenezer, who was with Mr Daniel when many of the pictures were taken, recalls the "memorable day".

He said: "We went down to Fishguard on spec and were told Burton and others drank at the Dinas Arms pub.

"But when I arrived it was empty. I ordered a pint but decided to go for a walk. When I came back later and the pub was packed.

"I still had my pint at the bar so I tapped this person on the shoulder to ask him to pass it to me and that person happened to be Richard Burton.

Actress Julie Christie (picture: Raymond Daniel)
Actress Julie Christie was photographed in Machynlleth

"He was a lovely man and cancelled the rest of the day's filming and spent it with us talking."

In 1975, Burton, his brothers Verdun and Dai, and Taylor visited Aberystwyth to see her son who had moved to live nearby, and Mr Daniel was on hand again to record the occasion.

"He (Mr Daniel) is the sort of bloke you don't realise is there. His pictures are very natural," added Mr Ebenezer, who was working for the Welsh-language newspaper Y Cymro at the time and writes the text in Welsh to accompany the book of photographs.

"When Prince Charles studied at Aberystwyth University for a term in 1969, Ray took a photo of him," said Mr Ebenezer.

"Some years later someone who knew Ray had been to the Prince's home at Highgrove and saw the photo framed and hanging in his house."

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