SAFREA MOURNS THE PASSING OF GEOF KIRBY
MEDIA RELEASE SAFREA
4 September 2017 Obituary: Geof Kirby – Champion of the professional photographer
The Southern Africa Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA) mourns the passing of one of its founding members, well-known international photographer, Geof Kirby. Geof passed away in Cape Town last week after a short illness. He leaves his wife, Ruth and other family members who live in the UK, including his elderly mother.
“At the time of his passing, Geof was working very hard in representing the rights of freelancers and other photographers in Parliament on the Draft Amendment Bill to the Copyright Act of 1978, where he was engaged in making representations to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry,” said colleague and fellow SAFREA member, Gareth Griffiths.
“Geof’s passing is a blow to the entire community of freelancers in South Africa, but in particular to the photographic world where he very unselfishly championed their rights for several years,” said Griffiths.
“Media workers and photographers in South Africa have lost a great friend. We mourn his passing.”
Courtesy of Adrian Galley, herewith a link to Adrian's video compilation of Geoff addressing SA Parliament's Portfolio Committee on 4 August on the SA Copyright Act.