John Harrison RIP

News of the overnight death of photographer John Harrison will have shocked everyone who knew him. He was a gentleman of the highest order and his easy manner and unerring eye ensured that he was able to capture photographs that will last long into the future.

I always found John to be encouraging and thoughtful during our encounters and i can still hardly believe that i won’t bump into him again.

My sincerest condolences to his wife Mandy and their 3 children.

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  • wild turkey


    never knew the man… but from your clear and heartfelt tribute it is obvious he was a good man… and they are very thin on the ground these days.

    has anyone ever told you that you can write as well as you “shoot”?

    i just have

    good luck


  • John was a decent guy as you could ever hope to meet, and also a very fine photographer. Martin McGuinness said he cried when a journalist friend rang at 7am with the bad news. It’s reassuring that Martin is not on Twitter, but he will not be the only person who deeply regrets John’s passing.

  • John always had time for a chat at the various events i met him at. A true gent no mistake about it.
    I’ve also been told that MMG offered John his seat in first class when he noticed that John wasn’t feeling too well on the flight back from the States.(John declined)
    I too shed a tear this morning i don’t mind admitting.

  • SDLP Man

    An extremely nice guy. Sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

  • Mrazik

    I met him on quite a number of occasions. He was always considered the best freelance photographer to employ by a number of people and organisations that I know – he also did some pro-bono work for good causes.

    I always found him very professional, yet easy going. This is very sad news, especially at such a young age.

  • Greenflag

    From the words spoken about Mr Harrison both here and in the media and those who knew him personally a very sad and unexpected loss . Condolences to his family .

  • Mr Crumlin

    I knew John very well – an absolute gentleman, funny and a great human being. I was absolutely gutted by the news. He never changed no matter who he was beside – will be sorely missed.

    My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Re-engaged

    Cannot claim to have known John well but having been in his company several times, most recently this week in Washington DC it was clear he was someone with a tremendous talent, highly respected and a as Mrazik stated – very easy going in his approach but still highly professional.

    His death comes as a great shock and will be sadly missed by many, not least his family.