Tom Stoddart was born in Morpeth, Northumberland and began as a “snapper” for local, then National Newspapers. His remarkable shot of Diana outside her flat, just three days before the announcement of her engagement to HRH Prince Charles, began a career in Photojournalism that included the conflicts in Lebanon, Serbia and war torn Africa.
His work was staggering, in volume, variety but most of all in the impact his work had across both the media and the political spectrum.
“Tom touched the lives of so many as a brilliant, compassionate, courageous photographer whose legacy of work will continue to open the eyes for generations,” the family said. “He gave voice to those who did not have one and shone a light where there had been darkness.”
In 2006 I had the honour to work with him on a re-creation of the Italian Classic Film “La Dolce Vita” for Peroni. A leading character in the film was the leader of the photographers who followed the rich and famous. His name was Paparatso and his followers were the Paparazzi. This took Tom back to his roots, though this time in the more glamorous locations of Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the Cape of Good Hope.