Tributes pour in for award-winning press photographer who died aged 78

Roger Bamber, inset, died earlier this month. Pictured is one of his snaps of the West Pier
Roger Bamber, inset, died earlier this month. Pictured is one of his snaps of the West Pier

TRIBUTES have poured in for an award winning press photographer who died aged 78.

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

He won several awards for his work over his career which started 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 big studio”.

Roger Bamber's photo on Brighton seafront of Punch and Judy in July 1992

One of his most famous pictures 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 photography basics."

Raymond Kemp described him as a “gentleman”.

He added: “A brilliant photographer and always a pleasure to work with. So sad to hear he has passed on.”

George Best – pictured in Mauritius in 1985 after serving a three month sentence for drink driving in December 1984

John Knight said: “In about 1990, I was barbecuing mackerel for the mackerel fair outside the Fishing Museum and a chap turned up taking photos of the sizzling fair.

“I suggested he would get better pictures from the other side, he gave me a wry smile and carried on, when he walked away my mate said ‘you know that was Roger Bamber!’

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

Nicholas Marsh said: “Sorry to hear about Roger Bamber. Many years ago I framed his wonderful photographs.”

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

Soldier with penguin on the Falklands in 1982

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

He captured famous faces such as George Best and Maggie Thatcher.

Roger also travelled the world such as his pictures during the Falklands War in 1982.

The 712 Seaford to Eastbourne Brighton and Hove bus

He also loved Brighton Buses and took many pictures of them over the years.

His career at The Sun spanned 19 years before he went freelance and worked for The Observer, The Independent and several magazines.

Roger’s funeral will be held on October 11.