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Obituary: Sir Kenneth Corfield (1924-2016)

Sir Kenneth Corfield, the designer of the Corfield Periflex series and, later, the WA77 and Architect cameras, died on 11 January, aged 91 years. With Brian Gould he ensured that the Gandolfi company survived. He enjoyed a successful career in business as chairman and chief executive of STC. He was a life member of the Royal Photographic Society. Amateur Photographer carries a short report here:

Michael Pritchard writes...I first met Sir Ken in the 1980s when would attend the camera auctions at Christie's. Despite his role as a leader of industry he was always an engineer at heart as epitomised by his Corfield camera - the last commercially successful British camera range. Sir Ken was always friendly and helpful and willing to answer questions on his cameras. He remained fascinated by camera technology long after the final Corfield camera was sold and combined his technical background with that of an historian to great effect. For many of us his great legacy will be the Periflex camera.

Please comment with your own memories of Sir Ken. 

Image, top right: © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London.

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