Sad news reached the PAN office over the weekend, Frank Selby, the founder of London based photo agency Rex Features, has died.
We featured photos of Frank celebrating a very lively 100th Birthday last month.
I contacted Frank’s son, John, who is currently in Australia and he sent us the following words:
FRANK SELBY (Feri Salusinszky)
12th January 1918 – 17th February 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved and wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather Frank Selby.
He passed away quickly and peacefully at his London home on the morning of Saturday 17th February, having just minutes earlier told his wife, Elizabeth how much he loved her. Romantic to the end, even after nearly 70 years of marriage!
Frank was co-founder of Rex Features which was family-owned and run until 2011, a mentor for countless photographers and photo-journalists and a friend to everyone in Fleet Street.
It was a great pleasure for him and for us all to have celebrated his 100th birthday last month with close family and friends. We will miss him terribly but are so proud of everything he achieved in his lifetime.
The Selby Family
• John Selby told me an obituary is being prepared which we will update with once ready:
Industry Reaction: (scroll down to see other comments in the comments area below this article)
• Lars Modie at photo agency IBL Sweden.
“I’ve personally known Frank and the whole of Selby family for several years. Representing REX in Sweden since 1971 gave quite a few visits to Vine Hill Street in London where we always was hosted very friendly, most often combined with a family lunch (which lasted a couple of hours) in the office kitchen. Frank’s interest in images, and not at least photographers brought the REX business into one of the most successive ones in the editorial Marketplace.”
• John Melhuish who worked at Rex May 1994-April 2014.
“I am so sorry to read the news of the passing of Frank Selby. He was a kind and caring boss, always having time to speak to all. I will always be grateful to him and all the Selby family for offering me a job after a redundancy. RIP Mr. Selby.”
• Anne-Marie Craven
“Sad news indeed. I remember both of them so well when I was researching frequently at Rex in the late 70s and 80s. Kind, caring and always very welcoming. “
– researched as Anne-Marie Ehrlich
• Paul Brown – currently MD at Mary Evans Picture Library who worked at Rex Features 1980-2006 (26 years):
“So sorry to hear about Frank Selby. One of the industry greats from the Golden Era and beyond. What he and Elizabeth Selby created at Rex Features was truly special and unique and I feel privileged to have been part of the Rex family they created, for so long. Their integrity was the backbone of the agency which became one of Fleet Street’s most respected. He was a very special man. The world is a poorer place without him.”
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