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Gordon Brooks is dead


Gordon Brooks is dead
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Noted photographer and former NATION newspaper director, Gordon Brooks died in hospital on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 81.

Randy, the younger of his two sons, who has helped to carry on his father’s legacy, especially in cricket photography, remembered his deceased father for his compassion and loyalty.

“He enjoyed life to the fullest,” the younger Brooks said. “Work-wise, he was very professional and dedicated and he instilled in us to always make sure that the job is always completed, at all costs.”

Brooks was an apprentice to his father, Clarence, and the late Cyprian La Touche Sr at the Barbados Advocate as a photoengraver in the late 1960s.

In 1971, he established the Brooks La Touche Photography agency with Cyprian Jr with whom he had done many photographic assignments for the Advocate.

Brooks soon began taking photos for the NATION newspaper, which he helped found two years later.

He was fortunate to work alongside outstanding journalists such as Al Gilkes and the late Charles Harding in covering several high-profile overseas assignments, but he grew an interest in cricket photography and developed into an internationally recognised cricket photographer.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Ira, and his three children, Enrico, Randy and Dr Makeeba Brooks.