Tributes for the late Brighton press photographer Roger Bamber

TRIBUTES have been received for an award-winning press photographer who died at the age of 78.

Roger Bamber died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Sunday September 11.

He won several awards for his work throughout his career, which began at the Daily Mail in 1965.

Roger’s wife Shan Lancaster said Roger, originally from Leicester, fell in love with Brighton and used the beach as a “great studio”.

The Argus: Roger Bamber photographed on Brighton seafront by Punch and Judy in July 1992Roger Bamber photographed on Brighton beach by Punch and Judy in July 1992

One of his most famous images was of Brighton’s Punch and Judy man, the late Sergeant Stone, in July 1992.

Dozens of people paid tribute to Roger following the news of his death.

Steve Hallett said: “Rest in peace Roger, such a lovely guy and great talent. A friend for a while who taught me the basics of photography.”

Raymond Kemp described him as a “gentleman”.

He added: “A brilliant photographer who is always a pleasure to work with. It’s so sad to hear that he passed away.”

The Argus: George Best - pictured in Mauritius in 1985 after serving a three-month sentence for drunk driving in December 1984George Best – pictured in Mauritius in 1985 after serving a three-month sentence for drunk driving in December 1984

John Knight said: “About 1990 I was grilling mackerel for the mackerel fair outside the Fisheries Museum and a guy showed up to take pictures of the fair sizzling.

“I suggested he take better pictures of the other side, he gave me a crooked smile and continued as he walked away my mate said ‘You know that was Roger Bamber!’

Jackie Cooper added: “What a loss. I have his photo on my wall from the West Pier in New Zealand.”

Nicholas Marsh said: “I’m sorry to hear from Roger Bamber. I framed his wonderful photographs many years ago.”

Roger started at the Daily Mail before moving to the newly formed Sun newspaper in 1969.

The Argus: Soldier with Penguin in the Falkland Islands 1982Soldier with penguin in the Falkland Islands 1982

He covered a variety of topics including war, rock and pop, hard news and features around the world.

He photographed famous faces like George Best and Maggie Thatcher.

Roger also traveled the world as did his paintings during the 1982 Falklands War.

The Argus: The 712 bus from Seaford to Eastbourne Brighton and HoveThe 712 bus from Seaford to Eastbourne Brighton and Hove

He was also fond of Brighton Buses and took many photos of them over the years.

His career at The Sun spanned 19 years before becoming a freelancer, working for The Observer, The Independent and several magazines.

Roger’s funeral will take place on October 11.

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