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Tribute to Isle of Wight photographer Graham Reading

Award-winning local photographer Graham Reading has died aged 62.

Graham, from Ryde, could often be seen at major events on the island, such as backstage at the Isle of Wight Festival, taking photos with his beloved camera.

He was from Ealing. His parents owned a preparatory school in London and after his school years he went to Swansea University.

It was here that he met his 36-year-old wife, Katrina.

For a while he was an advertising salesman for the South Wales Evening Post and enjoyed working weekends as a wedding photographer.

In the 1980s he moved to London and trained as a primary teacher, starting with his parents’ school.

However, his passion was photography and he took every opportunity to become a freelance for the Slough and Windsor Observer, eventually becoming a popular company photographer.

His shots of high profile events appeared regularly in OK! Magazine.

He devoted himself full time to his photography in 1995 and covered events such as the weddings of the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He was known to carry his trusty ladder, nicknamed Larry.

His favorite photos were the ones he took of ballet dancers in beautiful places.

He and his family moved to the Isle of Wight eight years ago, where Graham devotedly looked after his disabled mother Phyllis, who died at the age of 95 in April. It was from his mother that he inherited his passion for photography.

Graham was a devout Christian, attending Ryde Elim Church and a talented trumpeter.

He leaves his wife and their daughter Hannah.

A funeral service must be organized.

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