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Incredible images taken by snapper who earned trust of notorious tough guys

The IRA funeral of Kevin ‘Tiny’ Donaghey
The IRA funeral of Kevin ‘Tiny’ Donaghey

HE’S the photographer who gets access to gangsters and terrorists like no other.

Brian Anderson has photographed IRA dissidents, loyalist godfathers, warlords, mobsters and many of our hardest men.

Brian Anderson

And he’s so accepted by them that they even gave him street names – Top Gun and 118 118.

Today we publish some of his amazing pictures for the first time, giving a unique insight into the lives of many of the country’s toughest men.

The ace photojournalist Brian Anderson now wants to shoot Gerry Hutch and Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley.

Having already gained access to some of Ireland’s and the UK’s hardmen, including former terror chief Johnny Adair, he has gained the trust of some of the most dangerous men in society.

Masked comrades of Derry-born IRA man Kevin ‘Tiny’ Donaghey at his wake in Manchester after he died in 2008. Prison keys and a Scarface DVD have been placed in his coffin

In an interview with the Sunday World, the fearless snapper admitted his chance to snap Hutch  (right) and Foley has been lost due to violent feuds still rumbling in Dublin.

“Gerry Hutch and Foley are still in my sights, I would love to get them in front of the lens though I don’t hold out much hope with what’s going on in Dublin now, but  you never know, it stopped surprising me some time ago who will say yes,” Anderson told the Sunday World.

Traveller bare-knuckle fighter and Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty

Anderson is so trusted by the tough guys he photographs that he’s got his own gangland names – Top Gun and 118 118. And he’s pictured men that would terrify even the most hardened journalist.

Johnny Adair with his son Jonathan who died of an overdose last month

His sensational work, displayed here today, has already been seen by millions on TV shows aired on Netflix.

And the man, the only photographer to be given access to the recent funeral of Johnny Adair’s son Jonathan, is set to storm the Christmas book market with his gritty collaboration Lock, Shot and Two Smoking Cameras (right), which also includes crime chiefs and hardmen from all across Ireland.

Dublin ex-drug dealer Scott Delaney is now living in Manchester

A documentary is also about to start filming on Brian’s dramatic career called In Focus, by Particular films in Glasgow.

The film will include some of Ireland’s notorious bad fellas such as Billy Clare, Scott Delaney and Jimmy ‘The Whale’ Gantly, tough men  like Joe Egan and paramilitaries like Mad Dog Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory.

Former CIRA psycho ‘Buffalo’ Billy Clare with an armed guard

Brian captured the only paramilitary funeral in England of former Derry man ‘Tiny’ Donaghey.

He’s had a remarkable 20-year career behind the lens from gangland and street photography to showbiz and finally becoming an official photographer to the Bay City Rollers!

Notorious loyalist Sam Crory is living in Troon with his former C Company boss Adair

“I definitely don’t condone crime or violence in any way shape or form.

“I’m just trying to document the notorious figures of the last 50 years or so.

Former Dublin heavyweight boxer Joe Egan

“It’s bit of social history just like photographers of the past that documented the likes of Al Capone or Lucky Luciano.

Jimmy ‘The Whale’ Gantley from Dublin was a close associate of The General

“Who knows – I still might be able to shoot The Monk before the film finishes,” he said.

Exiled UDA boss Johnny Adair looks out to sea from his new home in Troon, Scotland