Tributes paid to ‘best news photographer in Scotland’

Gordon Jack - photographer
Gordon Jack - photographer

Media organisations throughout Scotland have been paying tribute to Gordon Jack, who sadly passed away last weekend.

Gordon William Jack was born in Haddington, East Lothian, but at around the age of 10 his family moved to Linlithgow, where he completed his schooling and would spend the rest of his life.

A well-known face both locally and across West Lothian, he came to professional photography relatively late in life, near the age of 30.

Quite early on in his career, he started working in a freelance capacity for the Daily Record.

“I took him on as a photographer in Edinburgh,” explained Stuart Nicol, the then picture desk editor.

“He came to me, showed his portfolio and started some doing freelance work with us and then I took him on staff.”

Mr Nicol had no doubts about Gordon’s abilities: “He was the best news photographer in Scotland by a country mile. His real key skill - talking to people who had been out on the road with him - was that he cared passionately about the story and worked very hard to make it work.

‘‘Not just the picture side of it. He put the leg-work in, knocking doors to help the journalists out. He had a great news sense.”

Gordon travelled the world in his role as a press photographer and was equally adept covering a studio-based fashion shoot as he was recording the heartbreaking plight of refugees in the Kosovo conflict
or the war in Afghanistan following 9/11.

In 2003, he established Jack Photography with his wife Gilly to promote his wedding and PR work. Five years later he launched editorial-focused ScotImage. Both were proudly based in Linlithgow, his home town.

He had attended the Friday rehearsal for Andy Murray’s wedding at Dunblane Cathedral, tweeting several photographs of the venue along with his hopes that the sunshine and blue sky would hold for the big day.

As the tennis star walked outside the cathedral to meet and greet hundreds of well-wishers, Mr Jack fell from his position on to a gravestone having suffered a heart attack.

He was rushed to hospital but sadly passed away the next afternoon from complications resulting from the heart attack.

A family man, deeply loved and missed is self-evident from these words:

“I have lost my best friend,” is how wife Gill describes his passing.

Megan spoke for all the children when she said: “You are the best dad, husband, son and friend and everyone who knows you is so lucky. I love you to the moon and back daddy. Goodnight.”