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Sports photographer and picture editor Mark Wohlwender dies aged 50

Photo supplied: Formula One F1 – Ayrton Senna – Brazilian Mandatory Credit: Action Images/Mark Wohlwender

Sad news reaches the PAN office this week, the death of one of the busiest men in the sports photo arena Mark Wohlwender a sports photographer and picture editor at the Guardian newspaper in London. He was 50 and died of lung cancer.

David Jacobs, founder of sports photo agency Action Images where Mark worked sent us this :
“I was fortunate to know Mark as a friend and then in later years as a work colleague.
He was one of our industry’s great characters and went on to become a truly inspirational force, he always had a kind word and great respect for his colleagues. His love and interest in the “art of sport photography” was sadly shared by too few as we all chased the easy money (back then)…..
Sadly we lost touch for many years though in recent years we did meet at industry gatherings when we would reminisce with great pride about the past.
He will be missed but remembered as a flamboyant and highly cultured individual, different from most of us in sport, an enigma of our trade.
His memory will live on through his art, we will miss you Mark.”

Read Mark’s Guardian Obit

Photo supplied: Toyota World Matchplay Golf Wentworth 13-16/10/94 Pic:Mark Wohlwender/Action Images
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If you would like to leave a memory of Mark on this article please send me your words will@photoarchivenews.com or use the comments box below. I am also looking for a decent image of Mark to accompany this article, again, if you have one I can post please send it to the above email. Thanks.

Thanks to Tom Jacobs on the Action Images/Reuters live picture desk for help on the photos for this article.

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