David Redfern music photographer and photo library owner dies aged 78

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Very sad news to report this morning, David Redfern music photographer and founder of Redferns Music Picture Library died in France on Wednesday 22 October, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
He was 78.

Industry reaction:
Matthew Butson, Vice President, Hulton Archive told PhotoArchiveNews.com: ‘Having known David for 25 years or more, am deeply saddened by his passing. David was one of the true gentlemen in the world of photography and aside from his talent as photographer, he was, without doubt, one of the good guys. His prodigious output over the years – not least in the world of jazz – is arguably unrivalled and his innate positivity about both life and work was infectious. A fighter to the end, it is amazing to think he was still snapping to the end and only this summer covered the Vienna Jazz Festival. With Getty Images having acquired Redferns Music Library in late 2008, David was a regular visitor to the archive and I was always amazed at how upbeat David was, considering his condition, always planning ahead. As Sinatra once said of David – “…you’re one helluva photographer, keep shooting…” . Needless to say he’ll be sorely missed by many and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Suzy and the family.’

Charles Swan Swan Turton LLP: “I was a fan of David’s long before I started working in the photography field having watched his imposing figure at work way back in the eighties at a number of gigs. I was in awe of the man when I met him but he soon became a good friend. He was a true gentleman indeed and will be sadly missed. I’m happy I have some of his wonderful pictures.”

If you would like me to add your own memory of David to this article please email me will@photoarchivenews.com

David sold Redferns Music Picture Library to Getty Images in 2008.
He wrote in a post on his site after the sale to Getty Images: ‘Some 9 months have passed since I sold Redferns to Getty Images; the most frequently asked question (by far) ‘I suppose you’re just taking it easy now?’
Nothing could be further from the truth! I’d never wanted to retire, if you have a passion for photography and it’s lifestyle, then there is no cut off date. Much time has been spent renovating my building in West London, upgrading my flat and most importantly preparing the ground floor for our showroom that my partner Suzy & I are opening at the end of October.’

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↑ Getty Images file photo: David Redfern by David Redfern 01 Jan 1950 – view more images of David

Getty Images obit reads: Described by drummer Buddy Rich as “the greatest jazz photographer in the world”, David Redfern shot the biggest names in music in a career that spanned six decades. Starting in the jazz clubs of London’s Soho, through the pop explosion of the 1960s and moving on to major US festivals like New Orleans, which he covered for over 40 years, he chronicled the careers of everyone from Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and BB King to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye to name but a few.
David was also a well-known and influential figure in the wider world of photography, both through the Redferns agency which he founded and ran for over 40 years and as chair of the UK’s BAPLA – his contributions to the industry were immense. His never dimming passion for both music and photography will be sorely missed.

• Wiki reads: David Redfern (born 7 June 1936 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire) an English photographer specialising in music photography. He has been a photographer for 45 years and has over 10,000 pictures in his collection. His collection includes many famous photos of the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. In 1999 he published a book about his life called The Unclosed Eye.
• David was Chairman of BAPLA for some years and received ‘The Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography’ in New York in January 2007. The award recognises lifetime achievementin jazz photography as art and history.
• David continued his photographic work via his website

If you would like me to add your own memory of David to this article please email me will@photoarchivenews.com

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Vario represents stock photo production agency MITO – modern, European-influenced imagery

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Bonn – Germany- based photo agency Vario is now representing images from newly formed stock photo producer MITO images which offers a collection of modern, European-influenced people and lifestyle photography.
They say: ‘Topics such as family, health, business and sports are implemented by the agency’s photographers in a striking, sometimes unconventional imagery.’
Includes both RF and RM photos.

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Press Photo History Project – mapping press photography

The PhotoArchiveNews.com team are over at our Press Photo History Project for a few days.

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Found: Lord Lucan

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Lord Lucan’s disappearance on 8 November 1974, photo library Topfoto have found a great selection of license ready images of Lucan for your coverage.

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Searching for: Harry Smith Horticultural Photograph Collection – 1950s, 60s and 70s

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This in from PAN reader Sarah McDonald, Heritage Collections Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society

Hello Will,

Hope you’re very well? I’ve inherited a photographic collection in my new job at RHS and am trying to track down some info or photographers.
I wonder if it’s possible to put a call out on the Press Photo History site?

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Reminder: Fotofringe London 2015 – rebooking ends 31 Oct

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↑ At the tables talking images – Fotofringe London 2014 © Robert Piwko

Photo agencies, picture libraries and footage resources it’s time to secure your spot in front of hundreds of content buyers for the 2015 Fotofringe London event.

Agencies who have rebooked for fotofringe 2015 so far include: Alamy, Rex Features, Getty Images, WENN, 123rf, Mirrorpix, Topfoto.co.uk, ArenaPAL performing arts library, Rossiya Segodnya (formerly RIA Novosti), Advertising Archives, Nature Picture Library, akg-images; News Syndication, Allstar Picture Library, Lebrecht, EyeUbiquitous, Action Images, V&A Images, Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, The Queen’s House), Ikon Images, Art Archive, AWL Images, FLPA, Mary Evans Picture Library, Ardea, Tate Images, Werner Forman, LAT Photographic, Sonia Halliday Photo Library, Stockfood, Living4Media, CMN and RMN (France), 4Corners Images, Arcaid, Arctic Photo, Robert Harding, Steve Bloom, National Portrait Gallery, PPL, Creative Image Library, Homer Sykes’ My British Archive, Deposit Photos, Science Photo Library, Trigger Images, the National Museum of Wales, fotolibra.

• 2014 exhibitors have the booking details and forms so get cracking and fill them in by 31 Oct if you want to be at the 2015 event.
• Remaining tables, if any, will be offered to the waiting list from Saturday 1 November.
• If you have not exhibited before and want to attend in 2015 register your interest with Flora via email fotofringe@topfoto.co.uk

fotofringe London 2015 | Thursday 23 April at Kings Place, London | Set up on the day from 8.am. | Open to media researchers 9.30am-5.30pm.

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↑ Fotofringe London 2014 in full flow © Robert Piwko

• View our coverage of the fotofringe London 2014 event
Date Announced: Fotofringe London – 23 April 2015 – for media buyers

PhotoArchiveNews.com is Media Partner to Fotofringe 2015

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New website: Mary Evans Picture Library – offers ‘improved functionality and a fresh new look’

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Blackheath -UK- based stock photo library Mary Evans has released a newly updated website, offering improved functionality and a fresh new look.
They say: ‘In the process of updating our website we had various discussions with a number of our customers,’ says Paul Brown, Mary Evans’ Managing Director. ‘The general feedback about our existing site was very positive with many clients saying nothing needed changing. We did want a new look though and we’ve taken all comments on board, made tweaks here and there and added a few new ideas and improved the functionality to produce a site which we hope will be an even more rewarding and efficient customer experience.’
‘A new clear layout makes it easier to edit and filter online searches, while enhancements include the ability to restrict images according to landscape, portrait or square format. Researchers can also choose to sort results showing the most recently added images first. In addition, the home page has had a revamp, making navigation more simple and straightforward, and additional information about the library’s history and numerous collections easy to explore.’
www.MaryEvans.com

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New site: The Independent Photographers Association

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British Royal Rota group The Independent Photographers Association – IPA – are online with a brand new website. The IPA consists of five independent Royal photographers and was founded in 1989 by Robin Nunn of Fleet Street photo agency Nunn Syndication. View all five members here

• More on the British Royal Rota

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New website: Robert Harding World Imagery – ‘searching and licensing our photos has never been easier’

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Maidenhead -UK- based Travel, Nature, Culture and Environmental stock photo and footage agency Robert Harding are online with a new site this week.
The new site features:
– Simple Licensing Options.
– New Search Algorithm for pinpoint accuracy.
– New Photo and Video subscription packages.
– Enhanced ‘Cascading Grid’ layout with bigger images.
– Choice of background colours to further improve the user experience.
Robert Harding CEO & Founder said ‘Our key clients have given the new look site the thumbs up, and with the new user experience, the searching and licensing of our photos and video has never been easier. The site marks a new milestone for the agency in its client relationships and in the accessibility of our products and services. We are hugely excited about the new licensing models we are launching for our clients and for our contributors’.

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René Burri 1933 – 2014

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Photo: Rene Burri AUTOPORTRAIT, Coronado, New Mexico, 1973/83 Supplied by Magnum

Magnum photographer René Burri died on the 20 October. – View his portfolio here

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