Ronnie Biggs, one of the ‘Great Train Robbers’ sitting on a merry-go-round in Rio promoting his book, ‘Ronnie Biggs: His Own Story’.
Note: Image unearthed February 2018.
Arthur recalls: “This was a picture exclusive, the newspaper I was working with at the time were doing a special four page pull-out on Ronnie’s new book. I was flown out to Rio and before the pre-arranged meet I had half a day to scout for a suitable location, I’d never been to Brazil and had no idea where to go apart from the beach. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we drove past the fairground and just so happened to spot the miniature train. I knew it would make a fantastic picture, I just had to convince Ronnie, he couldn’t stop laughing when I showed him. The journalist that wrote the story called the piece Samba, Sex & Sorrow, hence the title.”
Camera: Leica 35mm.
Film stock: Kodak Tri-X Pan.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital.
Printed by: Metro Imaging.
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Ronnie Biggs Quotes:
‘There’s a difference between criminals and crooks. Crooks steal. Criminals blow some guy’s brains out. I’m a crook’
‘One report said that since my time on the run I’ve had 2,500 girlfriends. I mean you got to realize, I’ve been on the run for more than 30 years, I have got to have had more than that’
‘It has been rumoured that I was the brains of the robbery, but that was totally incorrect. I’ve been described as the tea boy, which is also incorrect’
Biography: Ronald Arthur Biggs (8 August 1929 – 18 December 2013) was an English thief, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile. In 2001, he returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in prison, where his health rapidly declined. Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2009 and died in a nursing home in December 2013.