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Obituary: Rick Strange – predominant travel photographer

Sad news reaches PAN today – stock photographer Rick Strange has died.

His friend and fellow photographer Phil Enticknap sent us this in memory of Rick:

Hi Will,

I received sad news yesterday about the passing of travel photographer Rick Strange who was in is 70’s. His family contacted me as they wanted to inform the industry of its loss.

Rick was an expert in his field throughout the 70’s 80’s & 90’s working mainly for travel companies and shooting stock . He had visited all  continents in his quest and hundreds of countries

He established a world wide network of agencies selling his work and was probably one of the most successful travel photographers of all time.

In the UK he worked exclusively with the photo agency World Pictures previously known as Feature Pix  set up by the late Gerry Brenes and his work featured predominately in the World Pictures collection. A traditional film photographer he continued shooting  well into the 21st century. More lately in recent years he set up his own website World Travel Photographs to sell his work.

With the decline in demand for high end stock images and the resurgence of microstock agencies he slowly began to hang up his cameras and turn his attention to his hobby of collecting and restoring pocket watches. The hobby grew and he set up a website Pocket Watches UK to sell some fine examples of his craft.

Rick who was in good health apart from the normal ageing slowing up process died suddenly on the 2nd September and his funeral was on the 29th.

He was a master of his craft and lived a good life throughout the paramount years of stock photography.

Carlo Trek of 4Corners Images photo library sent PAN this memory of Rick:

Whilst my career in stock photography began at World Pictures, I knew Rick before I was fully committed to the agency side of our business. He was an inspiration to the young lad finding his way in the photography business.

Another great from the World Pictures pantheon was also lost this summer: Michael Howard, a photographic titan who focussed almost exclusively on Portugal, where he made his home.
Everyone who’s ever been to the Algarve will have come across his work and I had the opportunity to assist on several of Mike and Sue’s location shoots. Both Rick and Mike were mentors I admired and were a guiding influence.

• If you would like to remember Rick on PAN – please email me or use the comments box below.

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