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Tribute: Terry Dennett (1938-2018), photographer

London-based photographer and researcher Terry Dennett, who passed away recently, would have turned 80 on 4 February.

There will be a service at the Islington Crematorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 7 February. 

Over the past 20 years, Terry was a mentor and dear friend, always sharing his wide ranging photographic knowledge generously. For decades he worked as staff photographer at the London Zoo, where he had a colour and black and white darkroom, and would regularly collaborate on projects with researchers there.

He was also the dedicated founder/keeper of the Jo Spence Memorial Archive which he ran for nearly 25 years, and ensured Jo Spence' legacy - eventually overseeing the safe deposit of her research material, at the Toronto's Ryerson School of Image Arts Archive research centre, at London's Birkbeck institute, and also with Richard Saltoun.

Together with Jo Spence, Terry collaborated on many projects from the early 1970s onwards, including The Crisis Project.  He also supported the international Phototherapy community by making the archive accessible, presenting at conferences, giving talks to students (including at the University of Brighton on several occasions) and offering tutorials and resources freely. 

It would have been wonderful to celebrate his 80th birthday together this weekend. Instead, those of you who knew Terry might wish to consider attending the service next Wednesday, or keep his memory alive in your hearts. 

Julia Winckler 

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Comment by Derek Trillo MA ARPS on February 5, 2018 at 12:15

He was also past-president of AHFAP, the association for photographers of cultural and historical assets http://www.ahfap.org.uk/

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