Mark Jamieson, a notable and popular photographer from the North Coast, has died. He passed away earlier today.
As the news broke, hundreds of tributes have been paid to the popular press photographer through social media.
A spokesperson from Causeway Coast Community said “It was with sadness that we learned of the death this morning of Mark Jamieson. Mark had been ill for a short time only but his many years of photography around the Causeway Coast leave a fond, lasting memory.
It’s probably no exaggeration to say there’s not a school or organised event in the area that he’s not attended at some time or other to take photos.
Mark was one of a number of professional photographers who supplied Causeway Coast Community, very often letting us know of a local event before we’d even had time to ask him to cover it.
His death is untimely and a great loss to all who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences go to his daughter Lynsey and the wider family circle.”
Announcing the death, NIPPA chairman Freddie Parkinson said: “On behalf of everyone in the Northern Ireland Press Photographers’ Association it is with the deepest sadness to learn of the passing of our long term great friend and colleague Mark Jamieson who has been ill for a number of weeks.
“Mark turned 60 earlier this year and instead of birthday presents he asked everyone to donate to Action Cancer in memory of his late wife Donna.
“All our thoughts are with his daughter, Lynsey and all the family circle. Lynsey has not only lost her father but her best friend.”
Mr Parkinson continued: “Mark lost his wife through cancer a number of years ago and found it very difficult to suffer that great loss. Each time Mark and I meet up he always spoke of his daughter and his memories of his late wife.
“I have known Mark for approximately 30 years and he has been a very good friend to me as we both enjoyed a great chat and a good laugh over a pint when we were not working.
“Mark has been in the Northern Ireland Press Photographers’ Association for a long time and had won many awards. He considered the most important award the John Harrison Memorial for his photograph of Children In Sport.
“Being from Coleraine Mark very much loved his home town and had lots of friends including James Nesbitt as they both shared a passion for Coleraine Football Club.
“Mark was very much respected by everyone in the newspaper industry and a lot of editors and photographers spoke very highly of him and his quality of work as he always carried out with great professionalism.
“Everyone in the wide circle of the media today is in mourning for the loss of this great friend. If you knew Mark Jamieson in any way he always regarded you as a friend and we are all very much heart broken in losing a great legend.
“Rest in peace Mark no more pain.”
Claire Sugden MLA said “Mark was part of our local fabric on the North Coast & Coleraine. RIP Mark & condolences to his family & friends”