One of the founding fathers of the UK Picture Editors' Guild, and its first chairman, Stewart Boyd, has died in Edinburgh after a long illness. He was 73.
For 20 years Stewart Boyd was picture editor of The Scotsman. He joined the Edinburgh based paper in April 1958, and worked his way up from tube boy. He became a sub-editor and night editor until his appointment as Picture Editor in 1972. He remained in that post until 1992.
Over the years he was an active member of the National Union of Journalists at chapel level and with the Edinburgh and District branch of the NUJ first as secretary and then as chairman. He was also a member of the NUJ's national Appeals Tribunal for several years.
After becoming picture editor he realised there was a need for a body to give a voice to others in similar positions. Together with Paddy Hicks of PA and Peter Woodman of the Newcastle Chronicle, he helped found the UK Picture Editors' Guild and became its first chairman - holding office from 1982 to 1992.
Upon leaving The Scotsman, Stewart undertook a number of jobs in market research and journalism before setting up Contax - a consultancy in media relations, human resources and market research.
But the lure of the open sea was always close to his heart. As a boy he was taught to sail off St Andrews, where he spent school holidays with his grandmother.
Stewart was past Commodore of the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club and a member of the Royal Forth Yacht Club and Dunbar Sailing Club. Between 1975 and 1978 Stewart took various Royal Yachting Association and Department of Trade and Industry courses at Leith Nautical College. He followed this up in 1978 by becoming vice chairman of Leith Nautical College - remaining in office until its closure in 1987.
The Forth was mainly his yachting playground, but he also sailed widely in UK waters, and ventured across the Atlantic and the Pacific when he joined a boat taking part in the RAFYC Round the World Rally .He was elected to the council of the Royal Yachting Association Scotland to represent the Forth area, and became secretary of the RYAS in 1993. He served for 17 years with his unique enthusiasm and skill. He decided to step down after reaching 70 in 2010. Stewart also joined the Council of RYA and for a number of years was a regular participant in their discussions. In 2005 he received from Princess Anne the award for Distinguished Services to Yachting in the UK.
In the winter months when sailing was not possible Stewart turned his attention to rugby - as a player and referee then as an avid spectator. He was also a keen curler, being a long time member of Merchiston Curling Club.
He had the distinction of being the club's president in its bi-centennial year in 2009/10.
His wife Elizabeth died in 2008. Stewart is survived by his two brothers David and Douglas, nephews and nieces and great nephews.
Graham Milloy, former picture editor at BBCTV, died at the age of 69 on December 5th at his home in Kingston and was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium on Thursday, December 19th.
His coffin was led into the chapel to the sound of Flowers of the Forest played by the piper to London Scottish Rugby Club where Graham played when he first came to London from Edinburgh in the early 1970s.
More than 40 family and friends were welcomed by his son James who said his father taught him the value of good company and good food. "It is probably why I weighed 15 stone by the age of 15".
Boyhood friend Alan Mackay recalled Graham, the son of a Detective Chief Inspector, growing up in Morningside, Edinburgh and attending Watson's College which numbered champion cyclist Chris Hoy, national rugby captain Gavin Hastings and Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, among its pupils.
"He gave up the dream of becoming an architect for a job as copy boy on The Scotsman" said Mr. Mackay. "It had the advantage of providing complimentary tickets to theatre shows and a cheap night out with a girl in return for a brief critique for the newspaper."
Promotion to the picture desk led on to London and the Daily Express where he played a part in the Ronnie Biggs scoop, the discovery in Rio of the Great Train Robber whose death was also announced this week.
Patrick Harpur, former BBC TV director, recalled how Graham was poached to bring new ideas and a hard edge to the broadcaster's news division. His first task would be to convert black and white wire pictures to colour. Asked how this could be achieved, Graham replied "Magic, dear boy, magic."
Graham Milloy was relentlessly optimistic that all setbacks could be overcome.
When his Burns Night dinner was over attended, he provided extra guest places on his dining board. Lost on the ski slopes in a white-out, he would confidently claim to know the way and head blindly onwards. Once, sinking at sea, he fired the rescue flare upside down and set the boat ablaze. But somehow, he survived all calamities.
He lost his BBC redundancy package in an ill-fated ski lodge venture which did nothing to prevent the break up of his marriage to Wendy, mother of his only child, James.
He later married Helen who helped care for him in his final days. Graham returned to the media when he went to work for London News Service in 1994 with responsibility for News of the World picture syndication.
The task stayed with him as it migrated to Alpha and then back in house at News International until his retirement.
Horst Faas, AP combat photographer, dies at 79.
NEW YORK (AP) - As chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas didn't just cover the fighting - he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.
The result was "Horst's army" of young photographers, who fanned out with Faas-supplied cameras and film and stern orders to "come back with good pictures."
He and his editors chose the best and put together a steady flow of telling photos - South Vietnam's soldiers fighting and its civilians struggling to survive amid the maelstrom.
Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with the AP, died Thursday in Munich, said his daughter, Clare Faas. He was 79.
RICHARD PYLE May 10, 2012 Picture shows Horst Faas with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2011 Picture Editors' Guild Awards. read full AP article
An appreciation of Paddy Hicks by Colin Smith ,friend and colleague.
F. S. "Paddy" Hicks, the former Picture Editor of the Press Association has died at the age of 78.
He passed away at home during the night of January 2/3 from heart failure while asleep in the chair at his Reading Home.
Paddy was chief photographer on The Kentish Times before moving on to be Picture Editor of The Reading Evening Post, joining the Press Association as Picture News Editor in the early seventies. He then succeeded Eric Pothecary as Picture Editor and started to make the changes which helped turn the PA's photographic operation into what it is today.
A warm kind man, he was a consummate professional with a shrewd mind. Articulate and direct, he helped many aspiring picture editors and photographers to get where they are today, sometimes over a glass or two of wine in El Vinos in New Bridge Street. His door at the PA was was always open to his staff when they needed an encouraging word or guidance with a professional or personal matter.
Paddy was a widower, he lost his dear wife Audrey about 18 months ago after a long battle with illness. He leaves a son and two daughters.
Paul Venskunas an appreciation Tragically Peter Pan is dead in typical Paul Venskunas style at a party at a summerhouse in Sweden.
Paul was born in the 30's, a typical eastend boy, with a passion to improve his life.He was completely self taught through his love of reading and decided at 70 years of age, to take a degree in English literature.
When he met his wife Susanne in 1972 on holiday in Mallorca, Paul, who didn't believe in fate admitted many years later that they met after both being stood up by other people. When he realized how young Susanne was he decided to trim 10 years off his age. After a swift passionate relationship they married in Sweden even though by this time she had checked out his passport and knew the truth.
Friends will remember that by Swedish custom every round birthday is celebrated with a large party. Paul avoided his age tally by saying it was Susannes' birthday so avoiding people knowing how old he was but also missing out on a lot of presents.
The reason Paul was so respected at work was because he always treated freelancers fairly and always kept in contact with them. If he offered you a price you always got paid even if he had to argue with his bosses.
He thought he was very lucky to have worked with such editors as Len Greener, Ron Morgans and Liz Cocks.
Being an eastend boy his friendship with Peter Floyd endured 'till the end.
His contacts book was priceless, he could find a photographer anywhere in the world. His love of sport was very confusing. On the one hand he supported West Ham but would send money to AFC Wimbledon amateur football club. He was also a great rugby fan and supported England. When I had coffee with him I was always relieved that Lithuania didn't have a rugby team otherwise life could have been very difficult. In his career he worked for the Daily Mirror,Sunday Mirror,Today,The Times,Sunday Times,Sun and was one of the fouders of News International Syndication
He will be greatly missed .
Kathy Taylor was born in Rotherhithe in 1960 one of 11 children and left school at 16. She started her career in Fleet St at the Daily Mail as a messenger in 1976.
She started at the very bottom and rose through the ranks through sheer hard work, talent and a driving ambition.
In 1986 she was taken on at the fledgling Today newspaper by pic editor Ron Morgans where she embraced the use of colour and the rapidly developing technology that came with the introduction of computers to editorial offices.
In 1990 Kathy married Today photographer Steve Burton ,they set up home right next door to the News International offices and both lived for the job until 1995 when Today was closed down.
Kathy was transfered within News International to the Times pic desk and remained there until 2005 when she left fighting a long illness that was ultimately to lead to her death in 2007.
She leaves behind ex-husband Steve and daughter Anastasia, both of who have warm memories of Kath as a mother, wife, friend and boss.